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Red Velvet Cream Cheese Brownies

by flavorthemoments on February 12, 2013

Red Velvet Cream Cheese Brownies

Red Velvet Cream Cheese Brownies are moist and decadent red velvet brownies with luscious cream cheese filling swirled throughout. It’s all topped off with chocolate chips. They’re to die for!

Red Velvet Cream Cheese Brownies

Love is in the air….literally.  Not just because it’s Valentine’s week and everyone’s rushing around looking for those perfect gifts for their sweethearts and loved ones.  Nope.  It’s because I baked these Red Velvet Cream Cheese Brownies this afternoon, and I can’t think of many other scents that I love more.  I hit the mother lode today coming across the Red Velvet Cheesecake Swirl Brownies on the blog Sally’s Baking Addiction.  I’d been formulating a plan to present a red velvet brownie with cream cheese in some fashion, and today, that plan was hatched.  I saw her recipe and it was love at first sight.  More love!  I made them 20 minutes later.  Love, love, love.

I followed the recipe exactly except for the addition of chocolate chips.  I just wanted to see dark brown chocolate chips amidst all that luscious cream cheese and red velvet.

Red Velvet Cream Cheese Brownies

The chocolate chips give the brownies just a pop of chocolate indulgence without overpowering that wicked good red velvet.  We don’t want that.  This brownie won’t disappoint.  It’s so moist and decadent, I’d be surprised if this doesn’t become an instant favorite the minute you sink your teeth into it.  That’s what happened to me.

Red Velvet Cream Cheese Brownies

Nothing says Valentine’s Day more than these bright red velvet brownies with that delectable, creamy, white cheesecake swirl.  They were made for V-day.  Forget the cards, forget the diamonds, and forget the See’s Candies, for crying out loud.  These little gems are all I need.  :smile:

Red Velvet Cream Cheese Brownies

Red Velvet Cream Cheese Brownies

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 12 brownies

Red Velvet Cream Cheese Brownies

These Red Velvet Cream Cheese Brownies are moist and decadent red velvet brownies with luscious cream cheese filling swirled throughout. It's all topped off with chocolate chips. They're to die for!



2 large eggs

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted

1 cup granulated sugar

2 teaspoons vanilla

1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1/8 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon red food coloring

3/4 teaspoon white vinegar (I used white balsamic because that's what I had!)

3/4 cup all-purpose flour

Cream Cheese Filling:

8 ounces cream cheese, softened (I used 1/3 less fat Neufchatel)

1/4 cup granulated sugar

1 egg yolk

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 8x8" square baking pan with cooking spray.

Prepare the Brownies:

Beat the eggs with a fork in a small bowl; Set aside. Place the melted butter in a large bowl. Whisk in each of the following ingredients separately, and in order: 1 cup sugar, vanilla, cocoa powder, salt, red food coloring, and vinegar. Whisk in the eggs until incorporated, then fold in the flour. Reserve 4 tablespoons of the brownie batter and set aside. Pour the rest into the prepared pan and spread evenly.

Prepare the Cream Cheese Filling:

Beat the cream cheese, sugar, egg, and vanilla in a medium bowl until smooth.

Spoon the filling over the brownie batter in large dollops. Spoon the reserved brownie batter over the top of the cream cheese filling, and sprinkle the chocolate chips over that. Using a knife, swirl the cream cheese and brownie batter together in a circular motion to combine the layers. Bake on the center rack of your oven for 28-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool completely on a wire rack before cutting into squares. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.


Recipe adapted from Food Network via Sally's Baking Addiction.

{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

sally @ sallys baking addiction February 13, 2013 at 5:44 am

Wow that was so quick to bake, shoot, and post! So glad you made them and loved them. They look wonderful!


Aimee @ ShugarySweets February 14, 2013 at 7:19 am

These look great!!!


flavorthemoments February 14, 2013 at 7:33 am

They’re absolutely heavenly!


Averie @ Averie Cooks February 14, 2013 at 8:19 am

Love Sally & her recipes. You did a great job on these – I’d love to take a big bite!


flavorthemoments February 14, 2013 at 8:59 am

Thanks, Averie! I’m in need of some of your healthier recipes after these!


Veni Pillay June 29, 2013 at 8:32 am

I had to try theses brownies. I made them and they were to dies for. It was so delicious that my son ate most of them.


flavorthemoments June 29, 2013 at 9:37 am

I’m so glad they worked out for you, Veni! It really is hard not to eat them all! Have a great weekend.


Cecilia July 22, 2013 at 11:01 am

Just made these and they’re to DIE for! Moist, flavorful (but not over the top!), pretty, and better/easier than plain brownies. Didn’t have white vinegar, so I used white wine vinegar. No difference was discernible.


flavorthemoments July 22, 2013 at 12:33 pm

I’m so glad you loved them, Cecilia! I think these are some of the best brownies ever.


Samina | The Cupcake Confession August 8, 2013 at 9:13 am

THAT. SWIRL!!!!!! Gosh! I just wanna bite into that RIGHT NOW!!!!!!


flavorthemoments August 8, 2013 at 9:51 am

I know, right?! These brownies are not only delicious, they’re easy!


Paula August 15, 2013 at 8:47 am

I officially want one of everything on your blog!!


flavorthemoments August 15, 2013 at 11:16 am

Thank you, Paula! The feeling is mutual!


Melody May 25, 2014 at 2:59 am

Hi! Just tried your recipe this afternoon and just wanna say it’s awesome! My family loved it. The only down side was I wasn’t able to create the nice swirls that you created. My whole brownie turned out red!


flavorthemoments May 26, 2014 at 8:43 am

I’m so glad to hear you enjoyed the brownies! I really have to work hard to get swirls right…I think it’s almost an art form. haha Thank you for taking the time out to comment, and have a great day! :)


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