Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies

Recipe Time!
Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies
AKA “The Deb”
Recipe adapted from “Smells like Home” and my recipe for Black and White cupcakes

What You’ll Need

  • 3 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 oz red food coloring
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract, divided
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 ½ cups granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¼ tsp salt

For the cheesecake:

  • 8oz (1 package) of Philadelphia Cream Cheese
  • 1 tbsp sour cream
  • ½ cup sugar

The How-To:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350deg F
  2. [Cheesecake] WIth an electric beater, whip the cream cheese a bit before adding the sugar and sour cream. After that, set the bowl aside.
  3. [Brownies] Mix the cocoa powder, 1 tsp of the vanilla and the food coloring in a small bowl to make a thick paste. Set aside.
  4. With an electric mixer (because you’re awesome and have a lame thumb so you can’t mix this by hand like me) mix the butter and sugar. Add the eggs and the other tsp of the vanilla.
  5. Add the cocoa paste (here is where you’ll get the color)
  6. Add the flour and salt (add the flour half cup, half cup then quarter cup to mix it evenly)
  7. In your super awesome greased and floured 8×8 brownie pan, put the brownie batter into the pan. On top of that, spread the cheesecake mixture.
    BAKERHI NOTE: My cheesecake mixture was purposely sloppily mixed into the brownie mix, which is why my cheesecake is ultra pink. I liked the color.
  8. Bake the brownies for 30-40 minutes (start low) and then take out to cool. A good measure to see when this is done is when the cheesecake looks like a solid baked piece.

The coworker I named these for is kind of the motherly figure of our office, and my mom loves red velvet. Here’s hoping this translates well!! Happy early birthday, Deb!

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