Lemon Cream Cheese Brownies Recipe

These Lemon Cream Cheese Brownies combine the tangy brightness of lemon with the rich creaminess of cheesecake, creating a delightful and refreshing treat. Perfect for any occasion, these brownies are sure to impress with their unique flavor combination.

Ingredients:

For the Brownie Layer:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

For the Cream Cheese Layer:

  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

Instructions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease and line an 8×8 inch baking pan with parchment paper, leaving some overhang for easy removal.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the melted butter and granulated sugar until smooth. Add the eggs, vanilla extract, lemon zest, and lemon juice, and whisk until well combined.
  3. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, stirring until just combined. Be careful not to overmix.
  4. Pour the brownie batter into the prepared baking pan and spread it evenly using a spatula.
  5. In another bowl, beat the softened cream cheese until smooth. Add the granulated sugar, egg, vanilla extract, lemon zest, and lemon juice, and beat until creamy and well combined.
  6. Spoon dollops of the cream cheese mixture over the brownie batter in the pan. Use a knife or a toothpick to gently swirl the cream cheese mixture into the brownie batter, creating a marbled effect.
  7. Bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with a few moist crumbs.
  8. Allow the brownies to cool completely in the pan on a wire rack. Once cooled, use the parchment paper overhang to lift the brownies out of the pan and onto a cutting board. Cut into squares and serve.
  9. Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Enjoy your Lemon Cream Cheese Brownies chilled or at room temperature!

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