Recipe: Browned-Butter Chocolate Chip Brownies with Cream Cheese Filling

I remember one of the first things I ever baked (after my beginner’s luck at Macadamia Macarons) was White Chocolate Macadamia Blondies. It was everything I loved baked together in a cake pan, a huge hit with everyone and even survived a 7 hour flight from Adelaide to Singapore as it was delivered right into the hands of my special Valentine last year!

That was also probably around the time when I found out that blondies were the fairer half of their counter parts- brownies. Blonde and Brown.. get it?? Okay I kid, that was lame. But that is really the easier ‘man on the street’ method of differentiating the two! And if you wish to get down to the technicalities then blondies tend to have a butterscotch flavour to it and usually relies on brown sugar while brownies have cocoa or dark/milk chocolate added to it.

By my own definition, today’s brownies would technically be a blondie since brown sugar was used and no cocoa or chocolate was involved (though I did add chocolate chips for that extra crunch) but I honestly felt the colour was too dark to pass off as a blondie so I could not get past myself calling it a blondie. And no one here is really being too overly technical anyway right? Therefore, I shall now introduce you to my Browned-Butter Chocolate Chip Brownies with Cream Cheese Filling!

The secret to this recipe is the part where the butter is first cooked in the saucepan until you get that beautiful golden brown colour. Somehow I am still a fan of butter in baking- yes it is much more fattening than oil and less healthy but nothing rivals that aroma of buttery goodness that comes out of the oven when you first open it. The little things in baking that makes me happy.

Although the original recipe did not come with the cream cheese filling, I often toyed with the idea of cream cheese brownies ever since I tried a slice of rich gooey fudgey black brownie with swirls of cream cheese in a Taiwan cafe 2 years ago which changed my life and opened my mind to the possibility that cheese and chocolate were actually an amazing combination!

Of course it helped that I had half a tub of cream cheese sitting in the fridge after I made the Mini Red Velvets so I attempted to add the filling to my brownies only to sadly realise that I have failed in swirling.. BUT I have to defend my brownies and say that my lack of aesthetic presentation skills does not justify its taste and biting into little chocolate chips when you take a forkful of this brownie is simply the cherry on the cake. This recipe is for the keeps!


300g unsalted butter
2 1/4 cups plain flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
3 eggs, at room temperature
2 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup chocolate chips

Cream Cheese Filling (adapted from Brown Eyed Baker)
1 pack of cream cheese, at room temperature
¼ cup granulated sugar
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
1 egg yolk

  • Preheat the oven at 175C. Line a 9″ by 13″ baking pan with aluminium foil and set aside.
  • Over medium heat, cook the butter in a saucepan till golden brown. Remove from heat and let cool. Sift the flour, baking powder and salt together and set aside.
  • Using an electric mixer, beat the browned butter and sugars together. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well. Add the vanilla and then the flour in two batches. Fold the chocolate chips in till just incorporated.
  • Make the cream cheese filling by beating the cream cheese, sugar, vanilla and egg yolk together in a small bowl until evenly blended.
  • Pour half the brownie batter into the prepared pan, spreading it in an even layer. drop half the cream cheese mixture, by spoonfuls, over the batter. Repeat, layering the remaining brownie batter and cream cheese filling. Use a butter knife to gently swirl the brownie batter and cream cheese filling, creating a marbled effect.
  • Bake for 40-50 minutes until a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean. Cool completely before cutting.
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3 Responses to Recipe: Browned-Butter Chocolate Chip Brownies with Cream Cheese Filling

  1. weixin says:

    “A foodie will always care about aesthetics but a TRUE foodie will place taste as the most important aspect.” (Yes, you can quote me on that, heehee!)

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