Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies offer a stunning and delicious twist on traditional brownies, combining the rich, velvety taste of red velvet cake with the creamy, ta
ngy flavor of cheesecake. This dessert is perfect for any occasion, whether it’s a special celebration, a romantic treat, or simply because you’re in the mood for something decadently sweet. The contrast of colors and flavors between the red velvet brownie layer and the cheesecake topping not only makes this dessert visually appealing but also irresistibly tasty. Follow this recipe to create a batch of these delightful treats that are sure to impress.
Red Velvet Brownies:
1 cup white sugar
½ cup unsalted butter, melted
¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 ounce red food coloring
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon distilled white vinegar
¼ teaspoon salt
2 large eggs, slightly beaten
¾ cup all-purpose flour
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, at room temperature
¼ cup white sugar
1 large egg
¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
Step 1: Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Line an 8-inch square baking pan with parchment paper, leaving an overhang on the sides to easily lift the brownies out after baking. Lightly grease the parchment paper.
Step 2: Begin with the red velvet brownie layer. In a large bowl, combine 1 cup white sugar, ½ cup melted unsalted butter, and ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder. Stir in 1 ounce of red food coloring, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, and 1 teaspoon distilled white vinegar, mixing until well combined. Add ¼ teaspoon salt and the 2 slightly beaten large eggs, mixing until just combined. Gently fold in ¾ cup all-purpose flour until just mixed, being careful not to overmix.
Step 3: Pour the red velvet brownie batter into the prepared baking pan, reserving about ¼ of the batter for the top. Spread the batter evenly with a spatula.
Step 4: For the cheesecake filling, in a medium bowl, beat together the room temperature cream cheese and ¼ cup white sugar until smooth. Add 1 large egg and ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract, beating until well combined and creamy.
Step 5: Dollop the cheesecake filling over the red velvet brownie layer in the pan. Use a knife or a skewer to swirl the cheesecake filling into the red velvet batter, creating a marbled effect. Drop spoonfuls of the reserved red velvet batter over the top, and swirl lightly again with a knife or skewer.
Step 6: Bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes, or until the brownies begin to pull away from the sides of the pan and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs. Be careful not to overbake.
Step 7: Allow the brownies to cool completely in the pan set on a wire rack. Once cooled, use the parchment paper overhang to lift the brownies out of the pan. Cut into squares.
Achieving the perfect swirl effect between the red velvet and cheesecake layers requires a gentle touch. Don’t overmix, as you want to maintain distinct layers and swirls for the best visual and taste experience.
Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies are best served at room temperature or slightly chilled. They pair wonderfully with a glass of milk, a cup of coffee, or as part of a dessert platter for special occasions.
Ensure all ingredients, especially the cream cheese and eggs, are at room temperature to achieve a smooth, even batter.
For a more intense red color, adjust the amount of red food coloring according to your preference. Be mindful of the type and brand, as some are more concentrated than others.
Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
Calories: Approximately 250-300 per serving
Protein: About 4g per serving
Sodium: Approximately 150mg per serving
(Note: The nutritional values are estimates and can vary based on specific ingredient brands and sizes.)
Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies are a luxurious treat that combines the best of both worlds: the rich flavor of red velvet cake and the creamy texture of cheesecake. This dessert is not only a feast for the taste buds but also a visual delight, making it an excellent choice for celebrations or as a special treat for loved ones. Follow this recipe to create a batch of these indulgent brownies and enjoy the perfect blend of flavors and textures that make them truly unforgettable.