Traditional cheesecake brownies use a lot more butter, sugar and full-fat cream cheese, but this version gets a healthy makeover with white whole-wheat flour and reduced-fat cream cheese. Don't worry, the extra eggs still keep this fudgy brownie rich and decadent., February 2023


Credit: Brittany Conerly

Recipe Summary

15 mins
1 hr 15 mins

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Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line an 8-inch square baking pan with parchment paper, leaving a 1-inch overhang on 2 sides. Lightly coat with cooking spray.

  • Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium-low heat. Add 1 cup sugar and chocolate chips; whisk constantly just until the chocolate has melted and the mixture is mostly smooth, about 30 seconds. Remove from heat and stir in cocoa, 1 teaspoon vanilla and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Let cool, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes. Whisk in 3 eggs, 1 at a time; stir until the batter is glossy and smooth. Transfer 1/3 cup batter to a small bowl and set aside. Gently fold 3/4 cup flour into the batter in the pot. 

  • Beat cream cheese with an electric mixer in a large bowl until smooth. Add the remaining 1/3 cup sugar, 1/4 cup flour, 1 teaspoon vanilla and pinch of salt; beat until smooth, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary. Add the remaining egg and beat again until smooth.

  • Spread the brownie batter evenly in the prepared baking pan, then top with the cream cheese batter, spreading evenly. Dollop the 1/3 cup reserved brownie batter onto the cream cheese layer. Using a toothpick or sharp knife, swirl the dolloped brownie batter into the cheesecake layer. 

  • Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 30 to 35 minutes. Let cool completely, about an hour, before cutting and serving.


Parchment paper

Nutrition Facts

1 brownie
250 calories; protein 5g; carbohydrates 33g; dietary fiber 3g; sugars 24g; added sugar 22g; fat 13g; saturated fat 7g; mono fat 4g; poly fat 1g; cholesterol 69mg; vitamin a iu 322IU; vitamin d iu 12IU; vitamin e iu 1IU; folate 11mg; vitamin k 1mg; sodium 153mg; calcium 39mg; iron 2mg; magnesium 35mg; phosphorus 92mg; potassium 166mg; zinc 1mg; omega 6 fatty acid 1g; niacin equivalents 1mg; selenium 6mcg.