These raspberry cream cheese brownies are divine. A perfect combination of flavors.Over the years, I’ve done the food and cooking for a lot of church events, especially luncheons and dinners for the women’s group. Several years ago, I did the menu for a women’s meeting and we decided to do a dessert bar. I worked hard coming up with the perfect dessert menu for the event and I did a lot of experimenting too. We decided we didn’t want to have to deal with utensils so we wanted all the desserts to be finger foods, things you could just pick up and eat. These yummy Key Lime Bars definitely made the cut out of all the recipes I tested and so did this recipe for raspberry cream cheese brownies. I knew that chocolate had to be part of the dessert menu. What would a church event for women be without chocolate?!?
A member of my food committee for the event shared this yummy recipe with me. Not only did it make the cut but it was definitely one of the most popular items on the dessert bar. You know it’s a good one when you get lots of requests for the recipe. Believe it or not I’m not a fan of a lot of chocolate. I like my chocolate combined with other things and the combination of cheese cake, raspberries and chocolate in these bar cookies is perfection.
How to make Raspberry Cream Cheese Brownies
- These bars start with a brownie base and then are topped with a cheesecake like mixture.
- Let your cream cheese sit out for a few hours to make sure it is nice and soft before mixing. You don’t want any lumps in your cream cheese!
- Top your brownie base with the cream cheese mixture and then add the remaining 1/3 cup of brownie mixture on top by the spoonful. Take a knife and swirl through the brownie mixture and the cream cheese.
- Add your raspberries on top and gently push them into the mixture.
- Allow to cool before cutting and if there are any brownies left at the end of the day, refrigerate them overnight because of the cream cheese.
Can I use frozen raspberries?
Yes! I’ve used fresh and frozen raspberries and they both worked fine, just make sure to thaw and drain them if they were frozen.
What is the easiest way to cleanly cut brownies?
- Allow brownies to totally cool to room temperature or chill in the refrigerator.
- Use a disposable plastic knife, the kind you just throw away. A friend of mine shared this tip with me a few years ago and it works!
- If the knife picks up any crumbs while cutting just wipe them off before your next cut.
Other favorite bar cookies:
Raspberry Cream Cheese Brownie Recipe
The delicious combination of raspberry, chocolate, and cheesecake all in a yummy brownie.
- 1 C flour
- 2 C sugar
- 1 cup butter
- 7 oz dark chocolate
- 5 oz raspberries frozen or fresh
- 14 oz. cream cheese
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 5 eggs
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Combine butter with 1 cup sugar and mix
- Add 3 eggs one at a time
- Melt the chocolate and mix it in with the butter and sugar
- Gently fold in 1 cup of flour
- Butter a 9 x 13 baking pan and line with parchment paper
- Put the cream cheese in a big bowl, add 2 eggs, 1 cup sugar and 1 tsp vanilla
- Mix until it is smooth
- Spread 2/3 of the brownie mix on the bottom of the pan
- Pour the cream cheese on top
- Add spoonsfuls of remaining brownie mix on top of cream cheese and marble it together with a knife
- Sprinkle raspberries on top and push them into the cream cheese
- Bake for 40-45 minutes
- Let the brownies cool completely before cutting them into squares
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