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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.
But I do like to spruce things up some. This boxed brownie mix gets a little help from a cream cheese swirl topping.
Aren’t they pretty?
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.
My mom has used this brownie mix since I was in high school, and they are KILLER. So fudgy. She always would make them chock-full of pecans. These brownies are so heart-warming and comforting to me that I don’t wish to make them any other way. Costco sells this mix in bulk, and you better believe I snatch those up.
You can use your favorite boxed mix, or if you want to make yours 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.
Prepare your brownie batter as normal, but reserve about a cup of it (SO IMPORTANT). Pour into a greased 9×9 pan. Pour 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.