Red Velvet Cheesecake Swirl Brownies

My sister loves red velvet.  Me, I never cared for it.  I’m not sure why – it’s basically chocolate, gussied up with a little food coloring to make it prettier.

Whose idea was that?  I mean, the adding of the food coloring?

It serves no real purpose really, purely aesthetics.

So perhaps I never cared for red velvet based on its mediocre attempts at being pretty versus tasty.


I’m getting over it, thanks to these brownies.


No joke, I will be using this recipe from here on out.  I may never search for another variation, ever.  It will be the base for every brownie in my future, unless someone can convince me otherwise.

Think chewy.  Moist.  Decadent.  Fudgey. I’ll be perfectly honest here – I left the brownies sitting out, all night, uncovered.  UNCOVERED.  I just cut a piece to eat (okay, slab), and it is STILL as moist as ever.

I am in LOVE.

And hence, the red.  Ideal dessert for Valentine’s Day, which is just around the corner. (How’d THAT happen? Wasn’t it just Halloween??)  Leave out the red, add it, or go green, blue, whatever…pick your poison.  Just make them.

Do it.  I promise you won’t be sorry.


Red Velvet Cheesecake Swirl Brownies

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 25 minutes

Yield: 16-20 Brownies

Red Velvet Cheesecake Swirl Brownies


  • 10 Tablespoons butter
  • 3 ounces dark or semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • Red Food Coloring (I used Wilton No-Taste Red)
  • 3/4 cup All Purpose Flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • For the Cheesecake Layer
  • 8 ounces Cream Cheese, softened
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • pinch salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla


  1. Preheat oven to 350. Prepare 8x8 baking pan with parchment paper long enough to hang over on two sides, making it easier to remove from pan once baked. Spray pan and paper.
  2. In small saucepot over medium heat, or in the microwave, melt chocolate and butter until smooth. Allow to cool slightly.
  3. In a separate bowl, beat eggs, vanilla and red food coloring with the sugar. Slowly add in chocolate mixture until well combined.
  4. In small bowl, sift together cocoa, salt and flour. Add mixture to rest of batter. Do not overmix.
  5. Pour batter into prepared baking pan.
  6. For the Cheesecake Layer
  7. Beat ingredients together until smooth. Pour over brownie batter. Use sharp knife to swirl together.
  8. Bake 1 hour to 1 hour 10 minutes, or until just set and toothpick inserted comes out clean. Allow to cool. Enjoy!


One of the secrets to these brownies is the QUALITY of chocolate being used.  There are lots of options on the market, but I tend to use Scharffen Berger.  I love the flavor, the availability in stores, and the range of product.  For this recipe, I chose to use the Semisweet Baking Chunks, but an even darker chocolate would have been just as good or better.  The Scharffen Berger Semisweet, though, is a great percentage to transition between kids and adults (kids like sweeter, adults a little darker, on average) – so it’s a favorite here at our house.  I also used Scharffen Berger Cocoa in this recipe.

No, I was not paid to say this.  Not a word of it.  I just love it, and want to share the things I love with you!


Speaking of sharing, how would you like to win an assortment of Scharffen Berger Chocolates?  Lucky for you, I can make that happen.  Just help me out by sharing this post with your friends, either on Twitter, on Pinterest, or on Facebook.  You can so that, right?  I mean, it’s my birthday week, after all!

So, leave me a comment, letting me know how you shared.  If you shared it on multiple sites, leave a separate comment for each and every share.

If you’d like another chance to win, I’m SURE Scharffen Berger would like a new fan, so go join them on Facebook!  Be sure to return here, and leave me a separate comment, letting me know you did.

We’ll also be Twittering with Scharffen Berger next month, sharing chocolaty recipes in time for Valentine’s Day, so now would be a great time to join them on Twitter.  Again, once you do, return here to leave a separate comment.

Good luck, have a great day, and be sure to come back often, as I’ll be hosting a LOT of great giveaways over the next couple of weeks…like I said, it’s my birthday this week and I want everyone to celebrate a little!


  1. I LOVE red velvet cheese cake brownies, and these are so pretty! As for the dislike of red velvet cake, I actually prefer the flavor of red velvet over traditional chocolate because it is not as chocolatey. Yes I am one of those weird people that don’t really like a ton of chocolate, unless it is mixed with things like peanut butter or nuts.

  2. I made red velvet brownies for a Hokie tailgate once. I added orange coloring to the cheesecake so they were sort of orange and maroon. This recipe looks better so I might have to try it again this fall.

  3. Gina Marie says:

    This is perfect! Ive been looking for a Red Velvet Brownie recipe that was fudgey and not cake like!
    I shared on Facebook :)

  4. Gina Marie says:

    I liked Scharffen Berger on their facebook page too :)

  5. Michele N says:

    I would so love to try some Scharffen Berger chocolate. The only ones I’ve seen near me are a couple of kinds of bars & they seem kind of spendy in comparison to others available. I did pin the recipe, I think I might be trying these soon with chocolate I have on hand.
    Just as an fyi the Scharffen Berger facebook link isn’t working & when I tried to share this from your post on fb it keeps bringing your blog back up.

  6. Mm, love the combo of red velvet and cheesecake! I pinned these on Pinterest. :)

  7. I also like Scharffen Berger on FB!

  8. I’m not really a cheesecake or brownie fan but I love red velvet so these are going on my bake list.
    And I liked Scharffen Berger on Facebook.

  9. These are so pretty and your description makes these sound irresistable! I pinned this recipe and will be trying these out for my Valentine, thanks!

  10. Okay, so it turns out I already like SB on FB probably from your holiday giveaways.

  11. I tweeted the link!

  12. I shared the link on FB!

  13. I pinned the link!

  14. Yum looks delicious! I shared this link on Twitter (@kay819)

  15. Shared on Facebook! And I may make these tonight for my College Bible study…

  16. I also pinned this on Pinterest!

  17. I follow SB on Facebook!

  18. Just shared on facebook

  19. Also just shared on Twitter (my handle is @amuhlou)

  20. Love love love red velvet. I had it about four years ago for the first time and I’ve been obsessed ever since. I can’t wait to try this recipe.

    Also, I RT’d your post on Twitter. Hope that gets you some hits [[but doesn't get me competition on winning, haha]].

  21. purplelarkspur says:
  22. purplelarkspur says:

    I follow Scharffen Berger on Twitter. I am @purplelarkspur

  23. Ok, I’m officially making these for Valentine’s Day this year! Love these!

  24. I follow Scharffen Berger on twitter!

  25. purplelarkspur says:
  26. I also pinned these

  27. I’m following Scharffen Berger on Twitter

  28. And I liked Scharffen Berger on Facebook

  29. I pinned these! They look sooo yummy!!!

  30. I shared this on twitter

  31. I shared this on pinterest.

  32. Lesle Carlisle says:

    How much flour?

  33. I pinned this.

  34. I shared on facebook.

  35. I like them on FB.

    P.S – The link seems to be broken

  36. I’m a friend with Scharffen Berger on facebook too.

  37. I’ve shared this post on Facebook so everyone can be as fat as… ooops… I mean a fan like me!

  38. Also following on Twitter

  39. I’m now a fan of Scharffen Berger on facebook too!

  40. Carolyn Fraser says:

    I have shared on facebook and pinned to pinterest and I used scharffen Berger chocolate for these delicious looking brownies. Thanks for the fun recipes!

  41. I shared the post on FB

  42. I am now a fan of Scharffen Berger on Facebook

  43. I now follow Scharffen Berger on Twitter

  44. I shared the post on twitter

  45. I just tweeted the link.

  46. I am now following Scharffen Berger on twitter.

  47. I’ll admit it’s late in the day but…where is the flour listed in the ingredients?? I really wanted to make these… I just not see it?

  48. Okay, ignore the previous post…I un-crossed my eyes and found it!

  49. Oh my goodness! Heaven!

  50. Well happy early birthday!!!! I Pinned these delicious beauties!


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