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Red Velvet – Cream Cheese Swirl Brownies

Red Velvet – Cream Cheese Swirl Brownies are decadent dark double chocolate brownies.  The brownies are topped with a cream cheese/cheesecake layer that has the chocolate swirled up into the cheesecake layer.  

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Red Velvet Brownie Layer:

What do I need for the Red Velvet Brownies?

These decadent brownies are my favorite go-to brownie.  Red Velvet cake gets its red color from a chemical reaction of cocoa and acidic buttermilk or sour cream.  However, red food coloring is what turns these brownies red.  

The brownies are the perfect combination of fudgy and cakey with chocolate chips and nuts.  The essential ingredients in the brownies are sugar, butter, eggs, flour, cocoa powder and baking powder.  

Make the Brownie Layer:

To make the brownie layer.  

  • Mix the cocoa, food coloring, espresso powder, eggs, vanilla, salt, and baking powder.
  • Melt the butter and add it to the sugar.  Heat the mixture in the microwave until it is 110-degrees F.  
  • Add the butter-sugar mixture to the cocoa. 
  • Add the flour and stir in
  • Stir in the chocolate chips and walnuts.  Add the mixture to a 9 X 13-inch quarter sheet pan or baking pan. 

Don’t add the cream cheese layer.  Bake the brownies now if you are in the mood for a yummy basic brownie recipe. 

Make the Cheesecake Swirl Layer:

For this layer, you need cream cheese, eggs, and sugar.  Take the cream cheese and eggs out ahead of time so they can warm up to room temperature while you make the brownie layer.  

  • Beat the cream cheese until it is light and fluffy.
  • Add the egg whites and beat until soft peaks form.
  • Stir in the sugar and spread the mixture on top of the brownies. 
  • Take a knife and swirl the brownie layer into the cream cheese layer. 
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Bake the brownies at 350-degrees F. in a preheated oven for 30 minutes.   

My Simple is Smart (SIS) tip to keep the cream cheese layer from over-browning.  Check the brownies after about 20 minutes if the tops are getting brown.  Lightly spray a piece of aluminum foil with non-stick cooking spray and loosely tent the brownie pan.  If the foil touches the cream cheese topping, it won’t stick to it.  If you don’t spray the foil, it sticks to the topping and tears a hole in the top layer. 

Let the brownies cool for 30 – 45 minutes minimum before cutting and serving.  If you love easy and delicious bar cookies,  Toasted Almond Shortbread Bars,  or a Chocolate Caramel Crunch Bar are perfect. 

Red Velvet - Cream Cheese Swirl Brownies

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Red Velvet - Cream Cheese Swirl Brownies

Red Velvet - Cream Cheese Swirl Brownies

Red Velvet - Cream Cheese Swirl Brownies check all of the chocolate lovers favorite dessert boxes. They are moist rich double-chocolate brownies with a thick layer of cheese cake/cream cheese topping.
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Brownie Recipe, brownies, Chocolate dessert recipe, Cream Cheese Brownies, Red Velvet Brownies
Servings: 32 Brownies
Calories: 141kcal

Equipment

  • 9 X 13-inch baking pan
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Ingredients

Red Velvet Brownies

  • cup cocoa powder dutch process (106g)
  • 1 tsp espresso powder
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • cups granulated sugar(447g)
  • 2 sticks melted butter(227g)
  • cup flour(180g)all purpose
  • 2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips(340g)
  • ½ cup chopped walnuts (optional)(60g)
  • 1 tbsp. red food coloring

Cream Cheese Filling

  • 12 ounces cream cheese(340g)
  • cup granulated sugar (66g)
  • 3 large egg whites

Instructions

Red Velvet Brownies

  • Preheat oven to 350°F (176°C).
  • Mix the cocoa, food coloring, espresso powder, eggs, vanilla, salt, and baking powder.
  • Melt the butter and add the sugar to the melted butter.
  • Microwave the butter and sugar together until it is 110 degrees F. (43°C)
  • Add the butter sugar mixture to the cocoa mixture and mix well.
  • Add the flour and stir in.
  • Add the chocolate chips and chopped walnuts, stir in.
  • Lightly spray the bottom of the 9 X 13-inch baking pan with nonstick spray. Add the brownie batter to the pan.
  • Make the cream cheese swirl topping.

Cream Cheese Swirl Topping

  • Beat the softened cream cheese with a hand mixer until it is light and fluffy.
  • Add the eqq whites and beat until soft peaks form.
  • Add the sugar and mix in.
  • Spread the cream cheese mixture evenly across the top of the brownie batter
  • Take a knife and drag it through the cream cheese and brownie batter, causing the brownie batter to swirl up into the cream cheese layer.
  • Bake at 350°F (176°C) for 30 minutes. Loosely tent with foil for the last 10 minutes if the cream cheese layer is over-browning.
  • Let brownies cool in the pan before removing.
  • Store brownies at room temp in an airtight container for two days or freeze for one month. The brownies are also delicious as frozen brownie treats. The frozen brownie will stay soft enough to bite.

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Notes

Notes:  Freeze the unfilled brownie cups in an airtight container for up to 3 months. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1brownie | Calories: 141kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 93mg | Potassium: 68mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 249IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 1mg
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