Mint Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Brownies

Swirly, twirly, fudgy, minty, cheesecake goodness. I love these decadent mint chocolate brownies!

Swirly, twirly, fudgy, minty, cheesecake goodness. I love these decadent mint chocolate brownies! Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

Today I’m bringing you another swirly twirly brownie recipe. A brownie that is all dressed up for St. Patrick’s Day, for spring, and would equally be just as fabulous around the holidays. This brownie will definitely get around!

Not too long ago I shared my Red Velvet Cheesecake Swirl Brownies with you. Ever since I made them, I couldn’t get the cheesecake/brownie idea out of my head. Brownies? Good. Cheesecake? GOOD. Naturally, I had to create a new version.

Swirly, twirly, fudgy, minty, cheesecake goodness. I love these decadent mint chocolate brownies! Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

Swirly, twirly, fudgy, minty, cheesecake goodness. I love these decadent mint chocolate brownies! Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

I have two homemade brownie recipes on my website and tried this recipe with both versions. One recipe uses melted chocolate and another recipe uses cocoa powder. I truly don’t have a preference over cocoa powder or solid chocolate in homemade brownie recipes. I love them both! I made these brownies with the Ultimate Fudge Brownie recipe first. Those brownies are so insanely fudgy, rich, thick, and dense. They are made with quite a lot of butter and cocoa powder. The batter itself is like melted fudge consistency – not runny or thin at all. While those brownies are fabulous on their own, swirling the cream cheese mixture into them was nearly impossible. The two just would NOT mix because the batter is so thick! Still, I baked them hoping they would turn out ok.

Well, they tasted fine but were not pretty. And you know me, I like a pretty dessert. I quickly came to the conclusion that my Ultimate Fudge Brownie recipe is perfect for regular brownies, but are not the best choice for swirling.

Swirly, twirly, fudgy, minty, cheesecake goodness. I love these decadent mint chocolate brownies! Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

I tried these swirled brownies again with my other homemade brownie recipe. This brownie recipe makes a larger batch than the other brownies, but uses less butter. This recipe uses melted chocolate instead of cocoa powder and take a bit longer to mix together. They are much chewier than my other brownies as well, which I love.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I prefer my brownies so chewy and so fudgy that they taste like a dense chocolate frosting you can eat with a fork. If I wanted a cake-like brownie, I would eat a piece of chocolate cake! The fudginess in today’s brownie recipe relates to the small amount of flour. More flour = a more cake-like brownie.

The cheesecake swirl is beyond easy to make. Take your softened cream cheese, 1 egg yolk, 1/4 cup of sugar, 2 drops of green food coloring, and 1/4 teaspoon of peppermint extract. With the extract, please remember: a little bit goes a long way!  Beat everything together with a hand-mixer until smooth. Taste the mint cheesecake mixture – if it needs more peppermint flavor, add 1 more drop of peppermint extract. If you’d like it to be a brighter green, add more food coloring.

Swirly, twirly, fudgy, minty, cheesecake goodness. I love these decadent mint chocolate brownies! Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

Now it’s time to swirl! Pour brownie batter into a prepared baking pan, leaving 1/4 cup of batter behind. Dollop spoonfuls of the minty chocolate chip cheesecake mixture on top of the prepared brownie batter. Cover with the last few Tablespoons of brownie batter. Glide a knife through the layers, creating a swirl pattern. Sprinkle the top of it all with a few more mini chocolate chips. Told you, I’m not shy about adding more and more chocolate chips. 😉

The cool mint cheesecake swirl is thick and sinks into the brownie batter as it bakes, leaving you with surprise cheesecake filling in every fudgy bite. If a Girl Scout Thin Mint Cookie were a soft brownie, this would be it.

Swirly, twirly, fudgy, minty, cheesecake goodness. I love these decadent mint chocolate brownies! Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

Are you a fan of mint and chocolate? Good. You’re going to FLIP for these! I love a moist, fudgy homemade brownie recipe and this will forever be one of my very favorites. Pairing it with mint was only meant to happen soon. PS: these disappeared in my apartment. And again at work.

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Mint Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Brownies

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours, 30 minutes
  • Yield: 20 brownies
  • Category: Brownies
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Swirly, twirly, fudgy, minty, cheesecake goodness. I love these decadent mint chocolate brownies!


Ingredients

Sally’s Fudge Brownies

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick or 115g) salted butter
  • 8 ounces coarsely chopped semi-sweet chocolate
  • 1 and 1/4 cups (250g) granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup (95g) all-purpose flour (spoon & leveled)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Mint Cheesecake Layer

  • 8 ounces (224g) cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 1/4 cup (50g) granulated sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract*
  • 2 drops liquid or gel green food coloring*
  • 2/3 cup (120g) mini chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Adjust the oven rack to the lower third position and preheat the oven to 350°F (177°C). Line the bottom and sides of an 11 x 7 inch baking pan with aluminum foil, leaving an overhang on all sides. Set aside. Set out 8 ounces of cream cheese for the cheesecake layer and allow to soften as you prepare the brownies.
  2. Make the brownies first: Melt butter and semi-sweet chocolate in a medium saucepan on medium heat, stirring constantly (about 6 minutes). Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature (about 15 minutes). You may also stick the chocolate/butter mixture into the refrigerator to cool to room temperature quicker.
    Stir sugar into cooled chocolate/butter mixture until combined. Add in the eggs one at a time, whisking until smooth after each addition. Whisk in the vanilla. Gently fold in the flour and salt. Pour batter into prepared pan, reserving 1/4 cup of batter.
  3. Make the cheesecake swirl: With a hand-held mixer on medium speed, beat the softened cream cheese, 1/4 cup sugar, egg yolk, 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract, and 2 drops of food coloring in a medium bowl until completely smooth – about 1 minute. Manually stir in the mini chocolate chips. Dollop spoonfuls of the cream cheese mixture on top of the prepared brownie batter. Cover with the last 1/4 cup of brownie batter. Glide a knife through the layers, creating a swirl pattern. Add more mini chocolate chips on top, if desired.
  4. Bake brownies for 30-35 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out almost clean. Check them at the 30 minute mark to be sure. Allow brownies to cool completely before cutting into squares. Brownies stay fresh stored in the refrigerator for 1 week.

Notes

  1. Freezing Instructions: Brownies freeze well up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before serving.
  2. Peppermint Extract: Taste the mint cheesecake mixture after you mix it – if it needs more peppermint flavor, add 1 more drop of peppermint extract. If you’d like it to be a brighter green, add more food coloring.

Keywords: mint cheesecake swirl brownies

Swirly, twirly, fudgy, minty, cheesecake goodness. I love these decadent mint chocolate brownies! Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com
Swirly, twirly, fudgy, minty, cheesecake goodness. I love these decadent mint chocolate brownies! Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

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  1. Anna @ Hidden Ponies says:

    I love green food, it’s amazing how well bright green goes with chocolate! And mint and chocolate? Always a win in my books!

  2. Sally, that green cheesecake is to die for!

  3. Anna {Herbivore Triathlete} says:

    I completely agree that brownies should be fudgy not cakey. I am not a fan of cake so I don’t want my brownies to taste like cake! These are beautiful Sally.

  4. Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl says:

    How perfect would these be for St. Patty’s Day?!? They are so pretty with that BRIGHT green!

  5. Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes says:

    Loving the green in these!!

  6. DROOL! How perfect are these little morsels of goodness, yum!

    1. Thanks Natalie!

  7. Meghan @ The Tasty Fork says:

    If these are half as good as your red velvet cheesecake brownies, then I need to step away from my computer and make these brownies right NOW! I love cheesecake anything! 🙂

  8. Jess @ OnSugarMountain says:

    Oooo Sally these would be an awesome Easter treat! What with the green and all – and maybe a healthy dash of colorful sprinkles 😉 But regardless they are too good to pass up !

    1. Why didn’t I add sprinkles? Oh dear. I may need to make them again now!

  9. Kare @ Kitchen Treaty says:

    How awesome are these? So pretty. They’d be a blast to make with kids, too. My daughter would have a blast! Of course, she’s only just over a year old so the swirls won’t be as pretty (and half the batter will end up on the counter and on us) but I can tell it would be well worth it.

    1. These are definitely a fun treats for the kids, Kare! The first time I made these, the swirls weren’t pretty at all – picture worse than what you think your little daughter would do! But yes, these are so fun to make and delicious to eat. 🙂

  10. Oh my, chocolate and mint?! Yes please! These look so fudgy and chewy, Sally! Can’t wait to try them 😀

  11. Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry says:

    Your swirling job is spot on! Whenever I try to do it, it ends up looking like a gigantic blob. And love how bright green the mint layer. These brownies would magically disappear in my apartment as well.

    1. Oh don’t worry Nicole, the first time I made these – everything DID look like a huge blob. Practice makes perfect though!

  12. Joy @ Baking-Joy says:

    These look fab Sally, I’ve never had a cheesecake brownie so will definitely be trying these! Fudgy brownies are the best 🙂

    1. Never had a cheesecake brownie before? Joy! You will LOVE these! I know you will. Let me know if you give them a try!

  13. Elizabeth @ Confessions of a Baking Queen says:

    MMM the cheesecake layer looks spectacular! I love it! How beautiful did these babies photograph. Seriously gorgeous.

  14. Tasha @ ThatsSoYummy says:

    Fudgy brownies are my favorite, lovin the add in with the mint, my son would go absolutely crazy over these…. Your pictures are great also!!!!! Love it 🙂

  15. Julie @ Table for Two says:

    Fudge brownies with mint just sounds like pure perfection! I love how thick your brownies turn out – it’s my favorite kind! They look super chewy and moist too. Cheesecake scattered throughout is just the cherry on top! This is super festive and perfect for St. Patty’s day 🙂

  16. Rachel (teacher-chef) says:

    LOVE these – my mom used to make a variation on these all the time at Christmas when we would visit friends when I was young… yum

  17. Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl says:

    YES! I totally agree–a fudgy brownie is the only way to go. And these? Are gorgeous! That green swirl just pops against the dark chocolate. OMG, so in love.

  18. Regina @ SpecialtyCakeCreations says:

    Minty cheesecake in brownies – I am really intrigued!

  19. Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel says:

    Oh my word, Sal–these brownies are perfection! I LOVE mint and chocolate–and I especially love that you made it mint cheesecake swirls! I die.

  20. I made these the other day, and they were great. I didn’t have time for from scratch, so I used a Duncan Hines dark chocolate boxed mix (couldn’t fine the Ghirardelli dark chocolate), and they turned out great. The fudgy chocolate with the delicate flavor of the mint swirl was perfect! I can’t wait til I have time to try the from scratch brownie recipe (also looking for time to try your skinny brownie recipe).

  21. I made the mint chocolate chip cheesecake brownies yesterday and they were amazing! Although I did not make the brownies from scratch I used a box mix- will try that next time! Thank you for this wonderful recipe!!

    1. Hey Rhonda – a shortcut never hurt anyone. 🙂 SO glad you made them. I adore these brownies! Thanks for reporting back. Happy St. Patty’s Day!

  22. I just made these for St. Patrick’s Day… as my boyfriend told me, they were to do die for! I used avocado to colour the cream cheese mix (green food colouring was sold out at my grocery store!) and it turned out a pale green but delicious! Thanks for the awesome recipe!

    1. How perfect. I love that you used avocado, too. A natural food coloring. Thank you for reporting back about them. Happy St. Patty’s Day!

  23. I’ve been in love with this recipe ever since I stumbled upon your website the other day.

    I made these today and although I had to use blue food colouring – it still came out a nice, light shade of green – they are to die for and so easy to make!

    Every time I check the container the numbers have decreased.

    Can’t wait to try out some more mint + choc treats of yours

    1. Hey Kim! thanks for reporting back about them and I am SO happy you made and love these brownies. let me know any other treats from my site you make, I love hearing about it.

  24. The mint chocolate chip cheesecake brownies are worth a try!

    1. Thank you Fayedavis!

  25. The combinationof chcolate and mint is wonderful and to have this combined in a brownie… woah…. brownie heaven!

    1. Thanks Xella! I love mint and chocolate together.

  26. Your recipes for the mint filled brownies look soooooooooo good. Is there any way to do the mint filling without cream cheese? I wasn’t sure if there was another ingredient that could be filled in for cream cheese. Would love to know.

    1. Hi Ruth! Unfortunately there is no substitute for cream cheese in the cheesecake swirl.

  27. Just found your blog and I LOVE it! These are just beautiful, I can’t wait to try them! Moo x

    1. Thank you so much! Glad you found it!

  28. Hey, Sally! It’s me again! I just baked these mouth-watering brownies this afternoon, and I literally fainted on the couch I was sitting on as I tasted it! It tasted SO good, and everyone loved it. Seeing the reaction on their faces as they ate it was priceless! I don’t know why, but it took almost an hour in the oven for it to get ready… Maybe it’s my oven? Anyways, thank you for sharing this amazing recipe! Can’t wait to try the rest of your recipes!

  29. Mint + Chocolate + Cheesecake = Pure Bliss! I am so going to have to make these now!
    Thanks so much for the recipe 🙂

  30. Hi,

    Great recipe, planning to try it sometime today.

    Just a quick question, 350 degrees? Do you mean in Fahrenheit measurements?

    1. Yes, 350F. Sorry about that!

      1. You honestly thought 350 Celsius ? that’s over 650 Fahrenheit … smh …good luck figuring out the rest of the recipe.

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