Oh my ~ these are delicious! I know red velvet everything is big right now and I don’t usually follow trends but this recipe sucked me in. I actually made them around Valentine’s Day and I put the recipe aside and forgot about it until I downloaded the pictures and there they were.
I chose to try this recipe because it made the brownies from scratch ~ no boxed brownie mix was involved. I am trying to stay away from boxed mixes especially since it’s so easy to bake from scratch without all the preservatives. I also liked that it didn’t use a whole bottle of red food coloring like so may recipes do. Be careful when using it because it turns everything red. The only thing I did different from the recipe was to leave out the nuts.
Red Velvet Cream Cheese Brownies
1 stick butter
1 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
pinch of salt
1 tbsp red food coloring
1 tsp white vinegar
3/4 cup flour
1/4 cup toasted almonds
Cream Cheese Layer:
8 ozs cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup sugar
1/8 tsp vanilla
Preheat oven to 350º. Butter an 8×8 baking pan and set aside.
Brownie layer: Melt the butter either on the stove top or in the microwave and pour into a large mixing bowl. In order, add the sugar, vanilla, cocoa, salt, food coloring, and vinegar, mixing between additions. In an small bowl, whisk the eggs and stir into the cocoa mixture. Fold in the flour until combined. Stir in the walnuts if using. Save 1/4 cup of this mixture and set aside. Pour what’s left into the prepared pan.
Cream cheese layer: Blend the cream cheese, sugar, egg, and vanilla together in a medium bowl. Gently spread this mixture on top of the brownies mixture in the prepared pan.
Using a spoon, drop the remaining cocoa batter over the top of the cream cheese layer. Using the tip of a knife or a skewer, drag it through the cream cheese layer and the dropped batter to create a swirl effect. Try not to mix in the brownie layer on the bottom as much as you can.
Bake for 30 minutes and allow to cool completely before cutting.
Makes 8 servings
Adapted from Food Network