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.




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!


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