A dressed-up version of classic brownies, these Marble Brownies are easy to make yet fancy enough to impress a crowd. Swirls of cream cheese and brownie batter combine to make a decadently rich treat that looks good and tastes even better!

stacked marble brownies on a white plate

When Brownies Meet Cheesecake

Why choose between brownies and a cheesecake when you can have both with marbled cheesecake brownies? We top a standard brownie base with a cream cheese mixture that bakes up just like a classic cheesecake.

We like keeping it simple on All Things Mamma, so I used a boxed brownie mix to make these marble brownies. You can find all kinds of brownie mixes in the baking aisle these days. However, you don’t want anything fancy that will compete with the cream cheese flavor. Just pick up a box of your favorite classic brownie mix!

You’ll prepare the brownie mix according to the package instructions when making marble brownies. Most boxed brownie mixes have instructions for cakey or chewy brownies and it’s up to you which method you want to use. Really, you can’t go wrong either way!

a pan of marble brownies on a table

Recipe Ingredients

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  • 1 (19.8 ounce) boxed brownie mix – Again, any basic chocolate brownie mix will do. Skip the fancy ones with mix-ins or different flavors!
  • 8 ounces softened cream cheese – Use block-style cream cheese, not cream cheese from a tub. If you forget to let it soften before, heat it in the microwave for 15 seconds before you begin!
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg – You’ll also need to make the brownies according to the package instructions. So, you’ll likely need an additional egg or two.
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Variations

  • Fold chopped nuts into the batter for a bit of extra crunch.
  • Fold chocolate chips into the batter for added richness.
  • Substitute the vanilla extract with peppermint extract to make peppermint marble brownies!
Marble Brownies being made.

Directions for How to Make Marble Brownies

  1. Prepare: Before you begin, preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Then, grease a 13×9 baking dish with cooking spray, and set it aside.
  2. Make the brownie batter: Combine the ingredients for the brownie mixture according to the package instructions. Pour the batter into the prepared baking dish, spreading it out evenly.
  3. Make the cheesecake mixture: Add the cream cheese to a bowl, and use a hand mixer or stand mixer to beat until creamy. Then, add the sugar, vanilla, and egg, and mix until smooth.
  4. Combine: Drop tablespoons of the cream cheese mixture over the brownie batter. Then, use the end of a knife to swirl it around.
  5. Bake: Transfer your cheesecake brownies to the oven, and bake until the cream cheese is lightly browned and the brownies are set.

Serving Suggestions

These brownies are plenty decadent on their own. However, if you really want to go all out, try serving them warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream!

Marble Brownies stacked on white plate.
Marble brownies are the dressed-up version of a classic box mix brownie – swirls of cream cheese and brownie combine to make a treat that looks good and tastes even better!

How to Store + Freeze

  • Store leftover brownies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to two days or in the fridge for up to one week. I highly recommend storing them in the fridge to keep the cream cheese mixture fresh!
  • Freeze the brownies for up to three months. Wrap each brownie in plastic wrap, and transfer them to a sealable bag or airtight container.
  • Thaw in the fridge overnight, and enjoy cold, at room temperature, or warm your brownies for a few seconds in the microwave!

Quick Tip

Some people use toothpicks to swirl the cream cheese, but I find a butterknife works best. After dropping the cream cheese mixture onto the brownie batter, insert the knife at one edge of the pan. Then, drag it all the way to the other edge in a straight line. Next, move the knife an inch or two over, and repeat in the opposite direction.

Alternatively, you can create a more informal look by simply swirling your knife around until you’re happy with the way the brownies look.

Two marble brownies stacked on a plate.

Marble Brownies

Marble brownies are the dressed-up version of a classic box mix brownie – swirls of cream cheese and brownie combine to make a treat that looks good and tastes even better!
5 from 1 vote
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 24 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Equipment

  • 1 13×9 Baking Dish
  • 2 Large Bowls
  • 1 Hand Mixer or Stand Mixer

Ingredients  

  • 1 (19.8 ounce) package brownie mix
  • 1 8 ounce package cream cheese, softened
  • cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla

Instructions 

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Prepare brownie batter as directed on package and spread in a 13×9 dish coated with cooking spray.
    1 (19.8 ounce) package brownie mix
  • Add the cream cheese to a bowl and beat until creamy. Add the sugar, vanilla, and egg. Mix well.
    1 8 ounce package cream cheese, softened, ⅓ cup sugar, ½ teaspoon vanilla, 1 egg
  • Drop by tablespoonfuls over brownie batter and use the end of a knife and swirl.
  • Bake 35 to 40 min. or until cream cheese mixture is lightly browned.
  • Cool completely before cutting to serve

Notes

Store leftover brownies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to two days or in the fridge for up to one week. I highly recommend storing them in the fridge to keep the cream cheese mixture fresh!

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 151kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.001g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 101mg | Potassium: 15mg | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 137IU | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 1mg
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Comments

  1. Anna Allen says:

    5 stars
    My family loves these brownies & I’ve made this twice now because they disappear!! Yummy!! Thank you!!

    1. Shyanne - ATM Team says:

      Thank you so much, Anna! We’re happy to hear they’re such a hit!

  2. How long would I need to bake if I doubled the recipe?

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