Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies: Perfect for your Valentine!

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Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies

If you’re looking for a fun and different treat for your valentine this year, here ya go!  These quick and easy Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies start with a simple chocolate boxed cake mix and are transformed into something amazing.  Show your loved one just how special they really are with this yummy homemade treat!Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies2

The best thing is how easy these are!  The most difficult part of the whole process is making the layers, but even that is easy.  Simply layer the brownie batter, top with the cheesecake mixture, then drop dollops of the reserved brownie batter on top and swirl them together.  Get the whole recipe below!redvelvetswirl


Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies
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Serves: 16 to 20 brownies, depending on how they are cut.
For the brownies:
  • 1 (15.25-ounce) box chocolate cake mix
  • ½ cup butter (1 stick), melted
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons red food coloring
For the topping:
  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, room temperature
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Prepare a 9x13-inch baking pan with non-stick cooking spray or by lining it with parchment paper.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the cake mix, melted butter, oil, egg, and food coloring. The batter with be very thick. Reserve about ⅓ cup of the brownie batter/dough and press the remaining batter into the bottom of the prepared pan. Add 3 tablespoons of water to the reserved batter to thin it; set it aside.
  3. To make the cheesecake topping, combine the cream cheese, sugar, egg, and vanilla using a hand mixer or in a stand mixer. Beat until well combined. Pour on top of the brownie batter and spread evenly. Drop the reserved, thinned, brownie batter over the cheesecake layer and swirl the two layers together using a butter knife.
  4. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until the brownies are set. Cool completely before slicing.
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  1. Virginia Carol Moore says:

    Stacey, these Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies sound delicious and I plan to make them soon. However, I am having one small problem when I copy your recipes into my own file. They always copy as one long running sentence! There are no carriage returns at all and no space after the periods. I wonder if anyone else has this problem?

  2. I am anxious to try this recipe as it combines two of my favorite desserts. I wondered though if you are aware there is a red velvet cake mix sold that would eliminate the extra food coloring and yes it is very red when baked.

  3. Why cant I see the ingredients or the directions??

  4. Ok some how after i posted that comment the ingredients and everything else showed up lol

  5. Was wondering in the first part “for the brownies” all that butter, eggs, and oil is that on top of what we need to mix to make the brownies? ….just seems like a lot of eggs and oil.

  6. Thanks for this great recipe – I made them today and they are delicious! 🙂

  7. Would this recipe work with a fudge brownie mix?

  8. making these for a food tasting party this weekend, I’m really excited!!!

  9. I made these with a red velvet cake mix but the brownie part tasted a little dry and they were more cake than brownie. Would adding a little more oil or adding an extra egg make it more brownie moist?

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