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red velvet brownie with cheesecake swirl

Red Velvet Brownies with Cheesecake Swirl

The prettiest, most festive brownies, the Red Velvet Brownies are brightly colored and swirled with a delicious cheesecake filling.
5 from 8 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Total Time 1 hr 5 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 16


  • 9-inch square baking dish or pan


For the brownies:

  • 4 ounces bittersweet chocolate (chopped)
  • 3/4 cup butter (1 1/2 sticks)
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1-ounce bottle red food coloring (or about 1/2 container of Wilton icing gel)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar

For the cream cheese swirl:

  • 4 ounces cream cheese (at room temperature)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 large egg yolk


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Line a 9 x 9-inch square baking dish with two pieces of aluminum foil, folding ends over the edges. Spray with cooking spray.
  • Combine the chocolate and butter in a large, microwave safe bowl. Cook 30 seconds at a time until melted, stirring well after each time. Whisk in the sugar.
  • One at a time, add the eggs, whisking well between each addition. Stir in the flour, food coloring, baking powder, salt, buttermilk, vanilla, and vinegar. Combine well, then pour into the prepared baking dish.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the cream cheese, sugar, vanilla, and egg yolk. Drop spoonfuls over the brownie batter, then use a table knife to swirl into the batter.
  • Bake 40-50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with just a few crumbs attached. Allow to cool completely before slicing.


Source: Adapted from Pink Parsley
You're Gonna Bake It After All
Keyword brownie, chocolate, dessert