Swirled Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies are a rich, cheesecake brownie recipe that is perfect for the holidays and ALL year long!

You get THREE delicious desserts in one in these beautiful brownies! These brownies are the marriage of red velvet, brownies, and cheesecake! Plus their vibrant colors make for a stunning treat!

3 swirled red velvet cheesecake brownies stacked on a white tear drop shaped plate

Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies

Because of their festive color, red velvet desserts are 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 red velvet brownies!

I was hoping these amped-up, swirled red velvet cheesecake 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 use a knife tip to swirl, but if you like even more swirls, use a toothpick or wooden skewer.

red velvet cheesecake brownies on a square white dessert plate

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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.

Check out Danielle’s take on this recipe as well as her social media sites! Plus make sure to stop by her blog to see which of my recipes she made this month, too.

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red velvet cheesecake brownies on a square white dessert plate

Swirled Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Yield 16

Red Velvet Brownies with a scrumptious swirled cheesecake topping!



  • 1/2 cup 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.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 bar

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 202Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 64mgSodium: 104mgCarbohydrates: 22gFiber: 0gSugar: 16gProtein: 3g


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