This Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies recipe is a holiday must-bake! It is surprisingly easy to make - you likely have most if not all of the ingredients on hand - and a fun and festive treat. This is sure to be one of your favorite red velvet desserts ever.
Table of contents
- Red dye 40 allergy?
- Can You Make Brownies Without Eggs?
- Ingredients Used
- Optional topping suggestions
- Is Red Velvet the same as chocolate cake?
- How can you tell when brownies are done?
- How To Make Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies
- Is This A Gluten Free Brownie Recipe?
- Can You Use Olive Oil in Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies?
- Can You Freeze Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies?
Red velvet cheesecake brownies are a decadent red velvet dessert that's perfect for Christmas, Valentine's Day and any other time of the year. So, are our Red Velvet Hot Cocoa Bombs!
If you're wondering how to make red velvet brownies, these come together as easily as any other homemade brownie recipe but with that special red velvet color and flavor.
Did you know that the buttermilk is part of what helps make the red velvet color and flavor? That and the red dye used in this recipe. That is how the bright red color is achieved in red velvet desserts. If you want a brighter red velvet, add a bit more red gel food coloring. We like to use Wilton's gel icing coloring.
I've been experimenting with different red velvet desserts this holiday season, including the decadent red velvet hot chocolate, and these red velvet cheesecake brownies are definitely one that stands out in the crowd.
Red dye 40 allergy?
If you happen to have an allergy to red food coloring, which is pretty rare, you could opt to use a natural food coloring substitute. Organic red beet supercolor powder is one good option.
Can You Make Brownies Without Eggs?
To figure out how to make brownies without eggs, you need to understand the purpose of eggs in brownies and find another ingredient that can do the same. As with most recipes, eggs help to bind all ingredients together. In brownies specifically, they add moisture.
To make brownies without eggs, you can substitute in yogurt, buttermilk, nut butter, or oil and baking powder.
Some red velvet brownie recipes use red velvet cake mix as a short cut. However, this recipe is made from scratch.
- Cocoa powder
- Egg and vanilla
- Cream cheese for the cheesecake layer
Optional topping suggestions
- Cream cheese frosting to top the brownies
- Vanilla ice cream
Is Red Velvet the same as chocolate cake?
No. Both red velvet cake (and red velvet cupcakes!) and chocolate cake contain cocoa. That's where the similarities end. Red velvet cake also contains vinegar, buttermilk, and the signature red food coloring that all contribute to the look and elegant presentation and taste of the fancy red velvet cake.
Best Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownie Baking Supplies
- Baker's Edge nonstick brownie pan | This brownie pan is on our wish list. Brownie edges are the most popular part of the brownie. With this pan, ever single brownie has 2 crusty edges. No more fighting over the perfect brownie!
- Brownie spatula | A brownie spatula is the perfect size for scooping up a brownie to serve. You could also use it to smear frosting over the top of your favorite brownie.
- Baked goods storage container | Taking brownies to pass? Don't forget a handy airtight storage container. This is one of our favorites because it is easy to carry and fits all our brownies in one container.
How can you tell when brownies are done?
It is sometimes difficult to figure out how to tell if brownies are done. The easiest way to do so is to insert a toothpick into the center - when it comes out clean, the brownies are ready.
However, it also comes down to a preference of fudgy vs cakey brownies. Some people prefer their brownies on the gooey, fudgy side while others prefer a cake-like texture. If you prefer yours on the fudgy side, pull them from the oven just a few minutes early.
If you're wondering how to keep brownies from getting hard, do not overbake them and once cooled, cut and store in an airtight container. Leaving them on the stove or on a plate will cause them to dry out and get hard.
How To Make Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies
To make these delicious red velvet cheesecake brownies, preheat your oven to 350 degrees and combine flour, sugar, brown sugar and baking soda in a large bowl.
In a small saucepan bring butter, cocoa and water to a boil. Add to the flour mixture and whisk to combine.
Whisk in 2 eggs, followed by buttermilk, vanilla extract and red gel food coloring then add in the chocolate chips.
Pour red velvet brownie batter into a 9x13 prepared pan lined with parchment paper. The brownie batter will be thicker than a cake mix batter.
In a medium bowl, combine cream cheese and heavy whipping cream. Pour into the center of the brownie batter and use a knife to swirl it throughout the baking pan.
Bake for approximately 30 minutes and let cool slightly before indulging.
Is This A Gluten Free Brownie Recipe?
To turn these Red Velvet Brownies into gluten free brownies, you will need to make a few substitutions on the ingredient list for gluten free flour. Always be sure to double-check the labels of all ingredients to sure they are gluten free.
Can You Use Olive Oil in Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies?
Yes, you can use olive oil in brownies. Simply substitute it for vegetable oil at a 1:1 ratio. Be sure to use a high-quality, refined olive oil so as not to cause a bitter flavor in the brownies.
Can You Freeze Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies?
Brownies, including these red velvet cookies and cream brownies, can be frozen. Let them cool completely and cut them into individual servings before freezing.