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Heart-healthy Fudgy Cream Cheese Brownies

Feb 10, 2020

Heart-healthy Fudgy Cream Cheese Brownies

February is Heart Month. And, of course, it’s special for another reason: Valentine’s Day. Make these delicious, fudgy cream cheese brownies as a low-saturated fat, low-calorie gift from your heart—that’s also heart-healthy. Remember, you don’t have to do extreme diets or give up all the foods you enjoy. Smart choices are about eating foods that help you avoid too much fat and sugar, like these brownies. Make a batch, and let us know how much you love them!


  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons reduced-calorie stick margarine, softened
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg white
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 (8-ounce) block 1/3-less-fat cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup "measures-like-sugar" calorie-free sweetener
  • 3 tablespoons 1% low-fat milk

Tip: Don't use reduced-calorie or fat-free tub margarine in this recipe because those products contain water, which will make the brownies gummy.

How to make it

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°.

Step 2

Beat sugar and margarine with a mixer at medium speed until light and fluffy. Add egg, egg white, and vanilla; beat well. Gradually add flour and cocoa, beating well. Pour into an 8-inch square pan coated with cooking spray.

Step 3

Beat cream cheese and sweetener with a mixer at high speed until smooth. Add milk; beat well. Pour cream cheese mixture over chocolate mixture; swirl together using the tip of a knife to create a marbled effect.

Step 4

Bake at 350° for 30 minutes. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack. Cut into squares.

Yield: 16 servings (serving size: 1 square)

Nutrition information (per serving)

  • Calories:127
  • Calories from fat:0.0%
  • Fat:6.7 g
  • Saturated fat: 2.8 g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 0 g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 0 g
  • Protein: 2.9 g
  • Carbohydrate: 14.1 g
  • Fiber:  0.1 g
  • Cholesterol: 25 mg
  • Iron: 0 mg
  • Sodium: 107 mg
  • Calcium: 0 mg