Nutella Cream Cheese Swirl Brownies

Brace yourself for these lovelies..


The one on the left is from the center of the pan and the one on the right is from the edge. Now let’s get to the batter:

Dropping the cheesecake batter on top of the brownie mixture..

…and giving it a little swirl.

Freshly cut right from the oven!



My parents are out of town this weekend and I feel like I’m playing “mom.” Picking up dinner (since I can’t cook), doing dishes 24:7, worrying about my siblings when they’re driving far distances or not home by ten, and making them constantly tell me where they are. It’s a tiresome job! A job that I didn’t even necessarily need to pick up, but I did anyway for the weekend.

I know what you’re thinking.. open house?! Party! Yeah, no. My party consisted of baking 24 pumpkin muffins with a pecan streusel and a swirl of cream cheese (which are pure bliss & coming to you soon!) and watching Prisonbreak. Sometimes I wonder if I’m living my 80 year old life now, since I’m definitely a boring 23 year old. Too bad I wouldn’t have it any other way. Maybe I’ll be partying it up when I’m 80 instead.. it only makes sense.
I’m still working on using that giant jar of nutella that I have from Costco. I’ve made cookies and cupcakes– it’s only logical to make brownies next!
When my mom ate these, the first thing she said was, “Why don’t you make things from scratch more often?”
Me: “Huh? Ummm… I always bake things from scratch, mom.”
Mom: “Oh.. that explains why these are so good then!”
Yup, that didn’t make any sense whatsoever, but that’s why I love conversations with my mom.
This recipe comes with little adaptation from Flour on My Face. It’s a wonderful base for a brownie recipe if you choose to omit the cheesecake/nutella part, too! I like my brownies fudgy, so the middle of the pan was my favorite. :)

Cream Cheese Topping
  • 5 oz Philly Cream Cheese
  • 2 tbs softened butter
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbs flour
  • 1/4 cup Nutella

Brownie Batter

  • 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup Herseys Special Dark Cocoa
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 stick of softened butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 large eggs
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350′
  2. Grease and line a 8 x 8 baking pan with cooking spray.
Cream cheese frosting
  1. Cream together butter, sugar and flour. Add cream cheese and mix/blend until smooth. Scrape bowl and add the egg and beat until the topping is nice and creamy. Scrap bowl and add Nutella, beat about one minute or until the nutella is mixed into the cream cheese mixture completely.
  2. Set topping aside and mix brownie batter.

Brownie batter

  1. Sift flour, cocoa, salt and baking powder into a medium sized bowl.
  2. In a small bowl cream sugar and 1/2 stick of butter, add eggs one at a time, beat well then add vanilla.
  3. Fold egg, sugar, butter and vanilla mixture into the bowl of dry ingredients.
  4. Spread 3/4 of the brownie batter into the bottom of an 8 x 8 baking dish.
  5. Randomly dollop the cream cheese topping over the brownie batter.
  6. Randomly dollop the rest of the brownie batter on top of the cream cheese batter. Swirl with the tip of a knife.
  7. Bake at 350 for 40 to 50 minutes.




  1. says

    can’t wait for that muffin recipe! in the meantime i’ll drool and look at these pics! i just finished up a jar of nutella-definitely need more!

  2. says

    These look so decadent!! I def. want to make these but I have a quick question. I think I’m just paranoid but did you use 1/2 stick (4 tbsp) of butter or 1/2 cup of butter? I was just wondering if 4 tbsp of butter was really enough to fill the pan. haha. Thanks!

  3. says

    i bought the twin pack nutella jars from costco too, as well as you we buy everything at costco! i haven’t gotten around to bake with it though but i can’t wait.

  4. says

    I sent this recipe straight to my sister–she LOVES nutella. Slops it all over her pancakes. Can’t wait to make them! They look so fudgey and wonderful–just the way i love them.

  5. says

    “By 1/2 stick of butter”, do you mean half a cup or a quarter cup? Sticks come in 1 cup and 1/2 cup sizes, so I am not sure of which size you mean

  6. says

    Be still my heart! I am so trying these! Nutella is my FAVE! I even put it in my hot chocolate. So, I haven’t been to your blog in a long while. I bookmarked it over a year ago when I found your smores brownie/bars. Looks like you are still truckin’! Congrats on getting published! I will be sure to stop by more regularly from now on…even though it might hinder my progress on weight watchers. ;)

  7. says

    OMG i just have to try your recipe. so… I’m baking them now. :D I just placed it in the oven. Unfortunately, I made some mistakes: the cream cheese nutella topping was too runny. Also, I didn’t bother putting only 3/4 of the brownie batter. I just spread them all in, then poured the cream cheese nutella top. i’ll update you when it’s done… :D

  8. Anonymous says

    Hello, I would very much like to bake these!! Is it possible to bake one day ahead? Would they dry out?
    Thank you!!

  9. says

    I made brownies last night using your cream cheese/nutella creation. I used a box of Ghiradelli brownies and made them as normal and then swirled the cream cheese/nutella mix into it and they turned out AWESOME!!! Super moist, even throughout the next day. So, so good. Thank you for sharing your recipe! :)

  10. April says

    I just made a modified version of these. I used a brownie mix for the batter, doubled the nutella cream cheese part and used a 9 x 13 pan. It was good but weren’t nutella-ey enough for me! I could only taste a hint of nutella.


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