Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies

Yes, it’s New Year’s Eve and yes, I’m going to write a dessert blog.  Why?  Because I’m laying in a hotel bed with my sleeping kiddies next to me and I really have nothing better to do.  Also, I’m majorly craving ice cream (not a pregnancy craving – this is just the typical me at night) and that means I can’t stop thinking about food.  Also, my hubby is at his grandparents’ house playing fun board games and I’m not, so I have to find ways to distract myself. haha  For the record, I volunteered to watch the girls and when they wake him up half dead tomorrow, I probably will be a lot happier about that choice!

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This recipe came from Sweet Pea’s Kitchen.  I wasn’t overly impressed with these brownies warm, but I later realized the key to them being AMAZING is eating one cold out of the fridge!  Wow!  Suddenly, they made their way onto my “please make this again” list!

Red Velvet Cheesecake BrowniesRed Velvet Cheesecake Brownie

*Brownie Layer

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 oz dark chocolate, broken in pieces
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons red food coloring
  • 2/3 cup flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

* Cream Cheese Layer

  • 8 oz package of cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease well an 8″ x 8″ baking dish.  In a small saucepan, melt butter and chocolate together until smooth (stir pretty consistently so it doesn’t burn).  Set aside to cool.  In a separate bowl, mix together sugar, eggs, vanilla, and food coloring until well combined.  Stir in melted chocolate and butter.  Add in the flour and salt, stirring until well combined.  Pour into greased dish.

Beat cream cheese, sugar, egg, and vanilla until smooth.  Scoop in spoonfuls on top of the brownie layer.  If you’re extremely talented, swirl the cheesecake layer in with a knife and make pretty red streaks.  I found this recipe really tricky to swirl as the textures were a little off for that sort of thing.  I tried, but it was kind of a fail.  Bake 35-40 minutes or until set.  Let cool completely before cutting.  And remember to eat these straight out of the fridge for the best possible experience. 🙂

Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies

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