Red Velvet Swirl Brownies

I found this recipe on a fellow bloggers site and also on Food Network.  These were hard to resist and I just had to bake them!  I only made a couple of changes which I have noted in the ingredients.  Hope you give these a try.  They are, of course, simple and delicious!

Red Velvet Swirl Brownies


Brownie Layer:

1 stick unsalted butter (I did use salted butter)
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract (I used 2 teaspoons)
1/4 cup cocoa powder (I used 1/3 cup)
pinch salt (I used a 1/4 teaspoon)
1 tablespoon red food coloring
1 teaspoon vinegar
2 eggs
3/4 cup all purpose flour
1/4 cup chopped toasted walnuts (nope)

Cream Cheese Layer:

8 ounces cream cheese softened
1/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract (I used 1 teaspoon)

  1. Preheat oven 350 degrees.
  2. Use 1 tablespoon butter to grease an 8×8 baking pan and set aside.  (I used a glass baking dish)
  3. Brownie layer; In a saucepan on medium heat melt the butter.  Remove the butter to a large bowl and add the sugar, vanilla, cocoa powder, salt, food coloring, and vinegar, in that order, mixing between additions.  Whisk the eggs in a small bowl and stir it into the cocoa mix.  Fold in the flour until lightly combined.  If you use walnuts, stir those into batter.
  4. Take out 1/4 cup batter and put rest in prepared baking dish.
  5. Cream Cheese Layer:  Blend 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.
  6. Dollop the remaining brownie batter over the cream cheese layer.
  7. Using the tip of a knife drag the tip through the cream cheese mixture to create a swirl pattern.

Bake the brownies for 30 minutes. (That was long enough, really!)  Remove to a cooling rack and allow them to cool complete before cutting. They taste great warm but are even better the next day.  Enjoy!

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