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Cream Cheese Swirled Brownies

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Pillsbury™. The opinions and text are all mine. These cream cheese swirl brownies are the perfect thing to whip up for your kids as a special treat after they get off the bus!

Cream Cheese Swirled Brownies are my FAVORITE.

Cream Cheese Swirl Brownies

I don’t know about you guys, but back-to-school seriously couldn’t come fast enough this year.

Not only do I love baking season and fall roasts and apples and all things fall, but oh my gosh. This summer was LONG.

I started the WAHM (work at home mom) life back in 2014, and since then summer has taken on a whole new meaning.

Have you ever priced out day camp for 4 kids? No? I don’t suggest it. I’d need 3 more jobs to pay for that and it just isn’t realistic.

That means that not only am I rocking it trying to keep up with this blog thing I’ve got going on, in addition to working full time at the very best job I’ve ever had, I’m also playing full time referee and trying to keep the chaos to a minimum while I get stuff done.

Or attempt it, at least.

Mostly it is just me trying to type more than 3 sentences without getting interrupted, and then working around the clock to try and make up for my general lack of productivity during the day.

Fun times.

That’s why I big puffy heart back-to-school, and shortcuts like Pillsbury brownies! Anything that can shave time and clean up off of our typical baking routine (which is non-existent during the summer.) You may remember these awesome Galaxy cupcakes we made this summer!

I love making real-life experiences into learning opportunities, and baking is a great way to teach little ones about fractions, measurements, & temperature. I’ve been loving the Pillsbury Filled Pastry Bag for projects with the kids that I don’t necessarily have alllll of the hours to complete or clean up.

They are super easy to use, come pre-filled, and with star tips already on them, like this Chocolate Fudge Frosting did.

Join the Pillsbury Operation Celebration and create your own special treats! Sign up HERE for the Pillsbury newsletter to receive baking ideas.

I love the Pillsbury family sized box because it makes enough to feed even MY huge family. A 13×9 pan is a huge help when this hungry crew comes home off the busses.

Cream Cheese Swirled Brownies are my FAVORITE.

Mix these brownies up according to package directions. Make sure not to overmix!

Cream Cheese Swirled Brownies are my FAVORITE.

Mix up your cream cheese mixture in a separate bowl. Make sure the cream cheese is softened!

Cream Cheese Swirled Brownies are my FAVORITE.

Cream Cheese Swirled Brownies are my FAVORITE.

Spread your brownie mix into the pan evenly.

Cream Cheese Swirled Brownies are my FAVORITE.

Spoon dollops of the cream cheese mixture over the brownie mix, and use a butter knife to gently cut drag through the brownies to swirl the two together.

Cream Cheese Swirled Brownies are my FAVORITE.

Bake at 350 for 28-30 minutes.

Cream Cheese Swirled Brownies are my FAVORITE.

Don’t let anyone get too impatient while you are waiting for them to cool down!

Yield: 12 people

Cream Cheese Swirled Brownies

Cream Cheese Swirled Brownies

These brownies are easy, delicious, and full of cream cheese flavor. You're going to love the shortcut of using brownie mix

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 28 minutes
Total Time 38 minutes


  • 1 package Brownie Mix, 9x13 sized (plus all called-for ingredients)

Cream Cheese Mix

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 large egg, {beaten}
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla


  1. Preheat oven to 350. Spray a 9x13 cake pan with baking spray.
  2. Mix together brownie ingredients according to package directions. Pour into the baking pan.
  3. Mix together all of the cream cheese mix ingredients with an electric mixer. Place dollops over the brownie mix, and gently swirl together with a butter knife. 
  4. Bake for 28-30 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out with moist crumbs. Let cool for 15-20 minute, and serve warm. 

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 335Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 35mgSodium: 219mgCarbohydrates: 50gFiber: 0gSugar: 9gProtein: 4g

Nutrition data provided here is only an estimate. If you are tracking these things for medical purposes please consult an outside, trusted source. Thanks!

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Kelly @ trial and eater

Saturday 23rd of September 2017

These make me think of a cream cheese brownie that I had at my high school graduation party forever ago. They were sooo good and I was so upset later because my grandma gave all of them away to people leaving without me knowing. I need to try these and see if they're as good as I remember!

Nicole Johnson

Sunday 24th of September 2017

:D :D LOL @ "forever ago". You definitely graduated very recently, in my mind. Or you are just aging REALLY REALLY well, which, #goals. These brownies are awesome! I don't know if they'll compete with Grandma's though, but I hope they come close!

Ronda Eagle

Saturday 23rd of September 2017

I big puffy heart back-to-school for many of the same reasons, but I sure do miss her while she's at school. What a fun and tasty treat. I love cheesecake and brownies, so this is the perfect mash-up!

Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet

Wednesday 20th of September 2017

Craving these brownies right now! I simply have to make them this weekend!

Nicole Johnson

Wednesday 20th of September 2017

They didn't last long here, that's for sure! Thanks for stopping by!

Karen @ The Food Charlatan

Wednesday 20th of September 2017

Ohhh girl, the work at home life. 3 sentences without getting interrupted would be AMAZING! haha. These brownies?? ALSO AMAZING. Yum!

Nicole Johnson

Wednesday 20th of September 2017

RIGHT??? I've never been so glad for summer to end! I get to complete and entire thought occasionally!

Sara Zenner

Wednesday 20th of September 2017

These are HAPPENING this fall for sure! Love the cream cheese swirl!

Nicole Johnson

Wednesday 20th of September 2017

Yay! You're going to love them. Thanks for visiting!

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