Red Velvet Brownies with a Cheesecake Swirl Recipe Zoom

Red Velvet Brownies with a Cheesecake Swirl Recipe

What better way to show someone how much you love them than with a homemade cheesecake? This delicious cheesecake recipe combines rich, tasty brownies with a sweet cream cheese layer to create a dessert that is perfect for sharing with a special someone. Use Wilton Red-Red Icing Color to add some color to your dessert, or omit the color for a sweet treat you can enjoy anytime of year!
Makes: About 12 brownies
Skill Level: Beginner

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Step 1

Preheat oven to 350ºF. Prepare 9 in. x 9 in. square pan with vegetable pan spray.

Step 2

Combine butter and 1/4 cup chocolate chunks in medium microwave-safe container and heat at 30 second intervals until evenly melted, stirring between each. Add vegetable oil and 1 cup granulated sugar and stir thoroughly. Add cocoa powder, 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla, icing color, vinegar and salt, stirring after each addition. When fully combined, alternately stir in 2 eggs and flour. Fold in remaining 1/2 cup chocolate chunks. Reserve 1/4 cup batter for topping, and pour remaining batter into prepared pan.

Step 3

For cream cheese layer, beat softened cream cheese and 1/4 cup sugar with electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Beat in 1/2 teaspoon vanilla. Add 1 egg and beat at medium speed for 2 minutes until smooth. Drop cream cheese mixture by 1/4 cupfuls on top of brownie mixture, then top with remaining brownie batter by tablespoon drops. Use spatula to swirl together batters.

Step 4

Bake for 33-35 minutes. Allow to cool completely on cooling grid before cutting.

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Clear Imitation Vanilla Extract, 2 Oz. (1-1/2 teaspoons for brownies, 1/2 teaspoon for cream cheese layer)


semi-sweet chocolate chunks

3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chunks (divided)


1/2 cup butter (1 stick)

vegetable oil

1 tablespoon vegetable oil

granulated sugar

granulated sugar (1 cup for brownies, 1/4 cup for cream cheese layer)

cocoa powder

1/4 cup cocoa powder

white vinegar

1 teaspoon white vinegar


1/4 teaspoon salt


Eggs (2 eggs for brownies, 1 egg for cream cheese layer)

all-purpose flour

3/4 cup all-purpose flour

cream cheese, softened

1 package cream cheese, softened (8 oz.)

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