Photo: Jim Franco; Styling: Lydia Degaris Pursell
Hands-on Time
20 Mins
Total Time
1 Hour 50 Mins
Makes about 2 dozen

Red Velvet-Peppermint Swirl Brownies taste as good as they look. These showstopping brownies are moist, tasty, and swirling with color.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°. Line bottom and sides of a 13- x 9-inch pan with aluminum foil, allowing 2 to 3 inches to extend over sides; lightly grease foil.

Step 2

Microwave chocolate and butter in a large microwave-safe bowl at HIGH 1 1/2 to 2 minutes or until melted and smooth, stirring at 30-second intervals. Whisk in 2 cups sugar. Add eggs, 1 at a time, whisking just until blended after each addition. Add food coloring, peppermint extract, and 1 tsp. vanilla. Gently stir in 1 1/2 cups flour and 1/8 tsp. salt. Pour batter into prepared pan.

Step 3

Beat cream cheese and remaining 1/4 cup sugar at medium speed with an electric mixer until fluffy. Add egg whites and remaining 1 tsp. vanilla, and beat until blended. Stir in 2 Tbsp. flour until smooth. Drop cream cheese mixture by heaping tablespoonfuls over batter in pan; gently swirl with a knife.

Step 4

Bake at 350° for 30 to 32 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out with a few moist crumbs. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack (about 1 hour). Lift brownies from pan, using foil sides as handles. Gently remove foil; cut brownies into squares.

Ratings & Reviews

Meblack's Review

December 01, 2012

contentedgirl's Review

December 20, 2012
I made these for a party last weekend and they were amazing! Everyone loved them! That being said, I do have to say that instead of the peppermint extract I used almond extract (only because we were serving peppermint cupcakes & didn't want two things that were peppermint). Next time I make them I will use the peppermint, but I loved them w/the almond. They were super moist, too! A great recipe!

DannaMoudy's Review

December 15, 2012
I made these just as directed (except I sprayed PAM on the foil). I took them to work and they were a BIG hit. Will definitely make these again!!

PinkLadyLA's Review

December 18, 2012
These are so delicious and easy to make!

maxie1410's Review

February 13, 2013

Pudding1980's Review

November 30, 2013
These were easy to make and looked very pretty and festive. The peppermint flavour was really mild so if I made them again I would omit some of the vanilla extract for more peppermint.

CW1979's Review

January 04, 2013
These were ah-mazing and had friends say they were the best brownies ever. I liked the peppermint flavor, which was mild, but it would be great without. Definitely will make again.

NanMac1's Review

December 18, 2012
Not sure what happened but these flopped. Had terrible time removing from foil. Not impressed with flavor or texture.

Ckohls's Review

January 01, 2013
Made these for 3 different occasions this holiday season. They are fantastic. Didn't modify recipe at all. Excellent! Moist and tasty!

ConnieJax's Review

November 30, 2012