Nutella Cream Cheese Brownies

nutella cream cheese brownies

“What’s your favorite thing to bake?”

I often get asked that question and I always answer with the same thing: BROWNIES. I love a good, rich, chewy brownie, fudgy and intense, the kind that has zero cakiness, and bursting with deep dark chocolate flavor.

And yet, it’s almost the end of August and it’s only my second brownie recipe of the year. (The first were these Chocolate Cherry Truffle Mini Brownies that I made for Valentine’s Day). And it’s not like I haven’t been making brownies all year – I have, maybe at least once a month, I just haven’t been documenting them. Eeep. Apologies, dear readers. Let me make it up to you with these majestic Nutella Cream Cheese Brownies.

nutella swirl cream cheese brownies

The base of these brownies is my favorite brownie recipe ever. I use cocoa powder instead of melted chocolate and a pretty scant amount of flour, so the brownie is dense and dark and full of terrors (just kiddng about the last part, I miss Game of Thrones).  I add instant coffee powder to the mix, which amps up the chocolate flavor. And then I keep the finished product chilled in the fridge or freezer, which in my opinions makes the chocolate taste more intense.

For these brownies, I whipped up a cream cheese topping,  sweet and creamy like cheesecake, and then swirled in thick dollops of Nutella. Ohhhh yes. Brownies, cheesecake, Nutella. This dessert is essentially a combination of three of my favorite things in this world.

Also, even though Matt still claims that he doesn’t like dessert all that much, he ate multiple squares of these brownies after dinner. And for breakfast. I’ve lured him to the dark side even if he doesn’t want to admit it.

nutella swirl cheesecake brownies

Yield: 16 bars

Nutella Cream Cheese Brownies

Fudgy dark chocolate brownies with a creamy cheesecake topping and a Nutella swirl

Prep Time: 30 mins

Cook Time: 40 mins

Total Time: 1 hour 10 mins



1 1/4 sticks butter, melted
2 large eggs
3/4 cups dark brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 cup unsweetened dark cocoa powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon instant coffee powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup all-purpose flour


8 oz cream cheese, room temperature
1 large egg
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract


1/2 cup Nutella


  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Make the brownie base. In a large mixing bowl, combine melted butter, eggs, sugars, cocoa powder, vanilla extract, and coffee. Mix well.
  3. Stir in flour and salt. Whisk together until smooth.
  4. Spread brownie batter in a foil-lined and buttered 8x8 pan.
  5. Make cream cheese topping. In a medium bowl, combine cream cheese, egg, sugar and vanilla. Beat with a hand-held mixer until smooth (about 2 minutes on high speed).
  6. Spread mixture over the brownie layer and even out the top with a spatula.
  7. Make the Nutella swirl. (You can heat the Nutella first in the microwave for 30-60 seconds to make it more spreadable.) Make five thick parallel lines of Nutella on top of the cream cheese. Lightly run knife across the lines perpendicularly, letting the Nutella drag across to form swirls.
  8. Bake 40 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in brownie comes out clean. Let cool completely before cutting and serving.
  9. I highly recommend chilling in the fridge for at least 4 hours (or freezer for 2 hours) and serving the brownies chilled.

Don't worry if your swirls don't look perfect! You're going to cut the brownies into squares anyway and any uneven swirls just make it look a little more rustic.

dark chocolate brownies with cream cheese and nutella

I hope your week is filled with your favorite things.


25 Responses to “Nutella Cream Cheese Brownies”

  1. #
    Sues posted August 23, 2016 at 9:05 am

    Oooh! These would be right up my husband’s alley, too. They look awesome!

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      Bianca Garcia posted August 23, 2016 at 9:29 am

      Thank you! I want to make another batch ASAP haha

  2. #
    Meghan posted August 23, 2016 at 9:15 am

    Nutella + brownies = a match made in heaven

  3. #
    grace posted August 23, 2016 at 12:54 pm

    these are BEAUTIFUL and decadent! love that thick layer of tangy cream cheese, and the sacred swirl, obviously. :)

  4. #
    Patty posted August 25, 2016 at 2:46 am

    Those look really yummy!

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    Barbara posted August 26, 2016 at 3:00 pm

    These look yummy! But must confess they wouldn’t be my favorite thing to bake….that’s a difficult question to answer! I think Giada’s pine nut almond apricot cookies are what I make most frequently.

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      Bianca Garcia posted August 31, 2016 at 3:50 pm

      Pine Nut Almond Cookies sound DELICIOUS!!

  6. #
    Phi @ The Sweetphi Blog posted August 27, 2016 at 1:19 pm

    Oh my goodness, these look absolutely incredible, I can totally see why baking brownies is your fave :)

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      Bianca Garcia posted August 31, 2016 at 3:51 pm

      Thanks girl! They are so good straight out of the freezer too ;)

  7. #
    Lauren at Keep It Sweet posted August 28, 2016 at 8:22 am

    Your brownie base looks so perfect and I love that thick cream cheese layer!

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      Bianca Garcia posted August 31, 2016 at 3:52 pm

      Thanks Lauren! It’s either thick cream cheese or nothing at all ;)

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    Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary posted August 29, 2016 at 11:22 am

    I just LOVE anything with a good swirl! So I am TOTALLY swooning over these brownies! Nutella AND Cream Cheese IN Brownies?! Gimme dat! Cheers!

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      Bianca Garcia posted August 31, 2016 at 3:52 pm

      Thanks Cheyanne! It’s a match made in heaven ;)

  9. #
    Alyssa @ My Sequined Life posted August 29, 2016 at 11:37 pm

    Oh yum! Brownies by themselves are absolutely delicious, but adding cream cheese and a Nutella swirl is genius!

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      Bianca Garcia posted August 31, 2016 at 3:53 pm

      Agree! And it has to be the fuddddgy kind for me ;)

  10. #
    Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry posted August 30, 2016 at 2:25 pm

    These cream cheese brownies look amazingly rich and decadent, which is exactly my kind of dessert.

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      Bianca Garcia posted August 31, 2016 at 3:54 pm

      Thanks, Nicole! I even cut each square into smaller squares and each little bite is perfect :)

  11. #
    Monica posted August 31, 2016 at 3:20 pm

    You always rock the swirl and these dense, thick, deliciously-fudgy brownies. What a combo…so rich and so wonderful. : )

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      Bianca Garcia posted August 31, 2016 at 3:55 pm

      Thanks lady, I do love a dense brownie and a rustic swirl ;)

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    Tricia @ Saving room for dessert posted September 10, 2016 at 2:11 pm

    Hi Bianca – just thought I would pop in and see what you are up to. These look wonderful and who doesn’t love Nutella? Have a great weekend!

  13. #
    Anne posted October 5, 2017 at 11:53 am

    How do you cut those bites perfectly?

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      Bianca Garcia posted October 5, 2017 at 4:11 pm

      Hi Anne! I freeze the brownies first for 2 hours before slicing :)

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