Oreo Cream Cheese Brownies

Oreo Cream Cheese Brownies — These cream cheese brownies are ultra fudgy, not at all cakey, ridiculously rich, boldly chocolaty, and the Oreo pieces add incredible texture.

Oreo Cream Cheese Brownies on white serving platter

Easy Oreo Cream Cheese Brownies

These are some of the best brownies I’ve ever made. Fudgy brownies with a cream cheese filling and Oreos baked in. That can’t be bad.

If you need a superstar brownie to impress a crowd, this is the recipe to do it. The brownie base is adapted from The Best Turtle Brownies, which I also adapted for my Pumpkin Cream Cheese-Filled Brownies, and Andes Mint Brownies.

It’s a fast, easy, one-bowl, no mixer recipe that’s as easy as using a mix. The cream cheese brownies are ultra fudgy, not at all cakey, ridiculously rich, boldly chocolaty, and the Oreo pieces add incredible texture.

The cream cheese filling is tangy-yet-sweet and perfectly offsets the dark richness of the brownies. The cream cheese is a bit squishy and isn’t dense like cheesecake. The softer, more squishy texture is a great contrast to the dense, fudgy brownies and crunchy Oreos.

I prefer to serve these Oreo cheesecake brownies slightly chilled and store them in the fridge. Plus with the cream cheese, it’s a safer bet. The bonus is that they’ll last a long time in the fridge which is great if you need a make-ahead dessert.

But they didn’t last long here. Must have been all that late-night row straightening.

Oreo Cream Cheese Brownie on white plate with Oreo cookies in background

What’s in Oreo Cream Cheese Brownies? 

To make these Oreo cream cheese brownies, you’ll need: 

  • Unsalted butter
  • Dark chocolate
  • Eggs 
  • Granulated sugar
  • Vanilla extract
  • Brewed coffee
  • Instant espresso granules 
  • Salt
  • All-purpose flour
  • Oreo cookies
  • Cream cheese
  • Confectioner’s sugar

Oreo Cream Cheese Brownie on white plate with bite missing

How to Make Oreo Cream Cheese Brownies

These Oreo brownies are super easy to make — creating the cheesecake layer in the center takes barely any extra time to whip up! You’ll first need to melt the butter, then stir it into the wet ingredients. Add the dry ingredients to the wet, making sure to reserve some crumbled Oreos for the top of the brownies. 

Turn half the batter into a greased 8×8-inch pan, then make the cream cheese filling. Once prepped, spread the cream cheese filling evenly over the brownie batter base. Top the cream cheese layer with the remaining brownie batter, and follow that up with a sprinkling of crushed Oreos. 

Bake the Oreo brownies until the center has just set and is no longer glossy. You’ll then need to let these Oreo cream cheese brownies cool completely on your countertop before popping them in the fridge to fully set. 

four Oreo Cream Cheese Brownies on white serving platter

Do These Brownies Taste at all Like Coffee?

No, neither the brewed coffee nor the espresso granules make the Oreo cream cheese brownies taste like coffee. Both simply enhance and round out the chocolate flavor.

Can I Double This Recipe? 

Yes, you probably can. You’d need to bake the Oreo cheesecake brownies in a 9×13-inch pan in that case. 

Oreo Cream Cheese Brownies - Fudgy brownies with a layer of cream cheese and tons of Oreos! They'll be your new favorites! Totally amazing!!

Tips for Making Oreo Cream Cheese Brownies

After melting the butter, allow it to cool momentarily before adding the eggs so they don’t scramble. If you do wind up scrambling the eggs by mistake, throw them out and start afresh. Trust me, you do not want to add that to your brownie batter! 

When spreading the cream cheese layer atop the brownie batter, rather than allowing it to ‘plop’ out of the mixing bowl in one area of the pan, try to dollop it out in small ‘clumps’, which makes spreading it neatly much easier.

Also note that when testing the brownies to see if they’re done, the toothpick test is fairly unreliable because you’ll hit white gooey cream cheese, but the toothpick should come out clean or with a few moist crumbs, but no brownie batter.

Baking times will vary based on climate, oven, exact brands of ingredients used, etc. 30 minutes in my oven yields extremely moist, fudgy brownies. If you prefer yours more well done, live in a humid climate, etc. you may wish to bake a few minutes longer. Always bake until done, whatever time that means for you.

Oreo Cream Cheese Brownies

Oreo Cream Cheese Brownies

These cream cheese brownies are ultra fudgy, not at all cakey, ridiculously rich, boldly chocolaty, and the Oreo pieces add incredible texture.

Yield: 9 brownies
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Cooling Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 45 minutes

Ingredients

Brownies

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick)
  • 6 ounces dark or bittersweet chocolate, chopped (I used Trader Joe’s 72% Pound Plus Bar)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon brewed coffee (leftover or cold coffee is okay), optional but recommended
  • 1 teaspoon instant espresso granules, optional but recommended
  • pinch salt, optional and to taste
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 15 Oreo Cookies, diced into 1/2-inch pieces, divided (I dice each Oreo into 4 to 6 pieces)

Cream Cheese Filling

  • 8 ounces brick-style cream cheese, softened (lite is okay)
  • 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

    Make the Brownie Batter

    1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line an 8-inch square pan with aluminum foil leaving overhang and spray with cooking spray, or grease and flour the pan; set aside.
    2. In a large microwave-safe bowl, add the butter, chocolate, and heat on high power to melt, about 2 minutes. Stop to check and stir after 1 minute. Heat in 15-second increments until chocolate has melted and mixture can be stirred smooth. Allow mixture to cool momentarily before adding the eggs so they don’t scramble.
    3. Add the eggs, sugar, vanilla, optional coffee, optional espresso granules (neither make brownies taste like coffee and both enhance and round out the chocolate flavor), optional salt, and whisk vigorously to combine.
    4. Add the flour, most of the diced Oreos, reserving a small handful to be sprinkled on top, and stir until smooth and combined without overmixing.
    5. Turn half the batter out into prepared pan, smoothing the top lightly with a spatula as necessary; set aside while you make the Cream Cheese Filling.

    Make the Cream Cheese Filling

    1. In a medium bowl, add the cream cheese, confectioners’ sugar, vanilla, and beat with an electric hand mixer until smooth and combined, or whisk vigorously to combine.
    2. Turn filling out over brownie base to create an even, smooth, flat layer. Take your time spreading the cream cheese over all areas with a knife or spatula. Tip – Rather than allowing the cream cheese to ‘plop’ out of the mixing bowl in one area of the pan, try to dollop it out in small ‘clumps’, which makes spreading it neatly much easier.
    3. Turn out remaining brownie batter over cream cheese layer and take your times spreading the batter over bare patches and into the corners. Using the Tip from Step 7 is helpful here, too.
    4. Evenly sprinkle the reserved handful of Oreos over the top.
    5. Bake for about 30 minutes, or until center has just set and is no longer glossy.* (see note below)
    6. Allow brownies to cool in pan on top of a wire rack for at least 2 hours. Then cover with a sheet of foil to prevent fridge smells, and place pan in fridge for at least 2 hours, or until sufficiently chilled for slicing. Do not rush the cooling process because the cream cheese will ooze everywhere and the brownies need time to really set up before slicing.
    7. Lift brownies out using foil overhang, slice, and serve. Brownies will keep airtight in the fridge for up to 10 days, or in the freezer for up to 6 months. I prefer these brownies slightly chilled and store them in the fridge.

Notes

  • *The toothpick test is fairly unreliable here because you’ll hit white gooey cream cheese, but toothpick should come out clean or with a few moist crumbs, but no brownie batter. Baking times will vary based on climate, oven, exact brands of ingredients used, etc. 30 minutes in my oven yields extremely fudgy, moist brownies. If you prefer yours more well done, live in a humid climate, etc. you may wish to bake a few minutes longer. Always bake until done, whatever time that means for you.
  • Reecipe adapted from The Best Turtle Brownies and The Best Pumpkin Cream Cheese- Filled Brownies.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

9

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 540 Total Fat: 34g Saturated Fat: 19g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 13g Cholesterol: 94mg Sodium: 194mg Carbohydrates: 52g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 4g Sugar: 32g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 8g

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70 comments on “Oreo Cream Cheese Brownies”

  1. Oh you are bad bad bad. Decadent brownies!

  2. This is basically all my favorite things in one brownie. YES.

  3. These look amazing! If you say they’re the best you’ve ever had, then this is going to be made by me very soon. Saved.

  4. This recipe was wonderful thank you for the amazing recipe how ever we baked them last night and it seems the brownie batter remained a bit raw ? The top and bottom are completely cooked even the cream cheese settled well but a bit of the batter remains chocolaty on the top ? Did we do something wrong also I used a glass pan and baked for 45 min total.

    • Glass pans can bake at different rates than metal pans (which is what I always use) and it sounds like they probably just needed another 5 mins or so in the oven. Glad they were great and just bake slightly longer next time.

  5. Oreos + cream cheese + brownies = awesomeness! I don’t think these would last long at all in our home. Have a happy new year, Averie!!

  6. These brownies look so good and gooey. Great combination.

  7. These are levely. It’s been too long since I made chocalde brownies. I must fix that soon. Pinned it ofcourse :)

  8. These were a hit at our New Years party! Only change I made was using a whole bag of mini Oreos instead of 15 regular size. Just had to chop them in half- super easy! I too had an issue with rawness using a glass pan. If using glass, I definitely recommend baking for a minimum of 35 minutes. Amazing recipe as always! Thanks!

  9. these look amaaaaaaazing

  10. I made these, Oreo cream cheese brownie, over the holidays and they were a hit! I used mint Oreo cookies on top, because that’s all I had (someone ate the regular Oreos!) and I’d make them again.

  11. Is it sad I check your posts each day before I check the news? I figure if rather start the day off with happiness and motivation to run for the day than what’s going on around me. So these Oreo brownies actually piqued the hubby more than mine mostly cuz I don’t love Oreos. Love or not, these were delicious and I may or may not have eaten most of the pan. Shhhhh I said I dropped them and the dog got them…. another winning recipe!

    • I don’t even check the news…LOL. But I read a bazillion food blogs and can tell you who has an amazing new cookie recipe on any given Tuesday :)

      Glad these were a hit even though you ‘don’t like Oreos that much’. Famous last words, right :) Thanks for trying to many recipes of mine, Jen, and have a wonderful weekend!

  12. Hi Averie,

    Your brownies look AMAZING and i want to bake them myself but i have a 13 x 9″ pan. In this case should i duplicate the recipe?

    PS: Thanks for your help in advance!

  13. I just made these for the first time and they are RIDICULOUS!! They literally melt in your mouth. I’m so glad that, by a strange grocery fluke, I ended up with 300 oreo cookies in my pantry. NOW I see why? They have a purpose! It was karma! Thank you, Averie, for another amazing recipe. I’ve made several of yours and they are always a hit!

  14. These brownies look so good and gooey. Great combination.

  15. Wow these look amazing! My question is, can I use a box mix, I don’t have all the ingredients to make them from scratch but I do have a box mix.

  16. Can I Bake these in muffin cases instead? Will they need same baking time please?

  17. I know you posted this a few years ago, but I only just found it and I wanted to thank you for the amazing recipe! My family loved it over Thanksgiving :)

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