Black and White Brownie Bars

Black and White Brownie Bars – The  crème de la crème of brownie bars. These brownies have a moist  fudgey inside and a chewy outside, add the silky cream cheese layer and you will be reaching for your eating pants.

Black and White Brownies

Strange as it may sound, I don’t usually eat too many of my sweets once finished. After tasting the batter along the way, nibbling a corner as it comes out of the oven and then a second nibble once cooled—I pretty much have my fill of it. But with these, the chocolate and cream cheese pairing intoxicates me and my OCD inclination to finish what I start surfaces. So as usual from oven to mouth, I was third of the way through the pan when my three-year-old reminded me we don’t have sweets before dinner—Yep, thanks, Buzz Killington. 

These are so easy and so good; it may just become your go-to brownie recipe. 

A few notes:
• These are terrifically easy to make. I generally use a scale for most baking to measure everything out, but this recipe is pretty forgiving so you can bypass the scale on this one.
• The lattice top is accomplished by placing 1 cup of batter in a pastry bag and piping it onto the cream cheese topping with a #3 tip.
•  I made these just the other day and piped a shamrock for every cut square instead of the lattice and it turned out super. If you choose to do a motif, don’t forget the batter will expand on top of the cream cheese while in the oven.
•  My secret to making this one of the best brownies: Scharffenberger’s Cocoa Powder. It packs a nice mellow chocolatey flavor without overwhelming the cream cheese and the texture of the brownie.
•  If you forget to soften your butter, melt the stick ¾ of the way through in the microwave. Oddly, this doesn’t seem to affect the recipe.

The recipe is from Martha Stewart’s 2009 Holiday Magazine. You can find it here:


  1. says

    I normally don’t eat the things I bake either. I think the process of making them makes me feel like a already ate a ton of ’em so i end up avoiding them until maybe the end of the week when cravings come back. Although I could possibly eat all of that in the picture. Funnily enough, the blokes i live with can’t imagine brownies with cream cheese. I think they’re so yummy though. And these are lots prettier than mine! 😀
    .-= diva´s last blog ..Guinness Beef Stew with Bitter Chocolate =-.


  2. says

    Those look awesome. When I first saw them I assumed that the white was white chocolate. Boy am I pleasantly pleased to see it is cream cheese!! I am going to have to give these a try. I love the clean look.
    .-= Monica Cooper´s last blog ..Cake Catch-up =-.


  3. says

    These look awesome! Love the idea of making the criss-cross pattern. I am getting married in August, our colors are black and white and a lot of the decorations have a criss-cross pattern. I think these may need to be a late night snack for the wedding guests!! Can’t wait to try them!
    .-= Krista´s last blog ..Chocolate Banana Nut Muffins =-.


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  5. says

    Oh my goodness those look amazing!!! super yummy!! Can’t wait to try them! I had featured u in the post of Do You Want Seven Alluring Brownies Recipes for Fathers on AllFreshRecipes, Except ur newly delish Eats!


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