Ube Cream Cheese Brownies

Ube Cream Cheese Brownies

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I spent months looking at multiple different grocery stores for ube extract and ube jam. I couldn’t find it anywhere. It was even sold out online and on amazon.ca. I really wanted to bake ube flavoured items, but it was just too difficult to source. I knew it had to be accessible somewhere, as local bakeries had ube flavoured items. 

One day, I was at a small convenient store, and as I was waiting in line to pay, I just happened to be standing right beside a tray full of ube extract! It was a miracle!!! I was so excited that I could finally start to experiment with ube flavoured items. I even picked up a couple more ube extracts for a few of my baking friends. I paid about $3.75 CAD for a 25 mL bottle. If you can’t find this in store, you can find the McCornick ube flavouring on Amazon Canada! I specifically like this trusted brand of extract. 

 

The ube jam was easier to find. I found it at my local TnT supermarket. I feel like ube items are easier to find now in larger Asian supermarkets. At the store, I paid about $3.75 CAD for this jar of ube jam. It’s quite a bit more on amazon, but if you don’t have any Asian supermarkets near you, this is a great option.

I really like using the 9×13 inch USA pan. Specifically the brand USA pans. I have so much bakeware from this brand and it really makes a difference when baking. My items always come out more evenly cooked, and I never have any issues with the bottoms burning. I would highly suggest investing in some good bakeware! This pan makes the perfect height for these brownies. I have tested the USA Pans vs other cheaper baking pans and just trust me, invest in a good pan! Another good option is the Fat Daddio pans

Anyways, I love anything with cream cheese in it, so I thought why not have an ube brownie with a cream cheese topping. These turned out so delicious. I even got my brother (who is a very picky eater) to taste test it, and he approves! The brownie is a nice dense texture that is moist and flavourful. If you are also a big ube and cream cheese lover, check out my other recipe for delicious ube macarons with a cream cheese filling.

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Home baked Ube Brownie with a cream cheese swirl topping

Ube Cream Cheese Brownie

This is a delicious brownie is the perfect combination with an intense purple colour, nutty flavour and a sweet mix of cream cheese.
4.75 from 4 votes
Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Filipino
Servings 24 Small Brownies
Calories 466 kcal

Equipment

  • large mixing bowl
  • medium-sized saucepan
  • wooden spoon or rubber spatula
  • Whisk
  • 9x13 inch baking pan
  • Parchment paper or aluminum foil
  • Sharp knife for cutting the brownies

Ingredients
  

  • cup Flour
  • ½ tsp Baking powder
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • ½ cup Butter melted
  • 1 cup Sugar Can add an additional ½ cup sugar if you like it sweeter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbsp Ube extract
  • ¼ cup Ube Jam (Ube halaya)

Cream cheese swirl

  • 8 oz Cream cheese softened
  • ¼ cup Sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract

Instructions
 

  • Combine flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  • In a separate bowl, first combine melted butter and white sugar. Then add eggs and mix. Add ube extract and ube jam.
  • Combine dry ingredients to the wet ingredients.
  • Set aside approximately ½ cup of this mixture for our swirl. Pour remaining batter into a 9 x 13 inch pan.
  • For the swirl, combine all ingredients (cream cheese, white sugar, egg and vanilla extract).
  • Spread cream cheese mixture evenly on top of Ube mixture, and then use the remaining ½ cup of batter to create drops sporadically on the top. Use a chopstick to create the swirl.
  • Bake at 350 F for 30 - 40 minutes, or until the brownie is set.

Notes

If you use 1 cup sugar, the batter will turn out more of a cake-like texture. If you want a more dense brownie texture, use more sugar. 
Keyword Brownie, Dessert, Recipe, Ube

10 thoughts on “Ube Cream Cheese Brownies”

  1. 4 stars
    I made it last night, great recipe.
    I make my own Halaya thick the way it should be. I added 1 cup instead of 1/2. Also used less I’ve extract as I use a higher quality one. It was very thick so only baked it 20 minutes. It came out awesome. Thank you for the recipe.

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    • Great question Donatella! 9 x 13 inch pan for a more flat brownie and 9 x 9 turns out more “cake like”. I personally like using a 9 x 13 inch pan for this specific recipe. I’ve updated the post!

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  2. 5 stars
    OH…MY…GAWD!!!!!! Run to the store right NOW and get your ingredients!!! SOOOOOO GOOOOOOD!! I made two itty-bitty changes. Instead of a large pan to bake I used an 8″ 8″ which made them come out nice and thick! I ended up baking at 350°, checked after 40 minutes, it was still jiggly. So I baked an additional 15 minutes and it turned out purr-fect!! Second, the batter IS really thick!! I found it too thick. So I added 4 oz. of whole milk. Like I said, purrr-fection! I will most DEFINITELY make this again!! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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  3. Thank you for sharing your recipe. It’s absolutely delicious! I’d like to try it with a more dense brownie texture. How much sugar would you suggest to add please?

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  4. 5 stars
    It was easier than I thought! Luckily for me I had all the ingredients. It was raining all day so I decided to bake some brownies. I love anything with Ube in it, so I was happy to see this recipe. It turned out great if I may say so myself 😏 De-fricken-lish! 😋

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