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Red Velvet Cream Cheese Swirl Brownies

I saw these brownies a few days ago over at Baked Perfection and I knew, just KNEW that I had to make them. And as soon as possible. Not only are they red velvet, but they have cream cheese. And, amazingly enough, I had never actually made homemade brownies before. So these went straight on my “To-Make” List!

There seems to be a red velvet craze going around lately. It seems that I see it everywhere, from blogs to the Food Network, even the grocery store! And its a good thing, too, because I happen to really like red velvet! I remember hating it when I was younger, I honestly don’t know what I was thinking. The only excuse could be that maybe I’d only had the box mix kind.

These, however, are awesome. Tender, moist, flavorful. I’m glad that I took the pan to work, because I would have eaten the entire thing. All by myself. Every last crumb. And then probably searched for crumbs.

Red Velvet Cream Cheese Swirl Brownies

red velvet layer:
1 stick butter, melted and cooled
1 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup cocoa
pinch salt
1 tbsp red food coloring
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
2 eggs
3/4 cup flour

cream cheese layer:
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1/2 tsp vanilla

Preheat an oven to 350 Degrees
Butter an 8×8 brownie pan.

Brownie layer:
In a large bowl, add the melted butter. In order, add the butter, sugar, vanilla, cocoa, salt, food coloring and vinegar, mixing between additions.
In a separate small bowl, whisk the eggs.
Add to the cocoa mixture.
Fold in the flour.
Pour batter into the prepared pan, saving 1/4 cup of the batter for later.

Cream Cheese layer:
Blend together the cream cheese, sugar, eggs, and vanilla.
Gently spread on top of the batter.

Dollop remaining brownie on top of the cream cheese layer.
Using a knife, drag through the dollops to create a pattern.

Bake for 30 minutes.
Cool before eating.

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4 Comments

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    Dana
    November 19, 2010 at 1:28 PM

    Ooh those look delicious! I've never been anything other than ambivalent about red velvet, but Dave & his dad both go bonkers for it, so I imagine a good red velvet recipe needs to find its way into my collection soon! I'll have to try these for the holidays (plenty of people to share the eating!)

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    Steve
    November 19, 2010 at 1:56 PM

    These look amazing. Koreans are still getting the hang of brownies, though it's getting easier to find decent cookies over here now.

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    Kitchen Butterfly
    November 28, 2010 at 3:11 PM

    Gorgeous looking brownies – love the swirls

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    Lisa
    December 3, 2010 at 9:58 PM

    OH.MY.GOD…these look heavenly. I've been craving red velvet cake, and was even going to head to Cakeman Raven in Brooklyn for a huge slice, but these red velvet – cream cheese brownies are making me change my mind. Only caveat, kind of lazy after several days spent doing the 'you know what' *wink* lol

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