Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies

These Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies are rich, decadent and so perfect for Valentine’s Day! Brownie and cheesecake batter are swirled together to make a festive and impressive dessert. Indianapolis, along with many other states in the Midwest, is coping with a huge ice storm that is supposed to cover us in over an inch of ice. Unfortunately the worst of the storm is supposed to come tonight. Today the school district that I work for was actually closed! This is very surprising because we never close. Ok, hardly ever! We did close the day after the Colts won the Superbowl in 2007. There was too much celebrating here in the Circle City to have school the next day! Last night as I was eagerly watching the news, hoping for a snow day, when they finally called it-No School! :) With all this ice and wind coming our way, the chance of us losing electricity is very likely. So what does Sweet Pea need to survive the ice storm of 2011? Red velvet cheesecake brownies of course! ;)

Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies

Yield: 16 large brownies or 24 smaller brownies

Ingredients:

1/2 cup unsalted butter
2-oz dark chocolate, coarsely chopped
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 teaspoon red food coloring
2/3 cup all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
8-oz cream cheese, room temperature
1/3 cup sugar
1 large egg
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350F. Butter the bottom and sides of a 8 inch metal baking pan. Put a long piece of parchment paper in the bottom of the pan, letting the parchment extend up two sides of the pan and overhang slightly on both ends. (This will make it easy to remove the bars from the pan after they have baked.) Butter the parchment.
In a small, heatproof bowl, melt butter and chocolate together. Stir until combined and 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 chocolate mixture and stir until smooth. Add flour and salt and stir until just combined and no streaks of dry ingredients remain.
Pour into prepared pan and spread into an even layer.
To prepare cheesecake mixture, beat cream cheese, sugar, egg and vanilla extract in a medium bowl until smooth. Distribute the cheesecake mixture in 8 dollops over batter in the pan. Swirl in with a knife or spatula.
Bake for 35-40 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.
Let cool completely in pan on a cooling rack before lifting out the parchment paper to remove the brownies.

Source: Baking Bites


Looking for more Red Velvet recipes? Check out a few of my favorites! :D

 Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

 Red Velvet Cake Balls

 Red Velvet Cake Roll

 Red Velvet Whoopie Pies

280 Responses to “Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies”

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    Amanda @ bakingwithoutabox — February 1, 2011 @ 2:58 pm

    Oooh stay warm!!! Of course, those red velvet cheesecake brownies would help any situation. What’s not to love? You had me at red velvet and then you got to the cheesecake. Mmmm all around.

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    KeepItSweet — February 1, 2011 @ 3:00 pm

    I’ve been wanting to try these ever since I saw the recipe on Baking Bites! You just gave me extra motivation:-)

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    Nina — February 1, 2011 @ 3:34 pm

    Ohhh Christina! You are killing me with these unbelievable posts! :) I am still not getting over the red velv whoopie pies—now these?! Wow—cannot wait to make them! They look phenomenal…another great option for VD!

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    3rdfloorbakes — February 1, 2011 @ 3:48 pm

    These look amazing. I definitely bookmarked this recipe.

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    Honey @ Honey, What's Cooking? — February 1, 2011 @ 5:38 pm

    these look so freakin delicious… i would totally make these, maybe i will if i’m stuck at home any longer. thanks! gorgeous gorgeous pics.

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    blackbookkitchendiaries — February 1, 2011 @ 6:35 pm

    this looks amazing! wow, i just cant wait to make these:)

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    Byn — February 1, 2011 @ 7:50 pm

    in toronto and the news is saying we’re going to get 20-30cms (8-12 inches) of snow overnight, which means working from home tomorrow, with some baking mixed in!

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    Fresh and Foodie — February 1, 2011 @ 9:46 pm

    Oh. My. God. I have gone to heaven! AMAZING!

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    Mary — February 1, 2011 @ 9:49 pm

    These are beautiful to look at and I imagine amazingly good. I hope you have a great evening. Blessings…Mary

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    Kim - Liv Life — February 1, 2011 @ 9:58 pm

    With a title including “red velvet”, “cheesecake”, and “brownies” and then a description including decadent this is a must try! Wow!

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    Sara — February 1, 2011 @ 11:26 pm

    This could not get any more perfect. Making these soon for sure (I feel like I say that often over here).

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    thoma — February 2, 2011 @ 12:47 am

    they look gorgeous and the recipe reads so rich. thank you for sharing! such a toss on the ice!

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    JehanP — February 2, 2011 @ 9:21 am

    These are so pretty and a nice twist on the traditional brownie.

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    oneordinaryday — February 2, 2011 @ 2:37 pm

    Yea for grown-up snow days, right? :) I love the brownies – what a great twist for Valentine’s Day.

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    jenna laughs — February 2, 2011 @ 3:52 pm

    So decadent!! They just LOOK fudgy and rich. I really like that this recipe only has a little bit of red food coloring too. I’ve seen some red velvet cake recipes that call for an entire BOTTLE of red food coloring. That can’t be good!

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    The Food Hound — February 2, 2011 @ 4:45 pm

    These are a good way to stay warm!! Gotta keep that oven running all day, right? :)

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    Hotpinkdahlia — February 3, 2011 @ 4:33 am

    I love your blog..I have been reading all the different posts this morning! I can’t wait to male these brownies!!!

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    Elyse Kelley — February 3, 2011 @ 6:54 am

    These look amazing! I absolutely love red velvet. I’ll definitely be trying these out for v-day.

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    rebecaelisa — February 3, 2011 @ 10:30 am

    Hi! I stumbled across your blog and I’m so glad I did! I’m from North Houston so it’s nice to find someone in a similar area. These look scrumptious!

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    Eliot — February 3, 2011 @ 10:54 am

    As I sit here drinking tea and looking out over the snow, I was trying to think of something different to make for Valentine’s Day. What a great recipe. Can’t wait to try it!

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    Krista@BudgetGourmetMom — February 3, 2011 @ 10:56 am

    A ! Those look positively sinful! I can’t wait to make some…this is definitely going in my recipe folder.

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    Veronique Deblois — February 3, 2011 @ 11:27 am

    Can’t go wrong with that combination! Yum!

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    Luciana — February 3, 2011 @ 1:03 pm

    Oh my word these look amazing! I will have to try these very soon! As a fellow Hoosier, I hope you stayed safe through our ice/snow storms this past week. Thanks for sharing this recipe; I have fallen in love with your blog!

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    Stella — February 3, 2011 @ 3:12 pm

    No school?! Yay! That’s always nice.. Well, for kids and teachers. And these brownies are even nicer. I’ve never seen this done before. Very creative and buzzed;-)

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    Svetlana — February 3, 2011 @ 3:14 pm

    WOW……now I am in heaven just by looking at them! My boyfriend loves both equally cheesecake and brownies, I know someone else who will be in heaven!!!

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    Lisa @ Tarte du Jour — February 3, 2011 @ 5:45 pm

    These look superb! What a great way to spend an unexpected day at home! Well done on the top 9!

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    Holly B @ Recipes from a Normal Mum — February 3, 2011 @ 6:33 pm

    I am catching the red velvet bug! Not something you see here very often in the UK. I may need to start the craze here!

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    Suzanne — February 3, 2011 @ 8:05 pm

    these are begging me to make them! thanks for the recipe and they are gorgeous. Congrats on being on the top 9!

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    Julie — February 3, 2011 @ 9:36 pm

    Woah! Another well-deserved top 9 post! This is a perfect valentine’s day project. We see a lot of red velvet cake but not a lot of red velvet bars. Thank you for sharing!! Julie

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    Sandra@Sandra's Easy Cooking — February 4, 2011 @ 11:37 am

    I love love those..stunning and mouthwatering photo!!!

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    Kimberly :) — February 6, 2011 @ 5:29 pm

    Let me be the first to say, “I MADE THESE last night.” So amazing! Your post moved me off the dime and right onto the kitchen counter. I even had to run to the store to make it happen and it was STILL worth it. I’m taking them with me to a Superbowl party right now. I’ve already printed multiple copies of the recipe for my friends. And, readers…in case you think you can skip the parchment step; think again. Thanks for a fabulous post, Christina!

    • Christina replied: — February 6th, 2011 @ 10:40 pm

      Yea!! I am so happy you enjoyed them! Thank you so much for letting me know, I love hearing from people who have tried my recipes! :)

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    HOT PINK DAHLIA — February 7, 2011 @ 5:46 am

    I made this recipe over the weekend, it was so easy..I just did a blogpost with pictures!! Thanks for the great recipe..this was my first time making homemade brownies!!!

    • Christina replied: — February 7th, 2011 @ 11:07 pm

      Yea! I am so happy you enjoyed them! :)

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    This Italian Family — February 7, 2011 @ 10:57 am

    Found you via Food Gawker and I am in love with these brownies. Aah-mazing!

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    Amanda — February 8, 2011 @ 1:07 pm

    My friends and I are totally going to make this soon! Though… we MAY whip up some raspberry to put in it though… >_>

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    dereni — February 9, 2011 @ 11:33 pm

    just want to let you know i found this recipe and made it for a small party, and it turned out diviiiiine.

    • Christina replied: — February 9th, 2011 @ 11:39 pm

      Yea!!! Aren’t these brownies the best!? I love them!! I am sooo happy that you enjoyed them! Thanks so much for letting me know! :)

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    Sherry — February 10, 2011 @ 8:37 am

    Wow…I have made these four times already. ;-) The first time for Superbowl party and they went so fast that some people didn’t get to try them. I mailed the last batch to my daughter who is away at college. Needless to say they were a huge hit and so easy to make. I did not use the red food coloring due to my son is very reactive to the dyes.
    Thanks so so much for posting…yum!

    • Christina replied: — February 10th, 2011 @ 8:57 am

      I love to hear it! :) They are pretty amazing…I have already been asked to bring them into work again for Valentines Day!

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    Nat May — February 10, 2011 @ 12:38 pm

    Why do you butter the pan, then add parchment paper, then butter the paper? I’ve never heard of buttering between metal and paper, nor buttering the paper itself.

    • Christina replied: — February 15th, 2011 @ 12:32 pm

      Buttering the pan holds the parchment paper in place so that it does not slide around when pouring the batter into the pan. I always add another layer of “sticking protection” by buttering the parchment and sides of the pan so that there is no sticking at all.

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    Melanie — February 15, 2011 @ 10:25 pm

    I am planning on making my boyfriend red velvet brownies as a late Vday gift. I’ve been researching all over and yours seems to be the one. =]
    But I was wondering, do they come out fudgy or more cake like?

    • Christina replied: — February 17th, 2011 @ 9:18 am

      The chocolate brownie part is fudgy while the cheesecake part is creamy. They are really delicious. Let me know how they turn out! :)

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    Kiki — February 16, 2011 @ 11:38 am

    These look so good!!! I will def be trying these some time this week!

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    marcella — February 27, 2011 @ 4:01 pm

    Ironic as it, I can’t eat any part of this :( but I did make them for my boyfriend for valentines and he loved them. A week later his mom requested them for her bday :) thanks for sharing!

    • Christina replied: — February 28th, 2011 @ 11:40 am

      Too bad you weren’t able to enjoy these brownies they are one of my favorites. :( I am so happy that your boyfriend and his mom did though! Thanks so much for letting me know…I love to hear it! :)

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    The Teenage Taste — March 21, 2011 @ 9:19 pm

    Cheescake, Red Velvet Cake, and Brownies in one delicious dish! This is awesome! :-D

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    Briana — March 30, 2011 @ 1:51 pm

    These are super easy to make! Already made two batches with no trouble. Love the recipe.

    • Christina replied: — March 31st, 2011 @ 10:05 pm

      Yea!!! Aren’t these brownies incredible!? :) I am sooo happy that you enjoyed them! Thank you so much for letting me know, I love hearing from people who have tried my recipes!

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    Kelsey — April 4, 2011 @ 7:16 pm

    I did this with my boyfriend as a cute date idea.
    The brownies turned out delicious, they weren’t as red as these because I think we did too much chocolate but I would make them again anytime!

    • Christina replied: — April 6th, 2011 @ 10:40 pm

      I am so glad that you enjoyed them! :)

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