Hershey’s Cream Cheese Brownies

From-scratch fudge brownies with a cream cheese swirl - what's not to love in this decadent dessert? These cream cheese brownies are a must-try recipe!

cream cheese fudge brownies made with Hershey's chocolate

Brownies made from Scratch

From-scratch brownies can be totally intimidating, am I right? But what if I told you they were actually super easy to make and turned out a delicious dessert you could finish in one sitting?

These cream cheese brownies are just that! Don’t let the from-scratch brownie part scare you – just think of how impressive you’ll sound to your friends. 😉

I always stock up on Hershey’s Candy Bars in the summer because you never know when you might need them for S’mores. I came across these cream cheese brownies from Doughmestic.com and was so excited to try them. With my surplus of Hershey’s Candy Bars, I figured I better put them to good use.

How to make Cream Cheese Brownies:

  1. Preheat oven to 350. Spray a 9×9 baking pan with cooking spray.
  2. In the microwave, melt chocolate and butter in 30 second intervals, stirring in between, until smooth. Set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl, beat together eggs and vanilla with the sugar. Slowly add in chocolate mixture until combined (be careful not to over-mix).
  4. In small bowl, sift together cocoa, salt and flour. Add the mixture to the rest of the batter, then pour batter into the prepared baking pan.
  5. Mix together cream cheese, sugar, salt, egg and vanilla until smooth. Pour cream cheese mixture over brownie batter. Use a sharp knife to swirl together.
  6. Bake 50 minutes to 1 hour, or until just set and toothpick inserted comes out clean. Be sure not to overcook! You may want to check them at 45 minutes, just to make sure they aren’t too done.
  7. Top with original sized Hershey Bars and return to still warm (but off) oven until lightly melted. Allow to cool slightly before serving.

How to get a clean cut brownie:

There are three things to know to get a perfectly clean-cut brownie.

  1. Cool your brownies completely before cutting (chilled in the refrigerator is even better!).
  2. Use a sharp knife. A lot of problems in the kitchen can be solved by using a really good knife.
  3. Run your knife under warm-hot water before cutting.

Box mix substitute?

We would not recommend using a boxed brownie mix as a substitute for the from-scratch batter in this recipe. After hearing from many of you, and trying it ourselves, it doesn’t seem to turn out quite right (even when you adjust the baking time).

How To store Cream Cheese Brownies:

These brownies can sit at room temperature for a few hours, but after that, we would recommend storing them in the refrigerator in an airtight container for 3-4 days.

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Serves: 16

Smaller Family- Hershey's Cream Cheese Brownies

From-scratch fudgy brownies with a cream cheese swirl - what's not to love in this decadent dessert?

10 minPrep Time

1 hrCook Time

1 hr, 10 Total Time

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Ingredients

  • 3 ounces Hershey's Milk Chocolate Chips
  • 10 Tablespoons butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons Unsweetened Hershey's Cocoa Powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • For the Cream Cheese Swirl
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • pinch salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 5 (1.55 ounce) chocolate Hershey Bars for the top

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350. Spray a 9x9 baking pan with cooking spray
  2. In the microwave, melt chocolate and butter until smooth. Set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl, beat eggs and vanilla with the sugar. Slowly add in chocolate mixture until well combined.
  4. In small bowl, sift together cocoa, salt and flour. Add mixture to rest of batter.
  5. Pour batter into prepared baking pan.
  6. For the Cream Cheese Swirl
  7. Beat ingredients together until smooth. Pour over brownie batter. Use sharp knife to swirl together.
  8. Bake 50 minutes to 1 hour, or until just set and toothpick inserted comes out clean. Top with original sized Hershey Bars and return to still warm (but off) oven until lightly melted. Allow to cool a little bit.
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Recipe adapted from Doughmestic

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28 Responses to “Hershey’s Cream Cheese Brownies”

  1. Marcie
    We've made these now 3 times. This has quickly become a family favorite. Not too sweet, not to fudgey (not sure if this is a word). Super easy to make and goes together super fast. The worst part is waiting for them to bake! Thank you so much for posting!
  2. These were delicious! Perfect for cream cheese lovers! My oven runs hot so I removed from the oven at 45 minutes, turned off heat, and put the Hershey bars on and let sit for 15 minutes and removed again. Then used a knife to spread the Hershey's. Yum!
    • Hi Kay, I pulled up some information on subbing gluten free flour for regular flour. Hope this helps! Purely subbing in gluten-free flour doesn't always work. Because gluten is a structural protein, the products are often very tender and even crumbly if you just replace the flour that?s called for in the recipe with gluten-free flour. However, in some baked products such as muffins or cookies, you can make that simple substitution. When you?re making muffins or cookies, even with wheat flour, you don't want to overwork the batter or dough because overworking results in too much gluten production and a tough product. I typically use a gluten-free flour for muffins and cookies and don't add any kind of binder for extra structure. On the other hand, cakes, breads, scones, and other baked goods with a non-gluten flour require some structural assistance from a binder. Many people use xanthan gum as a binder, and most all store-bought gluten-free products also contain xanthan gum.

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