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{Valentine’s} Red Velvet Cream Cheese Brownies

2013 February 8

Do you have a favorite recipe? When I first posted this recipe for Red Velvet Cream Cheese Brownies almost two years ago, I had no idea that it would quickly become the most searched, pinned, made, re-blogged, and loved recipe on my site! It seems you might have a favorite recipe after all…

Red Velvet Cream Cheese Brownies 1 {Valentines} Red Velvet Cream Cheese BrowniesTo show my love to you, I made a batch of your favorite brownies for Valentine’s Day. Two years later they are still just as easy make and delicious to eat as ever.

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Cut into mini heart-shaped bites and sprinkled with powdered sugar, these Red Velvet Cream Cheese Brownies are little bites of heaven.

Red Velvet Cream Cheese Brownies 2 {Valentines} Red Velvet Cream Cheese Brownies

photos by Leah Bergman

Red Velvet Cream Cheese Brownies

Red Velvet Layer
1 stick (8 Tbsp) unsalted butter, melted
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup cocoa powder
Pinch salt
1 small bottle red gel food coloring (about 2 Tbsp)
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
2 eggs
3/4 cup all-purpose flour

Cream Cheese Layer
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 8 x 8 inch pan and set aside.
2. In a bowl mix melted butter, sugar, vanilla, cocoa powder, salt, food coloring, and vinegar, mixing well with a wooden spoon.
3. Mix in the eggs beating until smooth.
4. Mix in the flour a little at a time until all combined.
5. Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan, reserving about 1/3 of a cup for the top layer.
6. In a separate bowl whisk together softened cream cheese, sugar, egg and vanilla until smooth. Pour cream cheese mixture into pan over brownie.
7. Using a spoon dollop reserved brownie mixture over cream cheese. Use a skewer or knife to make large swirls through the batter layers.
8. Bake the brownies for 30-40 minutes until cream cheese is just set on top.. Remove to a cooling rack and allow them to cool completely before cutting.

To store: Cover and keep in refrigerator.

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Leah Bergman

Editor at Freutcake
Designer, blogger, cocktail shaker. Classic with a bit of sparkle. Founder & Editor of Freutcake.
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  1. February 8, 2013

    Definitely giving these a try! Yum!!!

  2. February 8, 2013

    This is so cute, love it Leah!

  3. February 8, 2013

    Love this recipe! The heart shaped brownies are cute and very festive for valentines day.

  4. February 8, 2013

    These look so good! I love that they’re heart-shaped! :)
    -Marie

  5. February 8, 2013

    I’m literally drooling already. These are my next must-make!

  6. February 8, 2013

    So thoughtful of you to make these for me. Now ship ‘em over and I’ll dig in! ;) Thanks for the recipe, these look seriously delicious.

    xoxo,
    Chelsea & The City

  7. February 8, 2013

    I can’t believe it’s been two years! :)

  8. February 10, 2013

    Yum, yum, YUM!! This just jumped to the top of my list of desserts to cook for Valentine’s Day.

  9. February 10, 2013

    These are adorable! I tried heart-shaped pancakes the other day, not so successful. Clearly need to upgrade to these heart-shaped brownies. Cuteness!

  10. August 5, 2013

    I made these yesterday! although not heart shaped they were still really yummy xxx

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