When time is short, and I need to make a treat, I throw together these Super Simple Cream Cheese Brownies. They are seriously rich and amazing.
The base is from a cake mix, the rest is up to you. My favorite basic chocolate frosting gives this dessert an extra special home made touch.
Super Simple Cream Cheese Brownies
- 1 Butter Recipe Chocolate Cake Mix*
- 1/2 cup melted butter
- 1 large egg beaten
- 3-4 tablespoons milk
Cream cheese layer
- 8 oz. cream cheese, room temperature not low fat
- 2 large eggs beaten
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
Creamy Chocolate Frosting
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
- 3 cups powdered sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/3 cup half and half or milk
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Place cake mix, 1/2 cup melted butter, 1 egg and 3-4 tablespoons milk in a large bowl. Spread mixture into a 9×13 greased pan.
Beat softened cream cheese until smooth. Add eggs. Mix in powdered sugar and flour, until all ingredients are incorporated. Spread over brownie mixture in pan.
Bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out with a few moist crumbs attached. Let cool completely.
Beat butter until smooth, and add unsweetened cocoa, powdered sugar, salt and vanilla. Mix in half and half a little at a time, until frosting is desired consistency. Spread over top of the cooled brownie.
- I have used various chocolate cake mix brands, all work well in this recipe.
- Don’t be concerned about the appearance of the brownies after they are finished baking. Once they are frosted, the top of the brownie is covered in frosting.
- If the edges of the brownie rises up more than the middle of the brownie while baking, use a spatula and push the edges down while still warm just after removing from oven.
- f you are in a hurry, place the brownies in the freezer (after they have cooled enough to handle the pan). They will cool in about 20 minutes.
17 thoughts on “Super Simple Cream Cheese Brownies”
LOVE LOVE, look decadent and yummy. Also I would love to participate in the guest post thing. Let me know!
I looked all over but wasn't able to find a Butter Recipe Chocolate Cake Mix. Can I just use a regular chocolate cake mix and substitute butter for the oil? I have made you lemon bread twice now-Love It!!!
These look FANTASTIC. I just might have to let myself get bored later and make them.
Favorite part of this post= closing line. "Don't be tempted to use canned frosting. One word. Sick"
Such as Si and Brookie thing to say! Makes me miss yall all too much!!! <3
Yes, Steffanie, you may use any type of chocolate cake mix. I would stick with Betty Crocker (who makes a butter recipe, if you can find it), or Duncan Hines. Glad you love the lemon bread!
Madison, Very funny. We miss you too 🙂
Love your comment about tub of frosting, i feel the same way….YUCK-O!!!
It looks like the cream cheese is sandwiched in between cake layers?? Do you just layer it as you pour it in the pan?
Misty, I know it looks like you sandwich the cream cheese layer…but no, just spread the brownie layer in first, then top with the cream cheese layer. Frost on top.
You won me over with this decadent brownie recipe.
Sounds too good to not try! Thanks for sharing. I'm a new follower, I would love a follow back at funwithnancy.blogspot.com
This looks amazing. I need to be your neighbor!
Yum! Saw these linked up over at Recipe Swap Sunday… had to check them out. So glad I found your blog, you've got a ton of recipes I'd like to try! I am your newest follower 🙂
I am a sucker for brownies, these look so yummy! Would love for you to share this at Fat Camp Friday this weekend. One recipe is picked every Monday and featured on my front page all week! http://tiny.cc/FatCampFriday29
These look really great! I made something similiar a couple of weeks ago, check it out!
Your recipe is being featured at Mangoes and Chutney this week! Thank you for linking up to Fat Camp Friday! http://tiny.cc/FatCampFriday30
I made your brownies for this month's Secret Recipe Club. I had this image of absolutely delicious-looking brownies, haunting me for several weeks, and then last week when it was timt to pick a recipe for SRC I came to your blog, and voilla – here were the brownies of my dreams :-). I must have seen them before, when the post was just published. Thanks for the recipe! And for the many other great recipes on your blog 🙂
Are you supposed to add cake mix only or the rest of the ingredients on the box too? I only added the mix and it was pretty hard to spread around. Also, it seemed to take longer than 30 minutes. Otherwise, they were good. Thanks
IN the first step it should be the cake mix, butter, egg and milk listed in the ingredients on the recipe. I hope this clarification helps!