Red Velvet Cream Cheese Brownies

from What's Cookin' Chicago


  • ½ cup 1 stick butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tablespoon red food coloring gel or powder
  • 1 teaspoon white distilled vinegar
  • 2 eggs
  • ¾ cup flour
  • For the cream cheese:
  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla


  1. Heat oven to 350F. Line an 8—8 baking pan with parchment paper (or butter it generously).
  2. Melt the butter; add sugar, vanilla, cocoa powder, salt, red food coloring, and vinegar - stir to combine everything. In a separate bowl, whisk the eggs; add eggs to the butter mixture slowly, whisking constantly.
  3. Fold the flour into the mixture, being careful not to overmix. Reserve ¼ cup of batter for the top and set aside. Pour the remaining batter into the prepared baking pan.
  4. For the cream cheese:
  5. Using a stand mixer or hand mixer, beat cream cheese until soft. Add sugar, egg, and vanilla; beat until combined. Spread the cream cheese mixture over the brownie batter in baking pan.
  6. Dollop remaining brownie batter over the cream cheese layer. Drag a toothpick or knife through the batter to create swirls.
  7. Bake brownies for 25 - 30 minutes, or until the cream cheese is set. Remove to a cooling rack and allow to cool completely before cutting.