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Mother’s Day – Strawberry Cheesecake Swirl Brownie

May 09, 2012 By: Denise Leo, Global Brownie Ambassador Category: Cream Cheese, Creative, Fruit, Fun For Kids, Nut-Free, Super-Simple

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Oh, Mother’s Day delight of delights, it’s a strawberry cheesecake miracle that swirled right out of the tender center of a brownie! This beauty is also easy to make, with just 5 ingredients (6 if you count “water”). Any mom would love how pretty this is; any dad and kid will appreciate how easy this is!



  • 1 box Pillsbury Cheesecake Swirl brownie mix (includes 1 chocolate packet, 1 cheesecake packet)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup melted butter or margarine
  • 4-6 Tablespoons water
  • 1 8-ounce package cream cheese (I used Philadelphia brand)
  • 1/2 cup strawberry preserves (I used Smucker’s brand)



From the box mix, pull out the chocolate packet and pour it into a medium bowl. Add melted butter or margarine (I microwaved mine for about 30 seconds). Add 1 egg. Add 2 Tablespoons of water. Mix until smooth. If batter seems too thick to swirl, you can add a little bit more water.


Put cream cheese in a medium bowl and use a hand mixer to beat it until creamy. Add the cheesecake packet, 1 egg, and 2 Tablespoons of water. Mix until smooth. If cheesecake batter seems too thick to swirl, you can add a little bit more water.


Pour chocolate batter into a greased pan. I suggest using a pan bigger than 9 x 9. I used an 8 x 11 pan and that worked great. One teaspoon at a time, add cheesecake batter on top of the chocolate. I did kind of a checkerboard pattern.


Microwave 1/2 cup of strawberry preserves for about 20 seconds; then stir. You just want it to be easier to spoon than right out of the jar. Spoon the preserves in between the cheesecake dollops.


Take a knife and slowly, gently swirl the 3 flavors together. Don’t ”mix” them! You want each bite to be different. When cutting and serving, I thought the prettiest pieces were the ones with a big glop of strawberry showing, but I’m sure you’ll all have your own opinions.


So pretty, right out of the oven. Let them cool, then cut and serve.


Isn’t it gorgeous? Any mom, gramma, aunt, or mom-like person would LOVE to get these strawberry cheesecake brownies on Mother’s Day.


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