Orange Cream Cheese Swirl Brownies from Awesome on 20

Orange Cream Cheese Swirl Brownies

Orange Cream Cheese Swirl Brownies from Awesome on 20

I started a new temp job last week, and for once I’m working normal hours like a business lady in a fancy downtown building. It sucks. 8 to 5? Really? How do people do this every day of their lives? Maybe if it was important and/or interesting work it wouldn’t be so bad, but when I get home from my mind-numbing day of generally unproductive boredom, my neck is killing me, and I’m wiped out.

There’s really only one thing that makes me feel better at the end of the day, and that’s chocolate. I’ll take it any way I can get it, and sometimes I don’t make it past 3:00 pm before I need a chocolate break. Usually it’s a candy bar from the shop downstairs, but if I had a choice, a fresh baked brownie would be a super awesome way to get my chocolate fix.

Orange Cream Cheese Swirl Brownies from Awesome on 20

This brownie! Kids, this brownie is amazing! Not only is it super rich and fudgy, but it also has an orange-infused cream cheese swirls that takes it through the roof. There also might be a little bit of booze in there. How can that be a bad thing?

It’s sort of the best brownie I’ve ever had. Every time I make these, people can’t stop eating them. They’re sort of like medicine for the soul. They just make everybody happy.

Orange Cream Cheese Swirl Brownies from Awesome on 20

The corporate world is not my gig. I’m glad I don’t have to do it for very much longer. Brownies are where it’s at. You need this dose of happiness in your week. I should know.

Orange Cream Cheese Swirl Brownies
Yields 16
Rich, fudgy brownies with an orange-infused cream cheese swirl. Medicine for bad days.
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Total Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr
For the brownies
  1. 120 grams (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, softened
  2. 250 grams (1 cup) sugar
  3. 2 eggs
  4. 1 egg yolk
  5. 210 grams (7.4 ounces) semi-sweet chocolate, melted
  6. 5 tablespoons of any combination of coffee, orange, or chocolate flavored liqueur or rum,whatever you have on hand, or coffee or espresso
  7. 165 grams (1-3/8 cup) all-purpose flour
  8. 1 teaspoon baking powder
  9. 1/4 teaspoon salt
For the swirl
  1. 340 grams (12 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  2. 100 grams (1/2 cup) sugar
  3. 1 egg yolk
  4. 30 grams (1/4 cup) all-purpose flour
  5. zest of one orange
  6. 1 tablespoon orange juice
For the brownies
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 and line a 9x9 inch baking pan with foil.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar together on medium high for about three minutes or until the mixture turns pale.
  3. Add the eggs one at a time, followed by the egg yolk, mixing well after each addition.
  4. Slowly stir in the melted chocolate and the booze or coffee.
  5. Ditch your mixer and sift the flour, baking powder, and salt over your batter. Fold in the dry ingredients.
  6. Pour your batter into your baking pan, then get a clean bowl (or wash your only stand mixer bowl 'cause you're not Ina Garten)
For the swirl
  1. In your mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese and sugar together, then add the egg yolk and flour.
  2. Finally, mix in the orange zest and juice until well combined.
  3. Scoop out dollops of cream cheese throughout your brownie mixture. There will be lots of cream cheese.
  4. Swirl the cream cheese mixture lightly with a butter knife.
  5. Bake for 20-25 minutes. I find it takes a bit longer with the cream cheese swirl. A tester will have some crumbs sticking to it. I like my brownies underdone and gooey.
  6. Now for the hardest part. Let your brownies cool completely before cutting them. It's even better if you can let them hang out in the fridge for a while. They'll cut much better that way. You can do it!
  1. Use the best chocolate you can get your hands on, but even if it's store-brand chocolate chips, these will still be great!
Adapted from Olive Magazine
Adapted from Olive Magazine
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Photos by Monica Szczupider

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