Scandalous Fudgy Toffee Cheesecake Swirl Brownies

Food, Random, Tasty Tuesday / Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

Scandalous Fudgy Toffee Cheesecake Swirl Brownies

Scandalous Fudgy Toffee Cheesecake Swirl Brownies

{a.k.a Better than Better than You know What Brownies}

First the recipe: (Because that’s all that matters), then the story.


~ Brownies

1 Box Ghirardelli Chocolate Supreme Brownie Mix (Or other brownie mix/recipe of your choice as long as it has syrup or fudge)

1 pkg Heath Milk Chocolate Toffee Bits

1 pkg Dark Chocolate Chunks

~ Filling

1 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk

1 8 oz pkg cream cheese, cold

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 egg, room temperature

2 TB Flour


1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Grease 13x9inch baking pan.

2. Prepare filling: In a medium bowl (or your mixer bowl), beat cream cheese with sweetened condensed milk and vanilla extract until smooth. Add egg and flour and beat well. Set aside.

3. Prepare brownies by following the box directions or your own recipe. {Note: I used melted butter instead of vegetable oil.}

4. Stir in half of the toffee bits and half of the chocolate chunks into the brownie batter.

5. Scoop half or so of the brownie batter into the greased pan and spread it so it covers the pan evenly.

6. Evenly pour the prepared cream cheese filling over the brownie batter.

7. Use a large scooper or big spoon to drop the reserved brownie batter over the cream cheese filling.

8. Use a small knife or fork and gently create swirls between the brownie mixture and cream cheese filling. You don’t need to mix it, just make swirls on the surface level.

9. Sprinkle the rest of the toffee bits and chocolate chunks over the top.

10. Bake 40 to 45 minutes, or until you put a toothpick (or fork in my case) in the middle and it comes out ‘clean’ – meaning the batter is baked all the way through.

11. Cool on an oven rack for about 10 minutes or so, and then transfer to the fridge since it has the cream cheese in it. I left mine in the fridge about 3 or 4 hours before we devoured it but you could probably eat it sooner or even the next day. The longer it’s in the fridge, the more ‘set’ it will get.

{Optional: I think the only thing that might make this even better than it already is would be toasted walnuts or pecans. And maybe caramel drizzled over the top…}

The story:

I’ve wanted to make some sort of fantastical dessert for a while but wasn’t sure what yet. All I knew is that it would involve chocolate. Motivation hit me when my husband came home raving about some dessert his co-worker’s wife had made and everyone was raving about it. The name peaked my attention as he whispered it into my ear – “Better than S. E. X. Cake”. Hmmmm, thought I – is that possible? (blush). Ok so the challenge was on – could I make a Better Than Better Than S. E. X. dessert? I went to the store with a recollection of the vague retelling of the ingredients my husband mentioned – heath toffee bits, sweetened condensed milk…that was it. So I got those and then saw the dark chocolate chunks and figured maybe I could make something with those too.

So Monday morning I told my daughter I was going to make some sort of dessert for Memorial Day. I started looking up the recipe for the “BTS” cake but quickly had to stop when she decided to see what I was doing. “Mama, what does B.T.S. mean” Uh…umm…nothing, nevermind. That wasn’t how I planned on telling her about all that. 😉 Not yet anyway. {Actually, maybe I should do that….} ok back to the story.

So she went to the pantry and brought out the Ghiradelli brownie mix box, the toffee bits and the dark chocolate chunks and said we should make something with those.

I remembered we had some cream cheese I wanted to use and the sweetened condensed milk. I looked around for recipes with this ingredients and found these two: Cream Cheese Swirl Brownies with Heath Bars and Pecans and Cream Cheese Brownies.

Inspired, I took a little bit of this and that from each recipe and voila; a new creation – Scandalous Fudgy Toffee Cheesecake Swirl Brownies.

Oh yeahhhhhhh!

Warning : These are not for the faint hearted. Only chocolate addicts will fully appreciate the amazingness of this recipe. If you are trying to avoid sugar and eat ‘healthier’ pretend like you’re not and make these, eat them, and enjoy every.single.scandalously-luscious.bite. Or, you could just look at this picture and drool over it whilst eating carrot sticks…and home-made hummus.

Scandalous Fudgy Toffee Cheesecake Swirl Brownies Wallpaper

10 Replies to “Scandalous Fudgy Toffee Cheesecake Swirl Brownies”

  1. LOVE THE PICTURES!! Ryan didn’t believe you actually took them, until I pointed out the little “Erika Marie” watermark.

    And I want to eat these….NOW. I can’t wait a month. Can’t can’t can’t…..

    1. THANK YOU SARAH!!! I can’t believe I took those either! I’m pretty pleased. 😉 Of course, Lightroom (and Steve) helped enhance them a little. I almost didn’t put the watermark but then though, eh, why not – it’s my little piece of artwork and I’m always getting on the kids to make sure to always add their signature to their work.
      I guess I could make some for motherhood one day…
      Or, I could offer you a dinner/dessert deal like with Michelle – you make dinner and I’ll provide this. 😉

  2. I wasn’t looking for recipes — I actually was looking at your “getting your child ready for reconciliation” post on, and decided to check out your site. Well, one thing led to another. As much as I like carrot sticks and homemade hummus, I am not faint hearted and I am a chocolate addict so I must make these tomorrow. I am sure I will fully appreciate their amazingness. Now I know what to do with that bag of Heath bits! I enjoyed the story behind this recipe too — and now I understand why you called them scandalous! ha ha. I hate it when the kids start to read and you have to watch what you’re doing, no matter how innocent … (Ok, I don’t hate it when they start to read, just hate that they can now read what I don’t want them to, especially in check-out lines.) This reminds me of how we had a recipe in our church cook book called “Better than Robert Redford.” Of course, I’m old enough to remember him as a young hunk, almost. (OK, I’m not quite that old, but I like old movies.) I guess you can at least say “Better than Robert Redford” around innocent little ears, and it’s so easy to answer their questions about that!

    1. Welcome, Monica! Thank you for your delicious comment, it was almost as good as enjoying these scandalous brownies! 😉
      That’s funny about Robert Redford. I wonder who it would be now? Tom Cruise? Or is he too old now?
      Let me know how the brownies turn out. It’s been a while since I’ve made them, now I want to!

      1. Tom Cruise might be too old or might not, but he’s never been as good as Robert Redford. And certainly not as good as these brownies! I had to wait a few days to make them, because (gasp!) we had run out of sugar. (Something that almost never happens here.) Great, scrumptious brownies! You should make it again!

        I took an informal poll (my daughter and her friend) and they couldn’t agree on who would be the modern Robert Redford. Maybe the guy who plays Captain America, or the guy who plays Thorin in the Hobbit, or some guy they didn’t know in “Divergent.” I don’t know, most of the movies I see are either animated Disney movies or Marvel Comics/Lord of the Rings type movies, because that’s what my kids see! (I guess my vote would be for Robert Downey Jr., aka Iron Man, but don’t tell my hubby that.)

        1. Whoops, I spoke too soon! My 14-yo son just said about these brownies, “Mom, these are Heaven! They are literally Heaven on Earth!” That is high praise indeed. Maybe we should rethink the name!

          1. Heaven on earth does have a nicer sounding ring to it!
            Oh yes, Chris Evans is quite the favorite right now. I like a few Robert Downey movies, especially the Sherlock Holmes ones.
            Now I’m really going to have to make these again! Thank you so much for your review and I’m glad everyone enjoyed them!

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