Cookies and Cream Cheesecake Brownies


It is said that necessity is the mother of invention, and that’s exactly how these brownies were born. I NEEDED dessert. What I didn’t want was to go to the grocery store. And so I started rummaging through my baking supplies to see what I could play with. I remembered that I still had Oreos leftover from the Peanut Butter Torte that I made the week before. Score. I thought and thought, and decided that since brownies are easy and virtually mess-free with only one bowl, that Oreo brownies would be quite suitable. Then I opened the refrigerator and saw cream cheese leftover from the same torte. Hmmm, I love Oreo cheesecake… I love brownies… surely an Oreo cheesecake brownie (or something to that effect) would be good, yes? YES!


Don’t be intimidated by the cheesecake part of these brownies – they only take approximately 5 minutes longer to make than your typical brownies. And you’ll only use one extra bowl (a small one) and one extra spoon – still no KA mixer required. Stir the chunks of Oreos into the cream cheese mixture gently so you don’t end up with tons of extra crumbs. Once the dollops of cream cheese are lopped onto the top of the brownie batter, take the conservative route when swirling. Not only will it look prettier, but you’ll have a much better appreciation of the contrasting tastes of the brownies and cheesecake if it isn’t all swirled into one homogeneous mass. Most importantly: ENJOY!

Cookies and Cream Cheesecake Brownies

Yield: 16 brownies

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 30 to 35 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour


For the brownies:
½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
1 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 eggs
½ cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup cocoa powder
¼ teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon salt

For the cheesecake swirl:
8 oz. cream cheese, at room temperature
1/3 cup granulated sugar

6 Oreo cookies, chopped


1. Heat oven to 350°F. Grease 9-inch square baking pan.

2. Stir together butter, sugar and vanilla in bowl. Add eggs; beat well with spoon. Stir together flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt; gradually add to egg mixture, beating until well blended. Spread batter evenly in prepared pan.

3. Stir together the cream cheese and 1/3 cup sugar with a spoon until smooth and well blended. Gently stir in in the chopped Oreo cookies.

4. Using a spoon, spoon the cream cheese/Oreo mixture in nine evenly-spaced dollops on top of the brownie batter. Using a dull knife or icing spatula, gently swirl the cream cheese mixture with the brownie batter. Remember, less is more here.

5. Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until brownies begin to pull away from sides of pan and the batter in the center of the pan feels just set. Cool completely in pan on wire rack.

(Source: Brown Eyed Baker)


41 Responses to “Cookies and Cream Cheesecake Brownies”

  1. Joelen on April 28, 2009 at 12:46 pm

    These look amazing! Great job!


  2. Cristine on April 28, 2009 at 1:11 pm

    Oh yum!!! Those look and sound fantastic!


  3. michelle on April 28, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    Yum! These look soooo good!


  4. wifeplzak on April 28, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    what could be better than these?


  5. Cara on April 28, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    These look awesome! My question is how you can forget you have Oreos in your house!! 🙂


  6. Mermaid Sweets on April 28, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    These look soo good, how creative.


  7. Shauna on April 28, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    Cheesecake, Oreos and brownies, what more could you ask for??


  8. Christal S. on April 28, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    wow i got almost all the ingredients in my house already, it look so easy to make! Cant wait to try em mmmm


  9. sharon on April 28, 2009 at 10:13 pm

    I NEED dessert now! 🙂 These look so sinful and would certainly make my long day at work much better.


  10. Elyse on April 28, 2009 at 11:43 pm

    Necessity is the mother of all invention, and man, did you do mother proud 🙂 These oreo cheesecake brownies look divine. Seriously, you just combined three of my favorite desserts into ONE dessert. How totally delicious!


  11. Cookin' Canuck on April 29, 2009 at 10:29 am

    Oh, I feel the inches adding to my hips as I read this. In other words, I will definitely be making these. They look amazing!


  12. stephchows on April 29, 2009 at 10:35 am

    WOW, love that these came out of a brownie craving/ what do I have laying around to mix in 🙂 Awesome!


  13. Annie on April 29, 2009 at 12:09 pm

    A winning combination for sure! I just made something with my Oreos left over from the PB torte too – I did Oreo ice cream. It is sooo good. Gotta love Oreos!


  14. Jen on April 30, 2009 at 2:15 pm

    I made these for my husband the day you posted this recipe. He’s in the middle of law school finals and these were the perfect sweet treat to motivate him to keep going! Thanks for sharing!


  15. Katie on May 1, 2009 at 10:34 am

    OH YUM!!!!


  16. Em Powell on May 3, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    i made these and they were absolutely fabulous…i will soften the cream cheese more next time so it swirls easier!


  17. bakingblonde on May 7, 2009 at 7:10 am

    Those look great!


  18. Tanya on January 16, 2010 at 11:05 pm

    Do you use a fan forced oven for any of your recipes?


  19. Michelle on January 20, 2010 at 10:44 am

    Hi Tanya,

    I do not use a forced fan oven (convection) for any of my recipes. Just a standard electric oven.


  20. bakingaddict on March 6, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    These are amazing! I’ve made some recently based on your recipe with some minor tweaks. I’ve added a link to your post from my blog. I will be posting about your triple choc chip cookies soon – will let you know.


  21. Lein on May 5, 2010 at 2:21 am

    OMG I can’t wait to try this! I’m planning to make two batches so I can share some with my friends. Thanks so much for sharing!


  22. meg on May 22, 2010 at 3:40 am

    i’ll give these a go soon! 🙂


  23. Lee on June 30, 2010 at 12:55 pm

    I have fallen in love with your blog. I enjoy going through your recipes and looking at all the mouthwatering pictures. I saw these brownies and had to try them. They were absolutely incredible! While not too sweet, they satisfied my huge sweet tooth. I felt like they got better a day after I baked them.


  24. allana on December 11, 2010 at 9:28 am

    how long do these last for? if i bake them tonight and serve them monday night, will i be ok?


    • Michelle on December 12th, 2010 at 11:59 pm

      Hi Allana, Yep, you will be just fine making this two days ahead of time. I find brownies usually stay “fresh” tasting for a good 3 to 4 days if you keep them tightly wrapped in an airtight container.


  25. Crystal on January 3, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    I made the cookies and cream cheesecake brownies for my big sister Jenny because she Loves Oreos. Thank you for the recipe and Jenny says thanks too!!


  26. Beth on March 30, 2011 at 12:02 am

    Oh my!! I made these tonight..a friend is over, and we got a massive brownie craving..I dont have any oreos..but I did have everything else!! I used dark chocolate cocoa powder because I didnt have any regular, and I think that may have lessened the sweetness..they could be a bit sweeter…next time I may use brown sugar. Either way, these were fantastic! Especially with Blue Bell Homemade Vanilla & Dutch Chocolate ice cream on top 😉 oh…I added some freshly shelled pecans & butterscotch chips LOL


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  29. Angela on July 29, 2011 at 8:02 am

    Made these and they were delicious and moist!


  30. Li-Anne on March 11, 2012 at 6:25 am

    Oh my gosh, there are no words to describe these. I was too impatient to wait for them to cool all the way down to room temperature, haha, but they are so delicious 😀


  31. Jeannie on May 16, 2012 at 11:19 am

    I made these for mother’s day for my mother-in-law. I only got to try a small bite. My son ran off with the rest of my piece. My husband brought me more, but devoured it before I could get more than one bite. There was only a couple pieces left and I had to send them home with my brother-in-law because he begged for them. These will definitely be a remake!


  32. April on August 8, 2012 at 12:46 am

    I made these and they turned out perfect. I doubt I’ll cook them too often, but they were good for something out of the ordinary. Although, that brownie batter in the bowl? I could NOT stop licking it off!!! And I NEVER do that cuz I feel like it’s gross! lol. So yeah, maybe I’ll just whip that up some time and devour it. lol. Good stuff!


  33. Maria on August 13, 2013 at 4:53 am

    These were so good-SOOOO GOOOOD. I’m in love. I multiplied by a factor of 1.5 and baked in a 9×13 pan, and it was perfection. I will definitely be making these again!


  34. smitha on January 24, 2014 at 1:47 pm

    is the sugar this is added to the cream cheese granulated or powdered?


    • Michelle on January 24th, 2014 at 6:44 pm

      Hi Smitha, Granulated sugar for both; I will edit the recipe above to clarify!


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  36. plasterer bristol on November 25, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    Oh my, these look so delicious, thanks for posting up this recipe.



  37. Tamara on January 13, 2015 at 3:40 am

    Hello Michelle! Let me start by saying how much i love your recipes and enjoy making them, although i am still a very rookie baker. Yesterday i did this recipe for the second time but this time instead of putting the cream cheese mix on top..i mixed it with the batter


  38. Tamara on January 13, 2015 at 3:42 am

    And my cake turned out to have really tiny holes all over. Is this because of the mixing of the batter or is there another reason?


    • Michelle on January 13th, 2015 at 12:34 pm

      Hi Tamara, It definitely could have been from mixing the cream cheese mixture into the batter, vs. swirling on top.


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