Active time:
20 min.
Total time:
1 hour, 50 min.
Yield
Makes 24 brownies

 

We’ve got a triple-threat here: Rich red velvet, gooey, fudgy brownies, and tangy cheesecake unite to form a dessert bar everyone will love. These red velvet cheesecake brownies are decadent without being too sweet, thanks to the cheesecake swirl, and a delicious twist on plain old brownies. They slice super clean, but remain gooey and soft. If you like your brownies fudgy bake them on the lower 30-minute end. For cakier brownies, bake longer, up to 35 minutes. Lining your pan with parchment keeps these from sticking to the pan, making them much easier to slice. 

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°F. Prepare the Batter: Coat a 13- x 9-inch baking dish with baking spray. Line bottom and sides of dish with parchment paper, leaving a 2- to 3-inch overhang on sides. Lightly coat parchment paper with baking spray. 

Step 2

Microwave butter and chocolate in a large microwavable bowl on HIGH until melted and smooth, 1 1/2 to 2 minutes, stopping to stir every 30 seconds. Whisk in sugar. Add eggs 1 at a time, whisking until just blended after each addition. Whisk in food coloring and vanilla. 

Step 3

Whisk together flour, cocoa, and salt in a separate bowl; whisk into butter mixture until just combined. Pour Batter into prepared baking dish.

Step 4

Prepare the Cream Cheese Swirl: Beat egg whites, cream cheese, and sugar with an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment on medium speed until smooth, about 2 minutes. Add flour and vanilla; beat on low speed until combined, about 1 minute. 

Step 5

Drop Cream Cheese Swirl into Batter in heaping tablespoonfuls; swirl gently using a knife to create a marbled effect.

Step 6

Bake in preheated oven until a wooden pick inserted in center of brownies comes out clean, 30to 35 minutes. Let cool completely in baking dish on a wire rack, about 1 hour. 

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