Christmas Tie Dyed Cheesecake Brownies


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Aren’t these brownies gorgeous? They taste even better! The best thing about these little beauties though, is how easy they are to whip up. You can start with homemade brownie batter but I just use a boxed mix, then mix up the cream cheese batter and you’re good to go! These add a fun touch to a school party, office get together, or a great hostess gift during the holidays. They’re just so stinking pretty that you gotta love ’em!

To make these you’ll need: A box of brownie mix (and the ingredients called for on the box to make them), one egg, a little sugar, some clear vanilla*, and a brick of cream cheese that has been softened at room temp.

You’re also going to need some gel food coloring* to give the brownies their festive red and green swirls.

*Clear vanilla can be found at the grocery store, just hunt through the flavorings section. It can also be found in the cake decorating section at Wal Mart, Hobby Lobby, and Michaels *Gel food colorings are a must to have the vibrant colors pictured here. I get mine at Michael’s or Hobby Lobby, also in the cake decorating section. They are a little over $1 each.

Mix up your brownie batter according to package directions and spread into a greased 9×13 pan.

Set aside while you make the cream cheese mixture.

In a mixing bowl, place your egg, cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla.

Note: You can substitute Splenda for the sugar here if you want. Some would argue that there is still sugar in the brownie batter which is, of course true, but just because you can’t bail out the whole boat doesn’t mean there isn’t some good in using your bucket to get what you can.

Beat the living mess out of it until it is smooth and creamy.

Take 2/3 of the cheesecake mixture and divide it into two bowls, leaving the rest in the mixing bowl until you need it.

Y’all just eyeball this because it’s not like a life is hanging in the balance if we don’t get exactly 1/3 of the batter in each bowl.

This is cooking, not rocket science – and believe me, having been born and raised in Huntsville, Alabama, I know rocket science when I see it.

Using your gel colors (because those give us the vibrant colors we want), tint one bowl of cheesecake mixture green and the other red.

Like this :)

Now drop spoonful dollops of this all over your batter.

And swirl it with a butter knife. I just kind of start drawing “S”‘s into the batter until I like how it looks.

Bake this at 350 for about 30 minutes, or until set in the center.

Allow to cool completely and then cut into bars.

If you’d like to make individual brownies in muffin papers, here is how you do that…

Divide your batter evenly into a muffin tin lined with papers. Dollop a small spoon of each color on top of the batter.

Swirl that with a knife until you like how it looks.

Bake at 350 for about 25 minutes, or until set in the center.

UPDATE: I’ve had a lot of interest and questions about the square muffin tin pictured here. I got this at WalMart for around $10.00 and I like it so much that I now have two of them. For the cupcake liners, I just use regular round ones. Once you put your batter in them they perfectly conform to the shape of the tin and become little squares :)

Look how pretty!

I’m heading to catch the first of three flights which will eventually land me in the Dominican Republic where I’ll be taking part in handing out the 100 Millionth Shoebox with Operation Christmas Child! I’ll be sharing details from my trip with you this week on a special post that I hope to update at the end of each day. Click here to visit that post and be sure you check in each morning to keep up with my updates!

Christmas Tye Dyed Cheesecake Brownies
  • One box Brownie mix, and ingredients required on package
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, well softened and at room temp
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ½ teaspoon clear vanilla*
  • red and green gel food coloring*
  1. Prepare brownie mix according to package directions. Spread batter into greased 9x13 pan.
  2. In large bowl, combine softened cream cheese, egg, vanilla, and sugar. Mix until smooth and creamy with electric mixer.
  3. Divide cream cheese mixture into three bowls. Tint one bowl red, one green, and leave one white.
  4. Using a spoon, put dollops of each color all over top of brownies (see post for photos). Take a butter knife and gently swirl icing until blended and looking like tie dye.
  5. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes, or until set in the center. Allow to cool completely before cutting into bars.
Can also do this in muffin papers to make individual brownies. Just put a dollop of each color cheese cake mixture on top of brownie batter in each muffin cup. Bake approximately 20- 25 minutes, or until set in center.
*See post for notes on where to find these ingredients

Butterflies don’t know the color of their own wings,

but human eyes can see how beautiful they are.

Likewise, you don’t know how special you are, but others can see the good in you.

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  1. Barbara says

    Pillsbury makes a sugar free brownie mix. So, you could actually make a totally sugarfree version of this for those people you love who need a sugarfree dessert. Good luck on your trip. Our prayers are with you and the people there.

  2. dragongirl says

    What a gorgeous, artistic idea Christy! You’ve been creatively thinkin this year.
    (although, artistically speaking that technique is called marbleized – don’t want your kids to to call them the wrong thing) You’re sure going to have a merry and BRIGHT colored Christmas this year…teehee
    @ Gayle – there is a “print recipe” link just below the recipe. Click on that and you can print from there or copy and paste it to notepad, word or whatever.
    Happy Holidays Everyone!! Merry Christmas!!

  3. elaine raye says

    Those are just terrific. I am going to have my grandaughter help me with these during our annual Christmas cookie making session. She will be so impressed with something new this year and I am already thinking other holiday color combos.

  4. Maria says

    I have 2 questions as this is on my list to make this year!!
    1)The 9×13 pan,Is it the little square pan or is it the long rectangular pan ??
    2)Can we use regular vanilla extract,if we can’t find the clear version??I can’t seem to find it anywhere,And I so want to try this recipe….

  5. Nite says

    I made these today, in a square muffin pan. They are really pretty and I used supreme dark cho. brownie mix with hershey’s syrup added into the brownie mix. They were oooey gooey good!

  6. Marsi says

    Pretty sure the clear vanilla is a requirement. I just made some with the gel colors but used the regular vanilla and they are a very pretty pastel pink and green! LOL! Off to Wally world I go!

  7. Winnie Mom says

    Made these last night for Christmas party at work today. Did the individual ones and they turned out really good. Since the topping is cheesecake I think next time I will double the recipe for the topping so the cheesecake is thicker. Used the gel coloring and it takes more of the red to be red than the green to be green.
    Do need the clear vanilla to keep the white portion white. Very good and very pretty. Had a few left so will use tonight for a small after dinner party. May you have a Christmas that is as bright as my brownies. Enjoy your recipes!!

  8. Carla says

    How many square cupcakes did this make? I’ve bought the pan, the liners and the ingredients to make these for my husbands christmas party at work but I need to know if I make one box or two? Thanks!

  9. Krystal says

    I made these with ghiradelli triple chocolate brownie mix…Im not sure why but I have had to bake them for over an hour and a half and they are still not done in the middle! I tried an end piece that was absolutely amazing so I hope someone can help with why they arent cooking through :/

  10. Carla says

    I made mine in the same square bar pan as in the picture and I had to cook mine for around 33 minutes. Otherwise they were still liquid in the middle. I know brownies don’t “look” done when they are, but since you can’t actually see the brownie, it’s kind of tricky. Even so, mine were done but still gooey on the top right under the cheesecake. I guess it might have to do with that, especially if you are cooking in one big pan.

  11. Doug says

    I love all your descriptions like “beat the living mess out of this”!!! Mine are in the oven for Christmas tomorrow, and so far my only comment is that the gel icing only made my mixtures pink and mint green, so I added a LOT of food coloring…..we’ll see!

  12. Mona G. says

    What a great idea for the brownies…..especially for Christmas…so colorful….
    Will be making these :)

    Just have a quick question…will you be sending us an email every day so we can enter this contest ? I missed out on the other one, only got to enter once,never was able to find your blog that allowed me to enter !!!!!

  13. Ashanti Hoskins says

    These are simply pretty. I am going to make these this Christmas!! We always have birthday party for Jesus on Christmas Eve ! So my little ones, husband and I will have a fun making these!!

  14. Linda Stevens says

    Christy, I made these Cheesecake Brownies for my husband to take to work and they were a hit! One coworker even made the comment that I needed to make them every day until Christmas! And I got several compliments on how pretty they were, too. Thanks so much for the recipe!

  15. Virginia LaBore says

    ok Christy, I made the candy cane cookies!!! I thought I may have made them many years ago. As Soon as I started putting them together—I remembered! I said I wouldn’t do that again. They’re delicious but I am not the artsy- -artsy kind’ve person!!! Now I tell my family that they can have one if they can tell me what they are!! I also made the bon bons and they re delicious. I got 96 out oF one recipe. Good thing they ARE disappearing fast. FYI I’m 73, married 55 yrs, 9 children,(one lives in heaven, died of leukemia at 16) 20grandchldren and 4 1/2 great grandchildren. I have made MANY cookies thru t he years. MERRY CHRISTAS AND A BLESSED NEW YEAR

  16. Rene says

    I made these this week with red/pink and white swirls on top. I lined the pan with foil and then lifted them out to cut them with heart shaped cookie cutters. They were a hit for a Valentine’s Day treat!

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