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Hot Fudge Cream Cheese Brownies

These Hot Fudge Cream Cheese Brownies are loaded with everything a chocolate lover could want! Made with chocolate cake mix, toffee, peanut butter, chocolate chips and more, this dessert bar recipe is a real treat!

A hot fudge cream cheese bar on a napkin

Hello people.

Today I traveled across the country.

Isn’t modern science amazing?

I woke up in New Jersey and I am currently sitting on a rather comfortable couch in the home of my friend Kristan.  Who lives in Arkansas.

So yeah, across the country in a few mere hours.

Kristan lives in a super small town that grown up airplanes refuse to fly to…so I basically had to ride in a toy plane to get here.  I literally had to duck when I got on the airplane.  I am 5’2″.

Small planes are much more scary than big planes.  One strong gust of wind and your complimentary airline beverage is all over your lap.

Speaking of that, why do people drink random drinks that they would never normally drink in their real lives on airplanes?  Like tomato juice…3 people around me on the toy plane ordered tomato juice, straight up…no vodka or anything.

I mean, we are on an itty-bitty plane that could be knocked out of the sky at any second and people choose tomato juice as their potential last beverage. Or Cranberry juice.  Or Ginger Ale.

Why are some beverages airplane exclusive?

So yeah, I traveled today.

But before I left I made treats. With hot fudge sauce. And cream cheese. And chocolate chips. And peanut butter. AND toffee…

You love me right?
Hot Fudge Cream Cheese Brownies for the win.

These Brownies Start With Cake Mix:

It all starts with a cake mix.   Add some crushed graham crackers and peanut butter.

Then mix in a little egg and cream.  That’s your crust.

Press it in a 9×13 dish, reserving 3/4 cup for topping later.

Here’s where the star of the show comes into play.

Come to mama.

Mix that up with some cream cheese.

Spread that on top of your crust.  Then sprinkle some milk chocolate chips, toffee bits and your reserved crumb mix on top.

Bake it up and cool completely.  Chill before cutting into squares.

There you go.  Serve cold or at room temperature.

These bars are even better the next day, so if you have will power save a few.

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Hot Fudge Cream Cheese Bars

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  • Author: Cookies & Cups
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 4 hours 15 minutes
  • Yield: 24 bars 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American


These Hot Fudge Cream Cheese Bars are loaded with everything a chocolate lover could want! Made with chocolate cake mix, toffee, peanut butter, chocolate chips and more, this dessert bar recipe is a real treat!


  • 1 (18.25 oz) package chocolate cake mix.
  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1 egg
  • 3 Tbsp light cream
  • 1 (8 oz) block cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 (16 oz) jar hot fudge sauce
  • 2 cups milk chocolate chips
  • 1 cup toffee bits


  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Spray a 9×13 baking dish with cooking spray.
  3. In a large bowl combine cake mix, graham cracker crumbs and peanut butter.
  4. In a small bowl whisk the egg and the cream together and add to the cake mix mixture. Stir until combined. Set aside 3/4 cup mixture for topping.
  5. Press remaining mixture into the bottom of prepared baking dish.
  6. With your mixer, beat together cream cheese and hot fudge sauce until smooth. Spread over the top of the crust.
  7. Now evenly sprinkle your milk chips, toffee bits and remaining crumb mixture on top.
  8. Bake for 25-30 minutes.
  9. Remove from oven and let cool on a wire rack for at least 30 minutes. Transfer to refrigerator until ready to serve, at least 3 hours.


Store in refrigerator, but best eaten at room temperature.

Recipe adapted from Taste of Home


  • Serving Size: 1 bar
  • Calories: 364
  • Sugar: 31.3 g
  • Sodium: 344.6 mg
  • Fat: 15.3 g
  • Carbohydrates: 51.4 g
  • Protein: 5.7 g
  • Cholesterol: 24 mg

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54 comments on “Hot Fudge Cream Cheese Brownies”

  1. I made this bars for work…I sent the email to let the office know that they were in the break room…I apologized ahead of time. I did not eat any, but everyone said they are disgustingly good. I added white chocolate chips for “color” and think that I might try with peanut butter chips, maybe a yellow cake mix, switch it up a little. But I just had to post because I love your blog, you’re too funny, and I love your sense of humor. Thanks so much!

  2. Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen

    Tomato juice on planes is every kind of wrong. But these bars are everything that is right and good in the world.

  3. bridget {bake at 350}

    Oh. My. GOSH!!! Shelly! That looks insanely good!

    AND, as I was reading your post, I had a flashback to my dream from last night where a mean girl from junior high made me drink tomato juice and vodka. I remember feeling SICK in my dream!

    Oh, and when I worked for Delta, I can’t tell you how many people would order Bloody Mary Mix…no alcohol. I just wanted to say, “really?”

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