A Blogiversary Treat: Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies

Today is officially marks my sixth year of blogging, so it only makes sense that I share this treat with you today! If you follow me on Twitter I’m sure you’re sick and tired of hearing me rave about my latest addiction: red velvet cheesecake brownies. But for those who don’t tweet, I’m here to share this Tale of Two Kitchens recipe with you, because they’re too good to keep to myself. 

I’ve been saving this recipe since December, because I thought it’d be a perfect Valentine’s Day treat. I’m a huge sucker for cheesecake and red velvet, so combining the two just seemed like a match made in foodie heaven.

Well I’m here to tell you that these are just as delicious as I imagined. They’re creamy, velvety, and melt in your mouth. It has a perfect amount of sweetness that keep your taste buds begging for “just one more bite,” and before you know it, the whole batch is gone.

You can slice and serve them in bars or get a little fancy and break out your cookie cutter for a little fun. If you do use a cookie cutter, just think of all those leftover scraps you’ll get to eat! I know this next part will be hard to follow, but these really taste best when they’re completely cooled. They’re going to smell amazing and you’ll want to eat it as soon as the timer “dings,” but after you have a nibble, let them cool and try it later. Trust me, these brownies become sinfully delicious when they’re completely cooled. 

Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies
adapted from Baking Bites
makes around 24

for brownies
1 cup butter
4-oz dark chocolate, coarsely chopped
2 cup sugar
4 large eggs
2 tsp vanilla extract
3 tsp red food coloring
1 1/3 cup all purpose flour
1/2 tsp salt 

for cheesecake

24-oz cream cheese, room temperature
2/3 cup sugar
2 1/2 large egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350F. Lightly lightly grease a 9″x13″ baking pan.

In a small, heatproof bowl, melt butter and chocolate together. Stir with a fork until very smooth. Set aside to cool for a few minutes.

In a large bowl, whisk together sugar, eggs, vanilla extract and red food coloring. Add in the chocolate mixture and stir until smooth. Batter should be red. If a brighter red is desired, add an additional 1/2 tsp food coloring. Add flour and salt into the bowl and stir until everything is just combined and no streaks of dry ingredients remain.

Pour into prepared pan and spread into an even layer.

Prepare cheesecake mixture. In a medium bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar, egg and vanilla extract until smooth. Drop in dollops onto prepared brownie batter. Gently swirl two batters with a butter knife. (Really get in there and and make the batters mingle!) 

Bake for 40-45 minutes, until brownies and cheesecake are set. A knife inserted into the cheesecake mixture should come out clean and the edges will be lightly browned.

Cool in the pan completely before slicing and serving, either at room temperature or chilled. Brownies can be refrigerated, covered, for several days.


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