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Delicious Espresso Cream Cheese Brownies made from scratch.

Espresso Cream Cheese Brownies

If there isn’t coffee in my system in the morning I’m a full blown mombie (that’s a zombie mom if you didn’t know). What is the first thing that I ask for when I head over to Alicia’s? Did you say coffee because if so I think you know where I’m going with these delicious brownies.

How to make the best espresso cream cheese brownies from scratch

Espresso Cream Cheese Brownies


  • Brownies
  • 1/2 cup salted butter
  • 4 ounces unsweetened chocolate (try Baker's Secret Brand/Orange box)
  • 1-1/4 cups white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • Cream Cheese Espresso Layer
  • 1 tablespoon instant coffee or espresso powder
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 8 ounce cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 egg


  1. Line an 8x8 pan with aluminum foil and spray with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. Preheat oven to 325.
  3. In a microwave safe bowl, place butter and chocolate. Microwave for 90 seconds and stir until chocolate is melted. If necessary, microwave at 30 second intervals and stir until all chocolate is melted.
  4. Add sugar and vanilla to the bowl. Mix well. Mix in eggs and flour. Pour all but 3/4 cup of brownie mix into pan. Set aside.
  5. Mix coffee with water and set aside.
  6. With a hand mixer, beat cream cheese, sugar and vanilla until smooth. Add in egg and coffee. Beat until combined.
  7. Spread cream cheese mixture over the brownies in the pan. Spoon dollops of reserved brownie batter onto the cream cheese layer. Use a knife to drag through the batter to create swirls.
  8. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until center is done.
  9. Cool and refrigerate for 2 hours until firm. Cut into 16 squares. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Someone has to be the taste tester

When it comes to baking, Alicia is really the better of us two. Nothing makes me slap on my flip flops and throw up my mom bun faster than knowing she made a dessert the night before. Who doesn’t love a cheesecake after it’s been able to sit for a day.

Make dessert delicious with espresso cream cheese brownies

Some added benefits of baking at your besties house? No dishes! Haha, at least for me since I bring the recipe and some of the food and she makes all that magic happen. As long as I can remember she’s always been making something for me when I hang out with her.

Dessert is on with espresso cheesecake brownies

In middle school she made me the most delicious potato dish from a can and for a 16 year old girl, she had some amazing cooking skills. We’re always passing recipes back and forth on Facebook and if I find a great cook book I grab it and gift it right to her.

Amazing espresso cream cheese brownies recipe

My favorite part of these brownies is making the swirl action. This is one of the most difficult things I thought in baking but it’s really super simple when you do it slowly, faster actions make the swirl technique less effective.

Homemade espresso cream cheese brownies

Now that I can get two of my favorite things in one, I’m happy and also attempting to head over to Alicia’s on more than one occasion during the week.

Tell us in the comments if you would have these Espresso Cream Cheese Brownies with a glass of milk or a cup of coffee? Do you and your best friend bake together?


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