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cream cheese swirl brownies on parchment paper

Cream Cheese Brownies

This Cream Cheese Brownies recipe is full of rich chocolate flavor, fudgy centers, and a swirl on top. Gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword cream cheese brownies
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 16
Calories 192kcal
Author Tessa Fisher


  • 2 tablespoons (13g) arrowroot starch + 5 tablespoons water
  • ½ cup + 2 tablespoons unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 cup (238g) almond butter well stirred
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup (55g) organic cane sugar
  • 1 cup (93g) almond flour
  • 4 tablespoons (25g) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ teaspoon baking powder

Cream Cheese Swirl


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line an 8x8 baking pan with parchment paper. In a small bowl or liquid measuring cup, combine arrowroot starch and cold water. Stir to combine and set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, combine applesauce, almond butter, and maple syrup. Whisk to combine. Add the arrowroot slurry and vanilla extract. Stir to combine.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the organic cane sugar, almond flour, cocoa powder, salt, and baking powder.
  • Add dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and gently fold them in until evenly combined.
  • Transfer the batter to the prepared pan and smooth into an even layer with a spatula.
  • In a small bowl, stir together cream cheese swirl ingredients. Drop tablespoons of cream cheese mixture on top of brownie batter. Using a skewer, chopstick, or knife, draw it through the batter in straight horizontal lines followed by vertical lines.
  • Bake for 38-42 minutes or until a toothpick comes out mostly clean. Loosely tent with foil at the 25 minute mark to avoid browning the cream cheese swirls.
  • Allow brownies to cool in pan completely on wire rack before removing from pan and slicing into squares.
  • Store cream cheese brownies in an airtight container at room temperature for 2-3 days.


Calories: 192kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 86mg | Potassium: 155mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 2IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 92mg | Iron: 1mg