Tie Dyed Cheesecake Brownies

Tie Dyed Cheesecake Brownies

I first started making Tie Dyed Cheesecake brownies when my son was in elementary school, over ten years ago. With just a few gel food colors, I could always impress him with brownies to match any occasion! Over the years I’ve made them in Minecraft colors, Dr Who colors (it is possible), and more. Today I’m showing you a beautiful blue color combination that is perfect for Frozen fans, any winter gathering, or even Hanukkah! 

These super impressive brownies are easy as can be to make, too. You’ll be just as impressed as the folks who get to eat them! Tie Dyed Cheesecake Brownies Ingredients

To make Tie Dyed Cheesecake Brownies, you’ll need brownie mix* and ingredients to make them according to the package, two shades of gel food coloring**, vanilla, egg, cream cheese (check out our easy recipe for homemade cream cheese here), and sugar. 

*You can absolutely make these homemade. However, this brownie mix is amazing and I’ve been using it for years now. This is in no way sponsored, I don’t do any work with this brand, but I’m passing this on because y’all need to know! I’m known for my brownies – and this is how I usually make them! Why is this mix so good? 1. It tastes homemade. 2. It’s very fudgy, not dry at all, and the perfect fudge density for a brownie in my opinion. Whenever I make it, folks tell me they’re the best brownies they’ve ever had and I get asked for the recipe!

**You can use regular food coloring in this but gel food coloring is much prettier and will lend more vibrant colors without adding much at all. You can get gel food coloring at Walmart, craft stores, etc. The Wilton brand food coloring is gel as well so if that is what you find first it’s just fine. 

Tie Dyed Cheesecake Brownies Batter in pan

Prepare brownie mix according to the package and place in a greased or parchment lined 8×8 baking dish. 

Mixing Cream Cheese for Tie Dyed Cheesecake BrowniesPlace room temp cream cheese, sugar, egg, and vanilla in a medium mixing bowl and beat until smooth and well mixed. 

Coloring Cream Cheese for Tie Dyed Cheesecake Brownies

Divide Cream cheese mixture into three parts. Leave one undyed and stir in each of the blue shades into one bowl until blended. 

Dolloping Cream Cheese on Tie Dyed Cheesecake Brownies

Place dollops of cream cheese all over the top of your brownies.

Tie Dyed Cheesecake Brownies all swirled up!

Gently swirl with a butterknife, being careful to just swirl but not stir so much that you blend. It should look about like this. 

Tie Dyed Cheesecake Brownies

Let them cool a bit before cutting and then admire your beautiful cheesecake brownies, that are as pretty as they are yummy! 

Fudgey Tie Dyed Cheesecake Brownies

See why I brag on this mix so much? Seriously, it’s perfect. 

Beautiful Tie Dyed Cheesecake Brownies

Look at all those beautiful details! Now eat ’em up! 

Tie Dyed Cheesecake Brownies

Cheesecake Brownies
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: brownies, cheesecake
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 381kcal


  • One box Ghiradelli Brownie mix and ingredients required on package
  • 8 ounces cream cheese well softened and at room temp
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla*
  • two shades of blue gel food coloring*


  • Prepare brownie mix according to package directions. Spread batter into greased or parchment lined 8x8 pan.
  • In large bowl, combine softened cream cheese, egg, vanilla, and sugar. Mix until smooth and creamy with electric mixer.
  • Divide cream cheese mixture into three bowls. Tint two of the bowls the different shades of blue (one shade per bowl) and leave one white.
  • 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.
  • 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


      Calories: 381kcal
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          1. Who doesn’t love Frozen! My granddaughter’s can’t wait to see the new one and I know the girls are going to want to make them. Thanks

        1. 5 stars
          Will it upset the cooking time if I add a half recipe (12oz) or double (16oz) the cream cheese recipe? (& and obviously the other ingredients for the Cheesecake portion)

      1. 5 stars
        LOVE cheesecake brownies & these are a step beyond & so pretty. Very versatile — color to whatever suits the Occasion!

        1. I haven’t tried this brand before. I love brownies so I will be trying this brand in the near future. Love the tye dye colors!

      2. 4 stars
        These look beautiful and sound delicious. We all like cheesecake in everything. My 9 year old granddaughter loves to help cook and she will be excited about these. I think we’ll make them this weekend (after the pumpkin pie is gone). Thanks and have an exciting Black Friday.

      3. 4 stars
        These are gorgeous! We loved your Symphony brownies and now you’re sharing what looks like another winner. I’m wondering, do you think the colors would stay distinct if I used pink and teal? Or would they mix too much? Thinking about making them for my daughter’s birthday. Thanks so much. 🙂

        1. Hey Chrissy!! Oh that sounds wonderful! As long as you use gel food coloring I think it would be great. When you start swirling you’ll see it’s really easy to control it and a little blend just adds to the cool factor. I hope you have a wonderful day today! thanks for stopping by!

            1. Well now , i would have to say i have never heard or seen tie dye brownies before, but i’m going to say i think they look cute and the name sounds cute , and now i’m going to gain 20 pounds , cause i ‘ve just got to try and make thease.Thank you so much Christy and i will say u have done it again girl , just love your recipes.

              1. THANK YOU for this recipe! These are beautiful and I love the taste of cream cheese! This is only brownie mix daughter will use so she and I will have make them!, I’m also sharing the recipe with a former student. Darren is in the 5th grade and loves to bake desserts!

          1. Looking forward to trying these. Brownies r my family’s “go to” dessert. Thanks for share. Colors make them “painterly”.

            1. This is my favorite brand! I stock up when they have them BOGO 🙂

              I’ll make some of these fancy brownies next time!

          1. My grandkids love brownies. I will try this but change the colors to red and green. Thanks for the ideal!!☺

        2. These are so cool! I can’t wait to try the “swirl”! I’m loving that you have confirmed what I thought- this mix is definitely the best!

        3. 5 stars
          I used to make cream cheese brownies and this takes me back! The dye is lovely – what a great idea! I can’t wait to get to the store to get and try the Ghiradelli mix! Except I am not going today. (The Christmas crowds are scaring me a little bit this year. All the stores are crazzzzy!)
          Thank you for everything you do!

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