Both delicious and nutritious, strawberries are a widely loved fruit and definitely one of my favorites, especially during the summer. Not only are they great to eat on their own, they also pair well with many flavors making them very versatile. This recipe combines strawberries with citrus to create a new take on cheesecake swirl brownies. If you love strawberries and want to make an easy and indulgent dessert, these strawberry swirl brownies are for you! You could totally take this recipe to the next level by making the brownies from scratch, but when you need a shortcut, a box mix will still give you those amazing fudgy brownies that are the ultimate comfort food!⁠

Strawberry Swirl Brownies

  • Prep Time:15 mins
  • Cook Time:25 mins
  • Total Time:40 mins
  • Servings:12
  • Easy


  • 1 box brownie mix and specified ingredients or ingredients for preferred brownie recipe
  • 3 tablespoons orange zest *about 1 orange
  • 1/3 cup chopped strawberries
  • 4 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest *about 1 lemon
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  • Step 1

    Preheat over to 350° F, then grease a 13x9 in. pan and line with parchment paper. *you could use a slightly different size, just account for that in your baking time.

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  • Step 2

    Prepare the brownie batter according to box or your own recipe, and stir in the orange zest. Pour into prepared baking dish and set aside.

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  • Step 3

    Purée the chopped strawberries in a food processor until smooth.

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  • Step 4

    In a medium-size bowl, mix the cream cheese, strawberry purée, sugar, egg, and lemon zest until all the ingredients are fully incorporated.

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  • Step 5

    Add dollops of the strawberry mixture on top of the brownie batter, then use a knife to swirl it around, creating a marbled pattern.

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  • Step 6

    Bake for 25 minutes, or depending on your pan size, until the center is set and a toothpick placed in the center comes out with a few moist crumbs. Let cool completely then serve!

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