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Bourbon Cream Cheese Brownies

Cream cheese and bourbon add big flavor to these Bourbon Cream Cheese Brownies. These always disappear so quickly! - Bake or Break

I know it was just yesterday that I told you that I’m all about baking cookies these days, and here I am with a brownie recipe. The cookies will be back shortly, but I just had to share these amazing brownies.

I am not exaggerating even a little when I say that these are some of the best brownies I’ve ever had. The texture is exactly what I want a brownie to be. It’s light and a bit cakey while still being a little dense. Then, you add a cream cheese swirl flavored with bourbon… I am so there.

Cream cheese and bourbon add big flavor to these Bourbon Cream Cheese Brownies. These always disappear so quickly! - Bake or Break

To give you a couple more details about how I came to make these brownies, I have to start a few weeks ago when I decided to go to the New York food bloggers’ cookie swap. I went to the cookie swap two years ago right after we moved to NYC, but I wasn’t able to go last year. So, I eagerly signed up to go this year to mingle with some lovely local food bloggers and get some great cookies. Shortly after I signed up, I was offered some Divine Chocolate to use in my cookie swap contribution.

We all know that I have some strong opinions about chocolate. I prefer the good stuff. And, I’m happy to tell you that Divine falls squarely in that category. If you aren’t familiar with Divine, they are a fair trade chocolate company that is owned by its cocoa farmers. I’ve used a few of their chocolates so far, and I’ve been pleased with all of them.

I took a batch of these to take to the cookie swap. Well, a batch minus two. Quinn and I had to make sure they were good, right? I instantly fell in love with them. It was kinda hard to part with them, but I was brave. I am happy to tell you that the 14 brownies I did manage to take to the swap were snatched up quickly. And, now all I can think about is baking another batch!

The week of giveaways continues with a wonderful collection of Divine Chocolate. Scroll past the recipe for entry details.

Bourbon Cream Cheese Brownies

Yield 16 2-inch brownies
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes

Cream cheese and bourbon add big flavor to these Bourbon Cream Cheese Brownies.

Cream cheese and bourbon add big flavor to these Bourbon Cream Cheese Brownies. These always disappear so quickly! - Bake or Break


For the brownies:

  • 4 ounces dark chocolate*
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 & 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

For the cream cheese swirl:

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup bourbon
  • 1 large egg


To make the brownies:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a 9-inch square baking pan. Line the pan with parchment paper so that the paper overhangs a couple of inches on each side. Lightly grease the paper.
  2. Place the chocolate and butter in a microwave-safe bowl. Heat in the microwave at half-power in 30-second increments until the butter has melted and chocolate melts when stirred. Stir until smooth. Set aside.
  3. Combine the brown sugar and sugar in a large bowl. Add the chocolate and mix to combine. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing until blended after each addition. Mix in the vanilla.
  4. Add the flour and salt. Mix just until combined.
  5. Spread half of the batter in the prepared pan.

To make the cream cheese swirl:

  1. Using an electric mixer on medium speed, beat the cream cheese until smooth. Add the sugar and flour, and mix until well-blended. Mix in the bourbon and egg.
  2. Pour the cream cheese mixture over the brownie batter in pan. Top with the remaining brownie batter. Use a thin knife to swirl the layers together.
  3. Bake 40 to 45 minutes, or until a pick inserted into the center comes out with moist crumbs.
  4. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack. Then, use the parchment paper to lift the brownies from the pan onto a cutting board. Cut into squares.


*I used a combination of Divine 85% and 70% chocolate.

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    21 Comments on “Bourbon Cream Cheese Brownies”

  1. Yummmm! These look wonderful. I presume that, after baking, the bourbon has a nice non-boozy flavor? Not that I would mind….but my husband is picky. Of course, he can just leave them all for me. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thank you for the terrific recipes.

  2. ooh I’m gonna have to see if I can make these babies gluten-free! Thanks for sharing this recipe and for coming out to the swap!

  3. Can you use an extract or do they make a bourbon extract. My family doesn’t drink. I really would like to make the receipe.

  4. I’m learning the importance of quality chocolate, it really does make a huge difference! These brownies look amazing!

  5. My hubby would have devoured these and would have left me without anything for the cookie swap! These look perfect!

  6. The only thing that could make brownies better is bourbon. Whoa.

  7. Are you freaking kidding me? Bourbon and Brownies?

  8. Do you think I could substitute the bourbon for another liqueur like amaretto?

  9. hi, so gonna bake this lovely looking brownies…..can i use MILK CHOCOLATE rather then dark one?????? plz do answer & take care

  10. I had a little bit of trouble with the 9×9 version setting up properly so I switched to 12×8 and that was the trick for me at least. And anyone that skips the parchment paper lining – trust me I say don’t skip that part. These were a hit for my charity event recently – thanks so much!

  11. This is my favorite brownie recipe of all time! I’m a professional baker and just made this for 30 people. I doubled the recipe and baked it in a half sheet pan. I added a cup of honey roasted pecans, chopped, to the chocolate batter, and used Callebaut Semi-Sweet chocolate, and a high quality small batch Bourbon. So very delicious! Thank you for sharing your recipes.

  12. The last batch I made, I also made 1/2 a recipe Gluten Free substituting tapioca starch for flour with excellent results.
    And, I bought your E-Cookbook since I owe you big time for this recipe! Thanks again!

  13. I made these last night. They turned out well but I didn’t like the texture or flavor at all. Sorry, won’t make again.

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