These Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies are rich, decadent, swirled with cheesecake, and so perfect for Christmas or Valentine’s Day!  Brownie and cheesecake batter combined together make for a festive and impressive dessert.

Red-Velvet-Cheesecake-Swirl-Brownie-Recipe.  Perfect dessert for Valentine's Day or Christmas.

I just love red desserts.  They are so festive when it comes to Valentine’s day or Christmas.  I know Valentine’s Day is a month away still, but I did some “pre-Valentine” experimenting in my kitchen this weekend.  These red velvet cheesecake brownies came out wonderful!  They are definitely something “different” if that’s what you’re looking for when bringing a dessert somewhere or making a special treat for your Valentine/your kids for an after dinner treat 🙂  They are different, but familiar enough for everyone to try.  They are so pretty, too!

The thing I loved about this recipe is that it combines three very popular favorite desserts: red velvet, cheesecake and brownies.  This is why when the three were combined together I knew they would be a hit!  These will most definitely take care of your cheesecake and red velvet cravings.

P.S.  They taste best the NEXT day!

Red-Velvet-Cheesecake-Swirl-Brownie-Recipe.  Perfect dessert for Valentine's Day or Christmas.

This is a photo of what your brownies should look like before you do the “swirling” step.

Red-Velvet-Cheesecake-Swirl-Brownie-Recipe.  Perfect dessert for Valentine's Day or Christmas.

Red-Velvet-Cheesecake-Swirl-Brownie-Recipe.  Perfect dessert for Valentine's Day or Christmas.

Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies
Serves: 16
 
These Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies are rich, decadent, swirled with cheesecake, and the perfect dessert for Christmas or Valentine’s Day!
Ingredients
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ cup (1 stick or 115g) unsalted butter
  • 1 cup (200g) granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup (32g) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon red food coloring (liquid or gel)
  • ¾ teaspoon white vinegar
  • ¾ cup (95g) all-purpose flour
Cheesecake Swirl:
  • 8 ounces (224g) cream cheese, softened
  • ¼ cup (50g) sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350F degrees.
  2. Spray 8x8 baking pan with nonstick spray. Set aside.
  3. Make the brownie layer first. In a small bowl, beat the 2 eggs together. Set aside.
  4. Melt the butter in a large microwave safe bowl in 30 second increments until melted.
  5. Stir in 1 cup sugar, 2 teaspoons vanilla extract, cocoa powder, salt, food coloring, and vinegar. Mix each of those ingredients into the batter in that order.
  6. Whisk in the eggs, then fold in the flour until completely incorporated. Do not over-mix or brownies will turn out tough!
  7. Transfer the brownie batter into prepared baking pan, leaving about 3-4 Tablespoons of the batter for LATER - for the top (last step). Dough will be THICK so spread it evenly throughout the pan.
Make the cheesecake swirl.
  1. With a hand-held mixer on medium speed, beat the softened cream cheese, ¼ cup sugar, egg yolk, and ½ teaspoon vanilla in a medium bowl until completely smooth - about 1 minute.
  2. Dollop spoonfuls of the cream cheese mixture on top of the prepared brownie batter.
  3. Cover with the last few Tablespoons of brownie batter that you reserved from earlier (this step is pictured above).
  4. Glide a knife through the layers, creating a swirl pattern. Don't go too crazy with the swirling so that you leave some white color on top.
  5. Bake the brownies for 26-28 minutes (mine were done at 26) or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  6. Allow the brownies to cool completely before cutting into squares.
  7. Cover brownies and store at room temperature for 3 days or in the refrigerator for up to 6 days. Brownies will freeze well, up to 2 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator.

Recipe source:  adapted from thefoodnetwork.com and sallysbakingaddiction.com