NZ Woman's Weekly

Dark & white cream cheese brownie recipe

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Makes 16

A swirly cream cheese layer makes this brownie a little special. Don’t overcook it or it will be dry. Test with a skewer – it should have a sticky residue that can be rolled into a ball in your fingertips. Serve warm from the tin or, for dessert, top with thickened cream and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar, or drizzle with chocolate sauce or berry coulis.

  • 125g butter
  • ¼ cup dark cocoa
  • 1½ cups brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup plain flour


  • 80g butter, melted
  • 1 cup caster sugar
  • 125g cream cheese, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • ¼ cup self-raising flour

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C. Line a brownie or slice tin (about 20cm x 20cm) with paper.
  2. Melt butter and cocoa, stirring until smooth. Add sugar and eggs, and beat with a wooden spoon until smooth. Add flour and blend well. Pour into tin.
  3. For the cream cheese layer, mix the melted butter with the sugar, cream cheese and egg, and beat well until smooth. Mix in vanilla and flour.
  4. Dollop spoonfuls of white mixture over the dark and swirl. Bake for 30-40 minutes.

About Jo Wilcox

"I have had a love of food my whole life. Lucky for me my mum allowed me to play in the kitchen from the very beginning – from sitting up on the bench watch her peeling peaches for preserving or planning dinner parties from her many Womans Weekly Cookbooks. Starting in my local beach café, I went onto professional cookery training and my big foodie OE working as a professional chef and nanny. At 21 I launched my first restaurant. The following years saw me owning a gourmet cake and dessert shop and then a pasta deli before I discovered the world of food styling. Today I work in food styling making food look beautiful and tasty in packaging and advertising shoots, as well as my most important role yet – Food Editor of New Zealand Woman’s Weekly. I aim to provide great meal solutions that are interesting and approachable, and of course gorgeous foodie photos that make you want to cook them! I love the feedback and the knowledge that people actually cook them and have great results. If I can give someone a love of cooking and enjoying family meal times and gatherings then my job is done!" See

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