Red Velvet Cheesecake Swirl Brownies

These Red Velvet Cheesecake Swirl Brownies are a rich, multifaceted dessert that are perfect for the holidays and ALL year long!Red Velvet Cheesecake Swirl Brownies | A delicious trio of brownies, red velvet and cheesecake!

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Red Velvet Cheesecake Swirl Brownies

Though red velvet desserts are ubiquitous these days, because of their festive red color, they’re perfect for the holidays. For Christmas a few years back, I whipped up some red velvet fudge that wowed the family. This year I moved on to brownies!

I was hoping these amped up red velvet cheesecake swirl brownies would get the same reaction from my friends and family. Katie, my biggest red velvet fan (and my harshest critic!), sang her praises for these red velvet brownies.

As a non-professional “swirler,” I often cross my fingers and toes when running a knife through the batter! But, thankfully, the results were stunning. I used a knife tip to swirl, but if you like even more swirls, use a toothpick or wooden skewer.

Red Velvet Cheesecake Swirl Brownies | A delicious trio of brownies, red velvet and cheesecake!

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Thanks again to my lovely friend, Danielle, for another magnificent recipe! She is my go-to blogger for decadent treats. I promise you will love whatever you try from her blog!!! We share a recipe from each other’s sites every second Monday of the month.

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Red Velvet Cheesecake Swirl Brownies

Serves 16     adjust servings

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 mins




  • 1 stick (4 ounces) salted butter, melted
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon red food coloring
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup flour

Cheesecake Layer

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla


 Preheat oven to 350 º. Line an 8x8-inch pan with nonstick foil and set aside.
To make brownies, add  the melted butter to a large bowl and mix in the sugar, vanilla, cocoa powder, and food coloring. Whisk in the eggs.
Fold in the flour until combined. Spread in the pan and reserve 1/4 cup of the batter for the swirl.

To make the cream cheese layer, beat together the cream cheese, sugar, egg, and vanilla in a medium bowl.

Gently spread the cream cheese layer on top of the brownie batter in the pan. Dollop the remaining brownie batter over the cream cheese layer.

Using a the tip of a table knife, drag the tip through the cream cheese mixture to create a swirl pattern.

Bake the brownies for 30 minutes. Remove to a cooling rack and allow them to cool completely. Chill and then cut into bars.


Recipe Notes


Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 197kcal Calories from fat 104
% Daily Value
Total Fat 12g 18%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Transfat 0g
Cholesterol 61mg 20%
Sodium 109mg 5%
Carbohydrate 22g 7%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 16g
Protein 3g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g
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  1. How pretty and divine with that swirled cheesecake layer!

  2. Yep, spectacular for this time of year! They turned out great:@)

  3. Omg liz! Hysterical!!! Look fzb. We must share a dessert brain!!!!

  4. these look beautiful so festive!

  5. These certainly look festive, glad Katy liked them too because if they taste half as good as they look, they must be awesome! I’ve decided not to do much baking this year, so I’ll be dreaming of baking through your beautiful blog.

  6. Another beautiful creation Liz. I’m such a brownie fan, I must make these. Thanks for sharing the recipe. Pinned.

  7. Hi Liz! Your Red Velvet Brownie is so chic and festive. Very nice recipe indeed! xo

  8. These are GORGEOUS and I know my family would go crazy over them. Cream cheese and chocolate is such an amazing combination!

  9. What a stunning dessert these make, love brownies 🙂

  10. I love those swirls, so pretty!

  11. This looks almost too delicious. I’m absolutely giving it a try.

  12. I never feel like an expert in swirling either, but yours are GORGEOUS! These look so decadent, and the colour is just perfect for the holiday season.

  13. i love cheesecake, thanks for sharing.

  14. I’ll be sure to share this recipe with my daughter. She’s the Red Velvet queen in our family. Having just one of these perfectly cut bars would be hard and I don’t think I’d even try.

  15. From your fellow non-professional swirlers here, you did an awesome job lol 😀
    LOVED this one, and it’s definitely a great recipe all year round.
    Off we go to read the cranberry orange walnut bread!:)

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