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Cream Cheese Swirl Brownies with Heath Bars and Pecans

Plate of cream cheese swirl brownies with layers of chocolate, cheese cake, Heath bar, and pecans
Allow us to introduce you to cream cheese swirl brownies with heath bars and pecans. If your idea of brownie perfection is a slightly gooey, nutty brownie bedecked with swirls of cheesecake and chunks of toffee, you've found it in this recipe.
Allysa Torey

Prep 30 mins
Cook 1 hr
Total 1 hr 30 mins
Dessert
American
24 brownies
270 kcal

Ingredients 

For the cream cheese filling

  • One (8-ounce) package cream cheese not softened
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

For the brownies

  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour plus more for the baking pan
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 12 tablespoons (6 oz) unsalted butter
  • 4 ounces unsweetened chocolate
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons whole milk
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup coarsely chopped toasted pecans*
  • 2/3 cup chopped Heath bars about two 1.4-ounce [40-g] bars or any chocolate-covered toffee bar

Directions 

Prepare the oven and pan

Make the cream cheese filling

  • In a medium bowl, beat the cream cheese with the sugar until smooth, about 1 minute. Add the egg and flour and beat well.

Make the brownies

  • In a small bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt.
  • In a medium saucepan over low heat, melt the butter with the chocolate, stirring occasionally, until smooth, 5 to 10 minutes. Remove from the heat, transfer to a large bowl, and let cool until lukewarm, about 5 minutes.
  • Stir in the sugar. Add the eggs, milk, and vanilla and beat well. Add the flour mixture and mix thoroughly. Stir in half the pecans and half the Heath bars. Spread all but 1/2 cup batter evenly in the prepared pan.
  • Drop the cream cheese mixture by tablespoonfuls on top of the batter. Next, drop the reserved brownie batter by teaspoonfuls in between the blobs of cream cheese filling. Using a small knife, swirl the two batters together, forming a decorative pattern. Sprinkle the remaining pecans and Heath Bars over the top, and using a spatula, gently press them into the batter.

Bake and cool the brownies

  • Bake until a cake tester inserted in the center of the pan comes out with moist crumbs attached, 45 to 50 minutes. Do not overbake. Let the brownies cool in the pan overnight before cutting into 2-inch (5-cm) squares and letting everyone indulge their mad crazy cravings.

Notes

*How do I toast pecans?

To toast the pecans, place on a baking sheet in a 350°F (175°C) oven for 15 minutes, or until lightly browned and fragrant.