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Marbled Brownies

These Marbled Brownies use a convenient boxed mix and an easy to prepare cheesecake batter to create a cheery holiday dessert.

Red and green are beginning to show up everywhere, aren’t they? From the store shelves, to holiday decorations, to table settings, and even in desserts those lively colors are proclaiming the arrival of the holiday season!

Brownies and M&Ms candies on a silver tray.

If you’re looking for a beautiful (and delicious!) recipe for a holiday party or just a tasty ending for tonight’s dinner, I have a fantastic recipe for you.

For these Marbled Brownies, you’ll use a convenient boxed brownie mix, swirled with an easy to make cheesecake batter, and topped with M&Ms® Brand Chocolate Candies.

This recipe comes from the Bright Ideas web site where you’ll find lots of holiday recipe and crafting help. I saw a recipe for Deck the Halls Biscotti over there that’s next on my to-do list.

How to Make Marbled Brownies

To start, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9×13-inch baking pan with parchment and set it aside for now.

In a mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese with the sugar. Add the egg, milk and vanilla extract. Set the mixture aside.

1st brownie layer in a prepared pan

 

Prepare the brownie mix according to the package directions. Spoon 2/3 of the brownie batter into the prepared baking pan.

Cheesecake layer being poured into the pan.

 

Next, spoon or pour the reserved cream cheese mixture over the brownie batter.

2nd brownie layer being poured over cheesecake layer.

 

Finally, pour the remaining brownie batter over the cream cheese mixture. Swirl the tip of a knife through the batter to make a marbled effect.

M&M candies added to top of batter.

 

Press M&M’S® Brand Chocolate Candies into the batter. Bake for 45-50 minutes until slightly moist in the center. Cool completely before cutting into 1½-inch squares.

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Brownies and M&Ms candies on a silver tray.

Marbled Brownies

These marbled brownies use a convenient boxed mix and an easy to prepare cheesecake batter to create a cheery holiday dessert.
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Course: Desserts
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 24 brownies
Calories: 172kcal
Author: Lana Stuart

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces reduced fat cream cheese
  • cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 18.3 ounces packaged brownie mix choose directions for the cake-style brownies
  • 1 cup M&M’S® Brand Chocolate Candies

Instructions

  • In a mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese with the sugar. Add the egg, milk and vanilla extract. Set aside.
  • Prepare the brownie mix according to the package directions.
  • Spoon 2/3 of the brownie batter into a parchment-lined 9 x 13-inch baking pan.
  • Spoon the reserved cream cheese mixture over the brownie batter.
  • Now scrape the remaining brownie batter over the cream cheese mixture.
  • Swirl the tip of a knife through the batter to make a marbled effect.
  • Press M&M’S® Brand Chocolate Candies into the batter.
  • Bake for 45-50 minutes in a preheated, 350 degree oven until slightly moist in the center. Cool completely before cutting into squares.

Notes

Nutrition Information

Serving 1 | Calories 172kcal | Carbohydrates 26g | Protein 2g | Fat 6g | Saturated Fat 3g | Trans Fat 1g | Cholesterol 13mg | Sodium 117mg | Potassium 28mg | Fiber 1g | Sugar 20g | Vitamin A 84IU | Vitamin C 1mg | Calcium 27mg | Iron 1mg

Nutrition information is calculated by software based on the ingredients in each recipe. It is an estimate only and is provided for informational purposes. You should consult your healthcare provider or a registered dietitian if precise nutrition calculations are needed for health reasons.

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6 Comments

  1. That’s the best combination of the day!! Any opportunity for M&M’s is a happy occasion around my house.

    Miss P

    1. Lana Stuart says:

      M&Ms make everybody happy, don’t they?

  2. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles says:

    Brownies + cream cheese + M&M’s = YUM! What a fun treat!!

    1. Lana Stuart says:

      Absolutely, Brenda! And such an easy recipe, too.

  3. I love baking with M&M’S too. These brownies look too good!

    1. Lana Stuart says:

      Those pretty M&Ms just scream holiday, don’t they!?