Marble Cheesecake Brownies

Marble Cheesecake Brownies

A close up of a cheesecake brownieI saw Paul McCartney on Saturday. At the movies. Sir Paul McCartney to you (and me). He was with Stella and her kids. He’s thin as a rail, and had gray hair, was wearing a hat. I giggled like a schoolgirl. I tried to take a picture with my iPhone. Of him walking away (clearly). It was the blurriest iPhone picture any grown human person has ever taken in the history of the iPhone world.

So I have no proof.

He did not see me. If he had seen me and my moneysaving self, I’m pretty sure he has x-ray vision and would have seen right through me to the other side of me if there had been something important there. The rich (and the knighted) are just different. And that’s a fact.

3 marble cheesecake brownies on black surface

I wonder if Sir Paul is Gluten-Free-Curious (what? remember Gwyneth). I bet Stella and Gwynnie are thick as thieves, too. And that they pretend to bake gluten-free together and then just eat the made-for-TV GF food that other people make for them and hide on the made-for-TV shelves underneath the countertops in their made-for-TV kitchens. In London.

But you and I both know that there’s just no way they’d eat brownies. At least not while anyone else was looking.

Now I’m sad.

Brownie batter being poured into pan

These are not your average cheesecake brownies. I just want that settled straight away up front and center. The cheesecake portion is mixed into the brownie portion, but loosely. So that it is still swirled a little bit, but the brownie part is kind of, well, cheesecake flavored.

brownie batter in a pan

And then the brownies are not overwhelming and are even smoother than you’ve ever known brownies to be.

A close up of a marble Brownie batter

To make sure they’re nicely swirled, and to lend a certain something extra, a bit of melted white chocolate is dolloped on top, and then swirled with a butter knife. It’s pretty. Don’t you think?

A close up of brownie batter with chocolate chips

Sprinkle a few mini chips on top, and bake low and slow (325 degrees F for about 30 minutes, give or take). There’s a little bit of bowl accumulation involved in making these brownies, but they’re not at all complicated. I bet even Stella would share one with Paul (and the kids). Everything in moderation, Sir.

Gluten-free Marble Cheesecake Brownies
Recipe Type: Dessert
Author: Nicole @ Gluten-Free on a Shoestring.com
Prep time: 15 mins
Cook time: 30 mins
Total time: 45 mins
Serves: 16
Gluten-free cheesecake brownies with marbled white chocolate
  • 10 tablespoons (88g) high-quality all-purpose gluten-free flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon xanthan gum (omit if your blend already contains it)
  • 1/3 cup (27g) Dutch-processed cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup (200g) sugar
  • 8 tablespoons (112g) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 1 extra-large egg + 1 extra-large egg yolk, beaten, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup (100g) sugar
  • 1 extra-large egg, beaten, at room temperature
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3 ounces white chocolate, chopped
  • 3 ounces mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
  1. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees F. Grease and line a 9-inch square baking pan, and line it with one sheet of unbleached parchment paper that overhangs two opposite sides of the pan. Grease the parchment paper and line with another sheet of parchment paper that overhangs the other two sides of the pan. Set the pan aside.
  2. In a large bowl, place the flour, xanthan gum, cocoa powder, baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt and 1 cup sugar, and whisk to combine well. Add the butter, 1 egg + egg yolk, and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Mix to combine. Scrape the brownie mixture into the prepared pan and smooth with a wet spatula. Set the pan aside.
  3. In the original large bowl, place the cream cheese, 1/2 cup sugar, remaining egg, 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract. Mix until smooth. Pour the cream cheese mixture on top of the brownie layer in the pan. Mix gently until mostly combined, with a few pale streaks remaining. Shake into an even layer in the pan.
  4. Place the white chocolate in a small, microwave-safe bowl, and microwave for 45 seconds at 60% power. Mix, and then microwave again for 45 seconds at 60% power. Mix until the chocolate is melted and smooth. Place the melted white chocolate on top of the batter in dollops, and swirl gently with a butter knife. Sprinkle the mini chocolate chips evenly on top of the batter.
  5. Place the baking pan in the center of the preheated oven and bake, rotating once during baking, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out mostly clean (about 30 minutes). It is better to underbake than to overbake.
  6. Remove from the oven and allow to cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Place the pan in the freezer for 15 minutes or until firm. Remove the brownies from pan with the overhung parchment paper. Slice with a sharp, clean and wet knife into 16 pieces.


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  • Emma
    September 2, 2012 at 9:42 PM

    I made these brownies for a family gathering, and everyone raved about them! No one could believe they were gluten free, in fact they didn’t believe me when I told them they were.

    I also tried the no-bake brownies last week but subbed out the chocolate cookie crumbs for peanut butter and they were very yummy as well. Thanks for the (no) baking inspiration and recipes!

  • Jennifer
    August 30, 2012 at 1:27 AM

    Oh my goodness, Taylre might be on to something. I’d be ALL over a brownie-in-a-mug recipe, maybe a little too well… :)

    Nicole, the one thing I’ve missed the most being GF is good brownies and cream cheese marble brownies were my absolute favorite. I’m SO glad you came up with this! My problem now is that they used to be my favorite, thanks to (like Taylre) the wonderful ways you find to fatten me up! Ok, I lie, it’s all under control, but goodness, it’s not for lack of a good effort on your part! :). Thanks for all you do!

  • Taylre
    August 22, 2012 at 5:42 PM

    These look epic!!! O.O I must eat.

    I am patiently waiting for a brownie in a mug recipe. You are already making me fat, but if you could just give me a recipe for a single serving brownie in a mug you might finish the job. :P

    • August 23, 2012 at 1:43 PM

      Really, Taylre? I’ll put it on the list, then. :)
      xoxo Nicole

  • Peggy
    August 20, 2012 at 4:20 PM

    Chocolate and cream cheese are right up there with chocolate and peanutbutter! These look soooooo good!

    BTW, Nicole, I got a notice from Amazon that your new cookbook will not be available until November. I was a bit bummed but realized that I have access to the real deal on a daily basis via the internet so a few more weeks of waiting for your next cookbook is doable. lol

    • August 20, 2012 at 4:28 PM

      I know, Peggy! I’m so sorry about that. Believe me, it was absolutely not my first choice. My publisher needed those couple extra weeks. I promise it’ll be worth the wait – and the release date is Oct. 16, which means that is the day it ships from the publisher to bookstores (and amazon). If you order from amazon, you should have it before November. :)
      xoxo Nicole

      • Anonymous
        August 20, 2012 at 8:51 PM

        I have it on order from Amazon so I’ll get it as soon as they can ship it once they get it from the publisher. No worries! I’m just glad they notified me there may be a delay! I think they wanted to be sure to give themselves a bit of a cushion…just in case. :-)

  • Sara
    August 20, 2012 at 12:15 PM

    I would be more excited to see our celebrated GF heroine Nicole out and about than Sir Paul any day. xx

    • August 20, 2012 at 12:31 PM

      Aw, Sara, shucks! You say that now, but perhaps you have forgotten that he has heaps of money. ;) For the record, I’d like to see you out and about, too!
      xoxo Nicole

    • Peggy
      August 20, 2012 at 4:16 PM

      I agree, Sara. I enjoy watching Sr Paul make music but our own GF heroine Nicole brings so much more to the table!!!

      • August 20, 2012 at 4:26 PM


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