O.M.G. these brownies! They are seriously so delicious. Raspberry cream cheese swirl brownies are our new go-to treat for anytime you might be craving the perfect balance of rich, decadent chocolate, creamy goodness and a touch of fruit.
This recipe is a great treat for Valentine’s Day (reminder – that’s coming right up!) or anytime you want to give your husband, sister, friend – or anyone – a decadent treat!
What ingredients do you need to make raspberry brownies?
- Unsweetened cocoa powder
- Baking powder
- Semi-sweet chocolate chips
For the cream cheese swirl:
- Cream cheese
- Egg yolk
- Raspberry jam
If you’re making these for Valentine’s Day (10 out of 10 recommend that!), to make them extra cute, grab a heart-shaped cookie cutter and make a few heart-shaped brownies. The raspberry swirl gives them that festive Valentine’s Day touch.
Giving gifts that people can eat is the best, so if you’re looking for another great food gift, check out these red wine brownies in a jar. These swirl brownies use the same base as the red wine brownies, but get an added touch of delicious-ness with cream cheese and raspberry jam.
And, if you’re feeling extra ambitious, you can even make your own jam from scratch. But raspberry jam works great as well!
Once you make the brownie base and pour it into the pan, you simply dollop the cream cheese mixture on top and lightly swirl in one direction. Next, dollop the jam and swirl in the opposite direction.
How to you keep the swirl in these brownies?
- Make sure not to over-swirl! If you do, you will lose the beautiful, art-like topping to these brownies. But, don’t worry, they will still taste amazing!
Once you’re happy with your swirl, throw them in the oven to bake.
Once baked, remove from the oven, let cool, slice and enjoy! This part is the trickiest because the smell in your kitchen will be so yummy it’ll be hard to resist!
Next time you’re in the mood for a decadent dessert, make these raspberry cream cheese swirl brownies!
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Raspberry Cream Cheese Swirl Brownies
For the Brownies
- 1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 3 large eggs at room temp
- ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 cup flour
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips or chocolate chunks
For the Cream Cheese Swirl
- 2 oz. cream cheese ¼ block, softened in microwave (approx 30 seconds)
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 egg yolk
- 1 tablespoon flour
- ¼ cup jam
- Preheat oven to 350
- Line a square 8x8 baking dish with parchment paper and spray with cooking spray.
- In a large microwave safe bowl, microwave butter for 30 seconds. Using a hand or stand mixer, beat butter first, then beat in the vanilla extract and eggs. This step doesn't look pretty, but the end result is delicious!)
- Stir in dry ingredients (cocoa powder, flour, baking powder, salt and sugar) and mix until combined. Add in chocolate chips and stir.
- Spoon batter into prepared baking dish. Set aside and prepare cream cheese mixture.
- For cream cheese swirl, soften 2 oz. (about 1/4 block) cream cheese in the microwave for about 30 seconds.
- Combine cream cheese, sugar, egg yolk and flour.
- Dollop cream cheese mixture on top of brownies and swirl slightly with a knife. Dollop jam in opposite spots and swirl in opposite direction.
- Bake for 30 minutes.
- Let cool, remove parchment paper from pan, slice brownies and enjoy!
Linda Bick says
Thank you so much!
Amy Cooley says
We keep Valentine’s Day simple and celebrate at home with our kids. This year we had homemade pizza and sparkling grape juice.
Aw, I love that you had homemade pizza and sparkling grape juice, it must have been so special!
Erika Estrada says
I spent Valentines Day with my family, and my mom and I made shrimp marinara with linguine. I also made garlic knots on the side. I’m the one who loves to bake, n insisted on these brownies, even though my mom was afraid she wouldn’t like the raspberry part even though she likes cheesecake brownies. She loved them! They really are delicious! Great recipe!
Your Valentines sounds so lovely! I’m so glad you made these and that she loved them, thank you for the feedback!!
Mary W says
My favorite Valentine meal or any special occasion meal is a great steak, mashed potatoes and vegetables in season with cheesecake for dessert.
That sounds like a super delicious meal!
Sara Williams says
Oh my gosh! These look amazing. I”ll bet these would be a huge hit in my house. Will have to make these SOON!
I hope you love them, people have been making them and loving them!
My hubs cooked for Valentine’s day this year! He was actually home and surprised me by doing all the shopping and the cooking. We had chicken skillet Marsala and he made an amazing salad as well. However he had requested i make the raspberry brownies. He loves raspberries and this has become his fave dessert now. The other is Linzer cookies or lemon bars.
I’ve also been asked to make your raspberry brownies for a baby shower tomorrow! They’re so easy I had to say yes times two!
That’s so sweet he cooked (and it sounds like such a delicious meal).
Thank you so much for sharing that, I’m so happy to hear that you guys like these brownies, what a nice thing to make them for a baby shower (great idea too!)
We love love love crab legs!!!! So much fun to make and eat 😉
Oh how fun that you make them!!!
My favorite Valentine’s Day meal definitely includes a good Sauv Blanc wine and handmade chocolate-dipped strawberries! The main course would be great to have an (instant pot recipe) chicken with some tasty spices and maybe rice/ quinoa with some veggies. I know my boyfriend would also love to try these raspberry cream cheese brownies – will try next year!
Oh that sounds like a delicious meal and wine choice 🙂 I hope you had a wonderful day and think you’ll love these brownies 😉
My husband and I love to cook together. So the best Valentine’s day meal would be an evening making a special dinner together……steak or
home-smoked meat, homemade pasta and a fancy salad.
I’m going to have to try these brownies!
I love that you cook together for Valentines day. My husband and I also end up cooking together (more for time sake with the kids now lol).
thank you so much for commenting <3
Favorite V-Day meal… I’d have to say some braised meat over pasta OR parmesan crusted walleye with rice pilaf AND chocolate for dessert… molten chocolate cake or mousse perhaps??
That sounds like such amazing meal (and dessert)
I got to have a wonderful catch-up dinner with an old friend for Valentines Day.
Aw I love that!!
I always like something a little extra special for Valentine’s Day dinner. One of my favorite ones from the past was Beef Wellington. Delicious and not something you see everyday!
Barbara P. says
Surf and turf would definitely be my favorite Valentine’s Day meal…and following that-these brownies. They look delicious!
Oh yum, surf and turf sounds amazing (and these brownies are so good!!)
Oh that is fancy and not something you see every day!
Lisa B says
These look delish!!! Two of my favorite flavors – chocolate and raspberry!
My favorite Valentine meal is shrimp scampi! It was such a “treat” to buy shrimp when hubby was in graduate school.
That’s such a sweet story behind the dish (I remember those days of seafood as a “treat”!)
Also, I think you’ll love the brownies!
Michaela Maldonado says
These look amazing!!! 🙂
Thank you so much!
Monica M says
My favorite dinner would be lobster, asparagus and a nice salad to go along with it. This year we are having just a simple dinner at home (change of plans), so hoping for a special dinner in a few weeks. Thinking I may make your raspberry brownies for dessert today though. 🙂
That sounds like such a delicious ideal dinner – lobster…yum!! I hope you get your special dinner, and I hope you enjoy the brownies (they’re soooo good!) Happy Valentines Day!
Making today ! Happy Valentines Day !
I hope you love them so much, they’re delicious!!
My idea of a Valentine dinner would be to come home & see that my husband cooked a Valentines dinner. I know it will NEVER happen because he can’t boil water!! So I guess my Valentine dinner would be to go out & let someone cook my dinner!
Hahaha here’s to hoping for miracles 😉
Kim Henrichs says
My fave Valentines meal is pasta and a chocolate lava cake!
Sounds like my idea of a wonderful Valentines meal!
Shawn Parent says
Those brownie looks amazing and very valentinish!❤️ My favorite meal to make for valentines dinner would be brown butter scallops , asparagus and or arugula/parmesan with lemon olive oil dressing with creme brûlée for dessert
Thank you for your compliment about the brownies, and wow does that meal you make sound amazing!
Wow killer cannot beat this combination
Thank you so much!
Angela Back says
This looks amazing. Definitely great for dessert on Valentine’s day. My favorite choice of valentine dinner would be, A nice quiet evening at home with candles (to be romantic) maybe a few rose petals on the dinner table. Kids are at their grandparents house. Cooking homemade agratin potatoes with a creamy parmesan sauce with melted New York style cheddar cheese on top slightly browned. With a sweet kale salad with sweet onion dressing and a pan fried steak to your liking of course. That is my favorite valentine day dinner. I don’t go out much especially to eat so I cook at home.
That sounds like such a lovely Valentines day, you’re giving me ideas, thank you!!
Wendy Burrow says
I was thinking of making almond cheesecakes in mini heart-shaped springform pans! And this year my favorite valentine’s dinner would be anything I didn’t have to cook! LOL
That sounds like such a beautiful idea to make the heart shaped sringform pans.
Raspberry cream cheese brownies……what a great desert for Valentines Day. My favorite meal would be some kind of seafood. Broiled shrimp with rice and asparagus.
Thank you, and I love seafood for valentines day!!
Lanie Heller says
Wow these look so lovely and perfect for my anniversary day!! Yes married 2-14-14 at 2:14pm had to do it! My Favourite Valentine’s Day dinner is seafood! We have a wonderful ocean to table restaurant here in little RI that blows everyone outta the water….or ocean pun intended. Thanks for the opportunity!
Oh my goodness, congratulations, I LOVE that 2/14 story, how neat!!!!
Lanie Heller says
Thank you! <3
My favorite Valentine’s Day meal is pizza…Homemade of course! Everyone in my family loves it and we like to finish the night off with chocolate, either cake, cookies or brownies!
I love that you make pizza at home, I think that’s what we’re going to do this year!!
Yummy Brownies !! My favorite Valentine Dinner would be Seafood with Asparagus or Broccoli and maybe some Lobster Mashed Potatoes !! And of course, dessert would be some Dark Divine Chocolate !!
Oh I love the sound of your Valentine’s dinner!
Monica M says
Those brownies look beautiful! Would make a great dessert for Valentines Day. 🙂
Thank you so much Monica!
Susan Craig says
Those look amazing! They would definitely be a hit at a Valentines Day party – maybe with fondue and veggie plate. That would be delicious.
I love the idea of a Valentines day party!!