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There are some things in life that I refuse to make from scratch.
I’m sure brownies from scratch are delicious, but I have laundry to be done and a messy living room and a dog that needs some lovin’ and a life that needs to be lived and boxed brownies will do just fine thankyouverymuch.
These cream cheese swirl brownies are possibly my favorite variation of brownies in all the land. Even better- the cream cheese topping only uses THREE ingredients. All about simplicity here, people😉
These would be so cute in little heart molds for your kiddos to take to school for Valentine’s Day or a party! Or, just for your girlfriends😉 I’ve rounded up the CUTEST valentine’s day baking tools and gifts below.
Cream Cheese Swirl Brownies: What You’ll Need
- Your favorite boxed brownie mix (I swear by this Ghiradelli Triple Chocolate mix. I buy it in bulk, people)
- Cream cheese
- Vanilla extract
- 8×8 dish (I love the square one from this Pyrex set because it has a lid, so I can just pop it on and be done with it rather than having to deal with transferring the brownies to a Tupperware)
If you want to make your brownies from scratch, I promise not to roll my eyes at you. I’m sure they’re delicious. You can send me some and I’ll taste test them, ok?
There are many things I like to make from scratch, but sometimes you need the ease of a good ol’ boxed mix. Like mac and cheese. And gooey, fudgy brownies. Clearly I’ve got comfort food on my mind, y’all.
How To Make Cream Cheese Swirl Brownies
Prepare your brownie batter as normal, but reserve about a cup of it (SO IMPORTANT). Pour into a greased 8×8 pan.
Next, our the cream cheese mixture over the top of the brownies.
Then, drizzle the reserved brownie mix on top. You don’t have to be precise- you’re going to swirl around the cream cheese anyway. Be careful not to swirl too much, because the cream cheese will mix with the brownie and start to turn brown. You’ll lose the pretty contrast of the dark brownie and the white cream cheese.
Makes 9 (thick) brownies. For more, use a 13×9 dish and double the brownie mix. See notes.