Peanut Butter Cheesecake Swirl Brownies – Peanut butter cheesecake swirled into rich and chewy brownies – perfection for peanut butter lovers in every bite!

Peanut Butter Cheesecake Swirl Brownies

Happy Valentine’s Day!  I’d like to think that as a woman, I’m pretty low-maintenance.

This however, is more likely to be adaptive behavior on my part because Kyle is one of the most low-maintenance guys I’ve ever met.

As far as one the greatest holidays of the year goes, we roll right through Valentine’s Day without a whole lot of fanfare. Busy restaurants just aren’t our thing and tonight he’ll be cooking dinner for me!

I could take or leave a dozen roses. We forget to buy cards and a mutual shrug of “oh well, you know I love you” just works with us.

Peanut Butter Cheesecake Swirl Brownies

Another thing we definitely agree on are these peanut butter cheesecake swirl brownies.

This recipe combines three of our very favorite things into one dessert. So they’re a ton of fun packed into one brownie!

The recipe happens in two parts. Two EASY parts – I promise!

They start with a quick one-bowl dark chocolate brownie recipe that goes into the baking pan. Then you’ll dollop and swirl a creamy peanut butter cheesecake batter into the brownie batter.

The result is pure magic! Especially if you love peanut butter and chocolate together as much as we do!

Since I made these peanut butter cheesecake brownies a couple of weeks ago, they won’t be our Valentine’s dessert tonight but I’ve got something else up my sleeve that I’m sure we won’t disagree on!

If you’re looking for some other peanut butter and chocolate combo ideas, let me point you in the direction of these peanut butter truffles (a special but easy treat!), this Reese’s peanut butter chocoalte cake (classic but still delicious!), and these peanutella stuffed brown butter & sea salt chocolate chip cookies (make your own peanut butter nutella for these cookies!)

Peanut Butter Cheesecake Swirl Brownies

  • Prep Time: 30min
  • Cook Time: 30-35min
  • Yield: 2 to 3 dozen brownies

Notes

These brownies are super rich. Feel free to cut them into 24 pieces but I don’t think anyone would complain if you cut them smaller.

Ingredients

For the brownies:
14 tbsp unsalted butter
6 oz bittersweet or semi-sweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
1 cup dark unsweetened cocoa powder
2 cups granulated sugar
6 oz cream cheese, softened and cut into ½-inch cubes
6 large eggs
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
½ tsp salt
1 cup all-purpose flour

For the peanut butter cheesecake swirl layer:
8 oz cream cheese, at room temperature
2/3 cup creamy peanut butter
6 tbsp sugar
1 large egg, at room temperature
1 tsp pure vanilla extract

Instructions

  • 01

    To make the brownies: Preheat the oven to 350° F.  Line a 13×9-inch baking pan with foil and spray the foil lightly with baking spray.

  • 02

    Melt the butter and chocolate together in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat, stirring constantly until melted.  Take the saucepan off the heat and whisk in the cocoa powder, sugar, cream cheese, eggs, and vanilla until well-combined.  Add the salt and flour to the saucepan and whisk into the batter until just combined – do not overmix.  Pour the brownie batter into the prepared pan and smooth out the top.

  • 03

    To make the peanut butter cheesecake swirl layer: Beat the cream cheese, peanut butter, and sugar together at medium-high speed in the bowl of a stand mixer or in a large bowl with a hand mixer until smooth and well-combined, about 2-3 minutes.  Beat in the egg and vanilla.

  • 04

    Dollop the cheesecake batter two tablespoons at a time over the brownie batter.  Swirl the dollops with a knife into the brownie batter.  I find it easiest to run the knife through the dollops once across the length of the pan and then once through the dollops across the width of the pan.

  • 05

    Bake for 30-35 minutes, until the center of the pan is just set.  Transfer the pan to a wire rack and allow the brownies to cool to room temperature.

    Cover the pan and refrigerate for a couple of hours before lifting the foil out of the pan and cutting the brownies.  Brownies will keep in an airtight container at room temperature for 2-3 days.

adapted from Annie’s Eats

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  • taraliptak
    February 15, 2014 at 7:41 AM

    Thanks, Sonya!

  • Cassie
    February 15, 2014 at 8:48 AM

    I was working on taxes yesterday when I saw you had posted this recipe. I carefully and immediately packed up my tax stuff and baked these brownies with my daughter – they are delicious! My 5 kids and my sweetie ate half of the pan by bedtime and I assume they will be gone by the time I get home after work tonight. Thanks for the recipe!

    • taraliptak
      February 19, 2014 at 5:49 AM

      Ha! This is a great story! So glad you and your family loved the recipe and I hope they saved you some. 🙂

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