Take your brownie mix to the next level with these Christmas Cream Cheese Brownies. The red and green swirls makes these brownies so festive.

Christmas Brownies cut into squares
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If you are looking for a fun and festive brownie to make this Christmas, make these Christmas Brownies. Start with a brownie mix and then top it with a red and green cream cheese swirl for a delicious treat.

These brownies are rich, creamy and the perfect brownie to bring to all your holiday gatherings. These brownies come together quickly and are super tasty. Cheesecake and brownie are the perfect combination.

Your kids will love helping swirl the red and green mixture together to create a fun and festive topping. Make your dessert tray complete with these easy Christmas Brownies.

You might also like Christmas Lasagna Dessert or any of our Christmas Brownie Ideas.

Easy Christmas Brownie Recipe:

We love baking Christmas Desserts during the holidays. These Christmas Brownies are always on the list. They are quick, easy and loaded with flavor. The combination of the chocolate and cream cheese makes these so delicious.

If you are needing an easy Brownie to make this holiday season, make this easy ingredient holiday brownie recipe. These brownies would even be perfect for a cookie exchange or wrap up as gift for neighbors.

Ingredients: 

Ingredients needed - brownie mix, cream cheese, powdered sugar, eggs, vanilla, food coloring

For the Brownies: 

  • Fudge Brownie Mix 
  • Ingredients to prepare the Brownies 

For the Cream Cheese Topping

  • Cream Cheese (room temperature) 
  • Powdered Sugar 
  • Large Eggs 
  • Vanilla Extract 
  • Red & Green Food Coloring 

Scroll to the bottom of the post to see the full recipe and ingredients in the recipe card.

Variations Ideas:

  • Homemade Brownies – Feel free to make homemade brownies which flour and cocoa powder instead of using a brownie mix. Whether you make homemade or use a box, these brownies will be the first to go.
  • Chocolate Chips – Feel free to add texture and flavor to your brownies. You can mix in milk chocolate chips, white chocolate chips or dark chocolate chips.
  • Change Cream Cheese Color – We love making these for Christmas, but you can easily change the color for whatever holiday that you are celebrating.
  • Sprinkles – For a more fun and festive topping, add sprinkles to the top.

Step by Step Instructions: 

Prepared brownie batter poured into a baking dish

Step 1 – Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare the brownies mix based on the package instructions in a mixing bowl. Then pour into an 9X9 baking pan sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. 

cream cheese frosting divided into three bowls and dyed red and green and then a bowl of white

Step 2 – Beat together the cream cheese, powdered sugar, egg and vanilla extract in a large bowl with a hand held mixer.  Blend until smooth. Divide cream cheese into 3 bowls and Dye 1 bowl red, 1 bowl green and then leave the other bowl white. 

Topping the brownie batter with the frosting

Step 3 – Then spoon each of the cream cheese mixtures on top of the brownie batter in stripes alternating between the colors. 

Swirling the frosting into the brownie batter

Step 4 – Use a skewer or knife to gently swirl the colors together.  Be careful not to over swirl. 

  • Step 5 – Bake Brownies – Bake for 45-50 minutes until the brownies are set.  
  • Step 6 – Allow Brownies to cool – Remove and let the brownies cool completely at room temperature. 
  • Step 7 – Serve and Enjoy – They are ready to slice, serve and enjoy.

Recipe Tips:

  • Brownie – Pour the brownie layer into the prepared pan with foil or cooking spray. This fudgy brownie recipe is baked in a 9×9 pan but you can double the recipe and make it in a 9×13 pan.
  • Combining Ingredients – We recommend not overmixing brownie ingredients. Blend with a hand mixer until batter is smooth.
  • Baking Brownie – You will know when brownie is done when the toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  • Cream Cheese – We recommend using softened cream cheese. This helps to blend the cream cheese mixture smooth and creamy. We like to use full fat cream cheese as it taste better than reduce fat.
  • Line the baking dish Line the baking dish with parchment paper or foil. This will allow you to lift the entire pan of brownies out once cooked. You can then transfer to a cutting board to easily cut the brownies.
Christmas Brownies cut into squares

How Do you Cut Brownies Cleanly:

As long as you follow these easy tips for cutting them, each square should be clean cut. They will look amazing on your dessert table and so pretty.

  • Cool Completely – Make sure the brownies have completely cooled before cutting. If you try to cut brownies before they have timed to cool, it could result in not a clean cut.
  • Use Plastic Knife – The best way to cut brownies is with a plastic knife. They are non stick and help to ensure clean cuts. If you do not want to use a plastic knife, you can use a regular knife. However, I suggest spraying it with cooking spray.
  • Wipe Knife – If you see that your have build up on your knife, wipe the knife with a paper towel to continue with clean cuts.
  • Hot Water – Another tip is to run the knife under hot water. Just make sure to wipe it off so that it is completely cool before cutting.
Christmas Brownies cut into squares

Frequently Asked Questions:

How to Store Leftovers:

Refrigerate the leftover brownies in an airtight container for up to 5 days.  The brownies can be kept 1 or 2 days at room temperature.

Can You Freeze?

Christmas Brownies can be prepared ahead of time and placed in the freezer. After preparing brownies and cooling to room temperature, place in a freezer safe container. We recommend placing a piece of wax paper between the layers to prevent the brownies from sticking. If brownies are stored properly, they will stay good for about 6 months. When ready to enjoy again, make sure to allow the brownies to thaw at room temperature.

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Christmas Brownies

5 from 2 votes
Take your brownie mix to the next level with these Christmas Cream Cheese Brownies. The red and green swirls makes these brownies so festive.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 9
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Calories 421

Ingredients

For the Brownies:

  • 1 box Fudge Brownie Mix
  • Ingredients to prepare the Brownies

For the Cream Cheese Topping:

  • 8 ounces Cream Cheese room temperature
  • 1/4 cup Powdered Sugar
  • 1 Large Eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • Red & Green Food Coloring

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Prepare the brownies mix based on the package instructions and pour into an 9X9 baking dish sprayed with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Beat together the cream cheese, powdered sugar, egg and vanilla extract in a mixing bowl with a hand held mixer.  Blend until smooth.
  • Divide the cream cheese mixture evenly into 3 bowls.
  • Dye 1 bowl red, 1 bowl green and then leave the other bowl white.
  • Then spoon each of the cream cheese mixtures on top of the brownie batters in stripes alternating between the colors.
  • Use a skewer or knife to gently swirl the colors together.  Be careful not to over swirl.
  • Bake for 45-50 minutes until the brownies are set.
  • Remove and let the brownies cool completely at room temperature.
  • They are ready to slice, serve and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Refrigerate the leftover brownies in an airtight container for up to 5 days. 

Nutrition Facts

Calories 421kcal, Carbohydrates 49g, Protein 6g, Fat 23g, Saturated Fat 7g, Polyunsaturated Fat 3g, Monounsaturated Fat 10g, Trans Fat 0.03g, Cholesterol 62mg, Sodium 259mg, Potassium 47mg, Sugar 32g, Vitamin A 391IU, Calcium 30mg, Iron 2mg

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