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Stack of red velvet brownies with glass of milk

Red Velvet Brownies

Red Velvet Brownies are rich and decadent with the flavors of vanilla, cocoa and a luscious cheesecake swirl and chocolate chips! This brownie recipe is festive enough for Christmas and Valentine's Day and is easy enough for any occasion!

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  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon liquid food coloring use half a tablespoon if using gel food coloring
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar white balsamic works as well
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup all purpose flour

Cheesecake layer

  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips


For the brownies:

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 8x8" square baking pan with cooking spray or line with foil.
  • Melt the butter in the microwave in a large heatproof 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 2 eggs until incorporated, then fold in the flour.
  • Reserve 4 tablespoons of the brownie batter and set aside. Pour the remaining batter into the prepared pan and spread evenly.

For the cheesecake layer:

  • Beat the cream cheese, 1/3 cup sugar, 1 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 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool completely on a wire rack before cutting into squares. Enjoy!


  • Pro tip: Place the eggs and cream cheese at room temperature 15-30 minutes prior to baking.
  • If using gel food coloring, decrease the amount to 1.5 teaspoons and add more as needed to achieve the desired hue.
  • Red velvet cheesecake brownies may be stored at room temperature in an air tight container for up to 3 days, or stored in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
  • Recipe adapted from Food Network


Serving: 1brownie, Calories: 288kcal, Carbohydrates: 31g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 17g, Saturated Fat: 10g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 5g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 88mg, Sodium: 129mg, Potassium: 104mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 23g, Vitamin A: 559IU, Calcium: 34mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition is estimated using a food database and is only intended to be used as a guideline for informational purposes.

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