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Cream Cheese Brownies with Toffee and Pecans

Cream Cheese Brownies with Toffee and Pecans are brownies on overdrive! Cream cheese, nuts, chocolate chips, toffee… oh, my!

Cream Cheese Brownies with Toffee and Pecans on a rectangular white plate

These days, my brownie love runs the gamut from the all-chocolate varieties to the kitchen-sink varieties. Essentially, I haven’t met many brownies I haven’t liked. These flavor-packed Cream Cheese Brownies with Toffee and Pecans are no exception.

The first question usually asked about brownies is whether they are cakey or fudgy. The original recipe describes them as not too much of either one. To me, they’re cakey. That works very well with the cream cheese topping to make them not seem so heavy.

Cream Cheese Brownies with Toffee and Pecans served on a small white tray

Added to both the brownie batter and the top of the brownies is a generous helping of pecans, toffee chips, and chocolate chips. It’s a lovely flavor combination, with no one component seeming to overpower.

This is another great adaptable recipe for using what you have on-hand in your pantry. You can easily change the type of nuts, or leave them out. Different flavor chips would be equally as delicious. See what you have in your baking ingredient stash and make a batch of these brownies that’s all your own!

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Cream Cheese Brownies with Toffee and Pecans

Yield 24 2-inch brownies
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes

With a cream cheese filling, nuts, toffee, and plenty of chocolate, there's no shortage of flavors in these Cream Cheese Brownies with Toffee and Pecans!

Cream Cheese Brownies with Toffee and Pecans on a rectangular white plate


For the cream cheese filling:

  • 8 ounces (226g) cream cheese
  • 1/3 cup (67g) granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

For the brownies:

  • 1 & 1/4 cups (150g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup (170g) unsalted butter
  • 4 ounces (113g) unsweetened chocolate
  • 2 cups (400g) granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 & 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup (90g) coarsely chopped pecans, toasted
  • 1/2 cup (80g) toffee bits
  • 1/2 cup (85g) semisweet chocolate chips


To make the filling:

  1. Using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat the cream cheese and sugar until smooth.
  2. Add the egg and flour, and continue mixing until well-combined. Set aside.

To make the brownies:

  1. Place the butter and chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at half power in 30-second increments until butter has melted and chocolate melts when stirred. Transfer to a large mixing bowl and allow to cool slightly.
  2. Preheat oven to 325°F. Grease and flour a 9"x 13"x 2" baking pan.
  3. Whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.
  4. Add the sugar to the butter/chocolate mixture. Stir until blended. Add the eggs, milk, and vanilla. Beat well, either by hand or with an electric mixer. Add the flour mixture in 3 or 4 portions, mixing until blended.
  5. Stir in half of the pecans, half of the toffee, and half of the chocolate chips. Reserve about 1/2 cup of the brownie mixture.
  6. Spread the remaining brownie mixture evenly into the bottom of the prepared pan. Drop the cream cheese mixture by tablespoonfuls over the top of the batter. Drop the reserved brownie mixture by teaspoonfuls between the dollops of cream cheese mixture. Use a thin knife to swirl together the cream cheese mixture and brownie mixture.
  7. Sprinkle the remaining pecans, toffee, and chocolate chips over the batters. Gently press the toppings into the batter.
  8. Bake 45-55 minutes, or until a pick inserted into the center comes out with moist crumbs attached. Do not overbake.
  9. Cool completely in the pan before cutting into bars.


Recipe adapted from At Home with Magnolia.

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Cream Cheese Brownies with Toffee and Pecans

Cream Cheese Brownies with Toffee and Pecans

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    24 Comments on “Cream Cheese Brownies with Toffee and Pecans”

  1. I definitely lean towards brownies that are fully loaded. In other words, send me some of these haha.

  2. I posted cream cheese brownies today too! The toffee sounds especially delicious in these!

  3. These look perfect and I love everything in them! Can’t wait to try! 🙂

  4. These look delicious. Must bake these soon!

  5. We love brownie… Any time… Any day.. Any way.. =) Looks delicious!

  6. Love the combination of igredients. Since I like lots of crunch & texture, I will amp up the toffee and chocolate chips for a total of one cup each. Great choice for the next carry-in @ work.

  7. I need to get some toffee
    and pecans
    Please go to trader joe’s and get those sweet & spicy pecans–you must try those!

  8. I love that these brownies have such fun toppings! Makes them extra delicious.

  9. I love brownies. Must make these soon.

  10. Oh yum, these look and sound like the most delicious brownies!

  11. I really need to bake more with cream cheese…these are FANTASTIC! Thank you for sharing!

  12. The topping of these brownies looks insanely good! as does the brownie underneath!

  13. These brownies look very good. I put them on the list but I will it will take ages till I try them 🙂

  14. I will definitely try and these browny look so delicious. Perfect combination of toffee and cheese .. so Yummy!

  15. I’m a huge toffee fan, so adding it to one of my already favorite combos of cream cheese and brownies makes this over the top for me!

  16. I LOVE this Blog! Made these brownies this weekend but cheated on the base layer and used a mix. They were really tasty and went quickly! Definitely make these again.

  17. Do these need to be refrigerated?

  18. They look so so yummy.  Can I make with cake flour instead.  My best friend has a gluten intolerance but can eat a small amount of cookies or cakes made with cake flour with no problems.

  19. Jennifer, I received your email today about your Instagram account. I am not on Instagram and just wanted you to know that I would happily help if I could. Hoping your followers on Instagram can help out! Merry Christmas and keep baking! I love these brownies!

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