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


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


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! 😀

 Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

 Red Velvet Cake Balls

 Red Velvet Cake Roll

 Red Velvet Whoopie Pies

281 Responses to “Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies”

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    LeelaBijou — April 5, 2011 @ 3:11 pm

    It looks fantastic! I will try this :)

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    Sarah smith — April 6, 2011 @ 7:31 am

    I got here via stumble upon, and glad I did, these look so yummy, I have to make them!

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    MICHELE — April 18, 2011 @ 12:55 am


    • Christina replied: — April 18th, 2011 @ 10:01 pm

      I am so glad that everyone in your craft group enjoyed them! If you make them again with more chocolate let me know how they turn out! :)

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    Kelly — April 20, 2011 @ 5:31 am

    I saw your recipe a while ago and finally got to make it last night, however i decided to make them as cupcakes instead!

    Unfortunately the cupcake cases bowed under the weight and they ended up spreading around the baking tray quite a bit. They lost the “cheesecake” bit but still tasted great!

    Next time i will just bake a normal one i think!

    • Christina replied: — April 20th, 2011 @ 9:56 pm

      Mmmm..that sounds like a great idea. Too bad they did not turn out quite right. I have lost more than one treat experimenting with recipes. I do have a red velvet cupcake recipe that you could check out. :)

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    Kathy — April 25, 2011 @ 8:38 pm

    Thanks for the recipe! Made these for Easter and they were a HUGE hit!! Already shared the recipe. deeeeeeelicious!

    • Christina replied: — April 27th, 2011 @ 9:41 pm

      Thanks so much for letting me know that they were a huge hit! I love hearing from those who have tried recipes from my website! 😀

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    Kelsey — April 27, 2011 @ 10:51 pm

    Thanks so much for posting! This recipe was straightforward and super-delicious. I love it! One of my new favorite desserts.

    • Christina replied: — May 5th, 2011 @ 10:07 pm

      You are so welcome! Thanks so much for letting me know! I love to hear from those who have tried the recipes on my site! :)

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    fajas colombianas — April 29, 2011 @ 1:13 pm

    I tried making one of these when my wife went home. It wasn’t as good looking and as red as yours but she loved it. Thanks for this.

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    Patrick — May 3, 2011 @ 10:11 am

    These are freaking amazing. Made them for my girlfriend and she went nuts. For a little extra deliciousness, after they have cooled, put them in the fridge and they will come out like a fresh cheesecake and very chewy.

    • Christina replied: — May 5th, 2011 @ 9:49 pm

      Thanks so much for letting me know how they turn out for you! I am so glad that you enjoyed them! :) This is definitely one of my favorite recipes!

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    Jalal Hameed Bhatti — May 13, 2011 @ 4:28 am

    Love this recipe

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    Brandon — May 17, 2011 @ 10:22 pm

    OMG. These look delicious!

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    שף בבית — May 29, 2011 @ 2:57 am

    wow, this looks amazing. i will try to make it and respond if it tastes as good as it looks.

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    newenglandcowgirl — June 9, 2011 @ 8:21 pm

    WOW! WOW!….OMG…I love red velvet anything, never dreamed of brownies. Yum!

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    Claire — June 28, 2011 @ 8:21 pm

    These look DELICIOUS!!! I can’t wait to make them! But I’m having a little trouble….
    The recipe list has some doubles on it. Should I ignore one of them? Or just put them all together?? Please let me know! Thank you so much!!!

    • Christina replied: — July 2nd, 2011 @ 4:47 pm

      If you follow the recipes written directions it should make a bit more sense. Sugar, eggs and vanilla are added into two different parts of the recipe-the brownie batter and the cheesecake batter. Hope this makes sense…let me know how it turns out for you! :)

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    gigi — July 6, 2011 @ 10:45 pm

    i saw redvelvet and thought yay! then cheesecake and was excited to try it out. then i saw the word brownie. my mouth watered and i have been gawking at this recipe for 10 minutes. thank you for being awesome.

    • Christina replied: — July 7th, 2011 @ 6:42 pm

      Hahaha…you are welcome! I hope you give them a try! 😀 If you do, make sure you come back and let me know how they turn out for you! :)

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    Elizabeth — July 10, 2011 @ 9:34 pm

    I made these today for my husband and me. They were absolutely delicious – so moist, fudgy, and just a bunch of gooey goodness! I had one with a scoop of vanilla ice cream…talk about the ultimate sweet treat!

    • Christina replied: — July 11th, 2011 @ 9:46 am

      Yeah! I am so glad that you and your husband enjoyed them! 😀 I bet they would be incredible alongside a scoop of ice cream! Mmmm…now I am craving one!

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    Meg — July 14, 2011 @ 7:23 pm

    I am DEFINITELY making these the day i get back from my holiday (wouldn’t want to interrupt the holiday bod hard work ha) SO EXCITED NOW!! :)

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    Emily Dillbeck — July 28, 2011 @ 9:59 am

    I can’t wait to make these!! One question: do I use unsweetened dark chocolate for baking? Or just plain ole dark chocolate? I’m searching my house to see if I have all the ingredients and the only place I have a snag is finding the right chocolate :)

    • Christina replied: — July 31st, 2011 @ 8:30 pm

      I just used a 70% cocoa dark chocolate and they turned out great. Let me know how they turn out for you! :)

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    Curtis Christensen — July 28, 2011 @ 10:48 pm

    These are amazing. I made these and my roommates loved them. When I was buying the cream cheese i accidentally grabbed strawberry flavored and it still turned out great.

    • Christina replied: — July 31st, 2011 @ 8:25 pm

      I am so glad that you enjoyed them! Thanks so much for letting me know how they turned out! Mmmmm…I bet the flavored cream cheese would be yummy in these! I will have to try that next time I make them! :)

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    Teej — July 30, 2011 @ 8:56 am

    These look and sound delicious, but there are so many chemicals in artificial colouring, and I’m allergic to it. :( I’d love to make these and keep that beautiful colour…does anyone have a suggestion for a more natural food colouring that won’t change the flavour of these? I’ll google in the meantime but would love to hear some tried and true methods of dying food red without all the chemicals :)

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    Felix — July 30, 2011 @ 12:38 pm

    I’m gonna try these. It’s like two recipes in one….:-)

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    Kai — August 3, 2011 @ 8:06 am

    I doubled the recipe and sent my wife off to work with brownies and brought some to my coworkers. They all went NUTS for these and were disappointed we ran out. Thanks for another great recipe!!

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    Mrswright — August 4, 2011 @ 4:30 pm

    I made these last night and they were amazing. I know they are gonna taste better made from scratch, but I was wondering what ingredients here I could add to the box red velvet mix. It would be quicker and save me money on ingredients. These box mixes also make 9×13 so if i doubled the cheesecake part, there would be a lot more to go around. My husband is now requesting these weekly, so I would love a way to make them quicker for home and save the made from scratch recipe for special occasions.

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    Nick — August 14, 2011 @ 2:28 pm

    Cheesecake…red velvet…brownies?!? Perfection at it’s finest and easy too! Very interested in making these.

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    Bruno — August 24, 2011 @ 12:28 pm

    easy recipe and really tasty, family loved it

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    Leigh — August 27, 2011 @ 5:43 pm

    they turned out amazing!!! and such an easy recipe… i didnt even need to go grocery shopping!

    • Christina replied: — August 31st, 2011 @ 8:52 pm

      I am so glad that you enjoyed them! Thanks for letting me know! :)

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    Gary Palmer — August 31, 2011 @ 8:01 pm

    Hate to measure and in a hurry so a faked the brownie end with Ghiardelli mix souped up with some cocoa powder, expresso powder and a little extra oil. Doubled the recipe and also added a bag of milk chocolate chips. Used a 9×13 pan so they were thicker and needed an extra 10 minutes in the oven plus sitting with the oven off for another 10 to get the middle to set. GREAT NOVEL BROWNIES. Now my second favorite brownies after salted caramel brownies. Thanks for the inspiration! First time poster but one of my favorite food blogs.

    • Christina replied: — October 3rd, 2011 @ 8:57 pm

      Thanks so much for letting me know how they turned out for you…I am so glad that you enjoyed them! I love the idea of the shortcut by using the brownie mix. Thanks so much for sharing! :) Sorry I did not see your comment sooner…it was sent to my spam folder and I rarely check it.

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    Kirsten — September 4, 2011 @ 12:28 am

    I made these today and they are absolutely delicious! So simple and they look just beautiful. I left mine in just two minutes too long, so the edges are just a touch dry, but they are amazing none the less. This is my new go-to recipe for dessert

    • Christina replied: — September 7th, 2011 @ 8:15 pm

      I am so glad that you enjoyed them!! Thanks for letting me know how they turned out for you! :)

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    Lori Glenn Marshall — September 5, 2011 @ 11:36 am

    This is an amazing recipe! I used dairy free butter, chocolate and cream cheese, because my daughters are allergic to milk and they were a huge success! Thank you!

    • Christina replied: — September 7th, 2011 @ 6:31 pm

      Yea!!! I am so glad that you enjoyed them! Thanks for sharing the adaptation you did so your girls could enjoy them too! :)

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    Bonnie — September 6, 2011 @ 1:04 pm

    I just made these last night and they are A-MAZ-ING!! Seriously bad for the calorie counter, but so good.

    • Christina replied: — September 7th, 2011 @ 9:10 pm

      I am so glad that you enjoyed them! Thanks for letting me know how they turned out! Everything in moderation, right! 😉

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    kelsey — September 11, 2011 @ 3:39 pm

    Made these today, and wow! Theyre awesome!

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    Lynda — September 18, 2011 @ 1:04 am

    I think that you are wonderful to post such a tasty and inspiring blog with such an awful storm on the way. You must have raised the spirits of many people with your bright, “let’s do something fun” attitude despite the weather challenges all around you. We don’t have snow problems in Australia but we do have heat ones and I can just imagine sitting down with a cool drink and a piece of Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies to ease the heat wearied family. Thank you. Lynda :-)

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    Trish — September 24, 2011 @ 12:18 am

    Just made two 9×13 pans of these. I quadroupled your recipe and they turned out great! I mixed the 4 packages of cream cheese with egg and sugar in the food processor. It made it much quicker.

    • Christina replied: — September 25th, 2011 @ 10:49 pm

      I am so glad that you enjoyed them! Thanks for the tip about using the food processor…I will have to try it next time I make these! :)

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    laurenbrennan — September 24, 2011 @ 10:30 pm

    Oh my….these look evil!

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    Crystal Holder — October 2, 2011 @ 8:18 pm

    my boyfriend and I made these today. They were not as red as the picture above and the cream cheese did not stay creamy instead it melted down level to the brownies. I’m not sure what we did wrong. :( i will probably try this again at a later time and hopefully they will turn out better. On the upside the actual brownies tasted really yummy. :) thanks for the recipe. and any suggestions on what i may have done wrong or what i could do to get a better result next time would be appreciated.

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    Rate the Plate Utah — October 3, 2011 @ 3:47 pm

    I saw these somewhere else & think they look SOOOOO good!

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    SuzanKen — October 3, 2011 @ 10:41 pm

    I wonder if putting a little powdered buttermilk in the chocolate mixture portion would give it a hint of red velvet cake? if no one has ever tried powdered buttermilk, you can find it in the baking aisle. i use it in all my baking including red velvet cake and chocolate icings. christine – this look great and i will make a batch with and without powdered buttermilk and let you know.

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    Willa@ArmstrongFamilyFare — October 7, 2011 @ 12:02 pm

    I just stumbled upon this…and it looks amazing!

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    Ashley Mills Hill (@TheHillHangout) — October 8, 2011 @ 3:30 pm

    I saw these on Pinterest and have a batch in the oven now. I’d love to include it in a blog post, linking to your recipe, of course. Do you mind if I borrow your picture? Thanks a bunch!

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    sagcosgrove — October 10, 2011 @ 10:34 pm

    These sound AMAZING!! Thanks! I love red velvet cake, to combine them with brownies is just fantastic! Take a gander at my red velvet recipe on my site if you get a chance. I have a whole section on baking recipes. :)

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    Hanan — October 11, 2011 @ 4:55 am

    Those look incredible! :)

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    Amani Tarud — October 11, 2011 @ 7:42 pm

    I stumbled upon this and decided to try this recipe, since brownies and red velvet are my favourite things. They are baking right now, and smell divine! Thank you so much!!!!

    • Christina replied: — October 15th, 2011 @ 10:39 pm

      I hope that you enjoyed them! They are definitely one of my favorite brownie recipes! :)

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