Thursday, February 10, 2011

Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies

These are beautiful and delicious. A perfect treat for Valentine's Day. Or any other day. Of course, there's no shortage of good Valentine's Day desserts; chocolate is the usual suspect for this holiday, and I especially like molten chocolate cakes, chocolate cherry cake, rich mocha cake and mocha cheesecake bars.

I wanted to try something new, and I thought red velvet was an especially inspired choice for this holiday.

Start by making the red velvet layer. In a large mixing bowl, combine the sugar and melted butter.

Whisk well then add the vanilla


red food coloring

salt and vinegar,

whisking well after each addition. Lightly beat the eggs in a small bowl

and then add them to the cocoa mixture.

Fold in the flour.

Save out 1/4 cup of the batter for the top layer,

then spread the batter in a greased 8-inch square pan.

For the cheesecake layer, combine the sugar, egg, vanilla

and cream cheese

and beat until well combined. Carefully spread the cream cheese layer over the brownie layer.

Dollop the remaining red batter over the cream cheese layer

and drag a knife through the batters

to swirl.

Bake for 30 minutes

then cool completely on a wire rack. Refrigerate overnight then cut into bars.

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Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies

Red Velvet Layer:
1 stick butter, melted
1 cup sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1/4 cup cocoa
Pinch salt
1 Tbsp. red food coloring
1 tsp. cider vinegar
2 eggs
3/4 cup flour

Cream Cheese Layer:
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1/2 tsp. vanilla

Pour melted butter into a large bowl and add the sugar, vanilla, cocoa, salt, food coloring, and vinegar, in that order, mixing between additions. Whisk the eggs in a small bowl and stir it into the cocoa mixture. Fold in the flour until lightly combined. Save 1/4 cup of the batter for the topping, then pour the rest of the batter into a greased 8" baking pan.

For the cream cheese layer, blend together the cream cheese, sugar, egg, and vanilla in a medium bowl. Gently spread the cream cheese layer on top of the brownie batter in the pan. Dollop the remaining brownie batter over the cream cheese layer. Using a table knife, drag the tip through the cream cheese mixture to create a swirl pattern. Bake the brownies at 350 for 30 minutes. Remove to a cooling rack and allow them to cool completely. Refrigerate overnight before cutting to serve. Makes 12 brownies.


  1. Yum, those look delicious and I bet they taste amazing!

  2. This is something my family would love. delicious!

  3. Great recipe, Sara! I would enjoy these for sure. Happy Valentine's Day!
    Blessings, Beth

  4. I love red velvet and I love cream cheese - so these would be a hit!

  5. Looks delicious, i love red velvet!

  6. Yum, that looks pretty and sounds like it is marvelous!
    Love it,

  7. Beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing on our Momtrends Linky. Everyone is welcome:

  8. I want one of these right now, Im a sucker for any brownies!

  9. Hi Sara,
    I would like to have a serving or two of your wonderful Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies, they just look delicious. Thank you so much for bringing them to Full Plate Thursday and please come back!

  10. These are beautiful! I love the swirls in the frosting. To. Die. For.

    I'd love to have you stop by and link up with Sweet Tooth Fridays!

  11. they looking amazingly creative sweet bite :) Dropped in from Sweeth Tooth :)

  12. mmm mmm my mouth is watering these sound so delicious

  13. Mmmm, I made these last year and fell in love with them. I'm sure you enjoyed them every bit as much as I did. I hope you'll come by and link these up to Sweets for a Saturday #4.

  14. Congratulations Sara, you are featured on Full Plate Thursday this week 2-17-11. Please come by and pick up your Red Plate...hope to see you soon.

  15. Beautiful! That swirl, oh my yum! Thanks for sharing on Crazy Sweet Tuesday!

  16. These look great! Found on Crazy Sweet Tuesday - and I may need to make these for Valentine Day treats. Thanks for sharing the recipe!


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