Super Simple Cream Cheese Brownies

When time is short, and I need to make a treat, I throw together these super simple, seriously rich cream cheese brownies. 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
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1 Butter Recipe Chocolate Cake Mix*
1/2 cup melted butter
1 egg, beaten
3 tablespoons milk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix and spread into a 9x13 greased and floured pan.

8 oz. cream cheese (not low fat) softened
2 eggs, beaten
2 cups powdered sugar
2 tablespoons flour

Beat soft cream cheese until smooth. Add eggs. Beat in powdered sugar and flour, until all ingredients are incorporated.  Pour 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.
After cooled, frost.

Creamy Chocolate Frosting

1/2 cup butter, softened (room temperature)
2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
3 cups powdered sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/3 cup half and half or milk

Beat butter until smooth, and add dry ingredients. Add vanilla.  Mix in half and half a little at a time, until frosting is desired consistency.

See note below about the cake mix...

-* I have used various types of chocolate cake mixes, all work well in this recipe.
-Don't be worried about the appearance of the brownies after they are finished baking.  Once you frost the brownies, the top is covered in frosting.
-If 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.
-Don't be tempted to use canned frosting. One word. Sick.


  1. LOVE LOVE, look decadent and yummy. Also I would love to participate in the guest post thing. Let me know!

  2. 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!!!

  3. 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

  4. 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 :)

  5. Love your comment about tub of frosting, i feel the same way....YUCK-O!!!

  6. It looks like the cream cheese is sandwiched in between cake layers?? Do you just layer it as you pour it in the pan?

  7. 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.

  8. You won me over with this decadent brownie recipe.

  9. Sounds too good to not try! Thanks for sharing. I'm a new follower, I would love a follow back at funwithnancy.blogspot.com

  10. This looks amazing. I need to be your neighbor!

  11. 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 :)


  12. 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

  13. These look really great! I made something similiar a couple of weeks ago, check it out!

  14. Your recipe is being featured at Mangoes and Chutney this week! Thank you for linking up to Fat Camp Friday! http://tiny.cc/FatCampFriday30

  15. 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 :-)


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