Saturday, March 10, 2012

red velvet swirl brownies

Red velvet makes a cake taste better, so how about brownies? I had to try for myself and was pleased with the results. These brownies still taste like brownies, but now have that tangy taste of red velvet. Oh yeah, I couldn’t leave out the cream cheese. It isn’t a red velvet cake without the cream cheese frosting right?

Wow these red velvet swirl brownies were gorgeous and I love the cream cheese swirl on top. The cream cheese swirl made the perfect topping for these red velvet brownies.

You will start with two bowls, one for wet ingredients and one for dry.

A third bowl is used to mix the vinegar, red food coloring and baking soda.  These are the ingredients that make red velvet.  The baking soda and vinegar start a fizzing reaction.  Don't worry, it won't explode.

The food coloring really changes the brownie batter from brown to deep red.

Beat the cream cheese batter that will be used for the swirls.

Add dollops of cream cheese on top of the brownie batter.

Use a knife to swirl in the cream cheese mixture. Don't over mix the swirls. You want the look of marble. Doesn't that look gorgeous?

Well, I'm packing my red velvet swirl brownies and heading for the beach.  It's only the beginning of March and we are already having great weather.  I can't wait for summer!

Red velvet swirl brownies


½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted

1-cup sugar

1-teaspoon vanilla extract

2 eggs

½ cup all-purpose flour

1/3 cup Hershey’s Cocoa

¼ teaspoon baking powder

¼ teaspoon salt

1-tablespoon red food color

1-teaspoon white distilled vinegar

1/8-teaspoon baking soda

Cooking spray, such as Pam

Cream cheese swirl:

1 8 ounce package cream cheese, softened

1/3-cup sugar

1 egg


Heat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a 9-inch square baking pan with cooking spray. In medium bowl, stir together butter, sugar and vanilla. Add eggs, with a whisk, beat well until combined.

In another medium bowl, stir together flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt. Gradually add to the egg mixture, beating, with a whisk, until the batter is blended.

In a small bowl, add the vinegar and food color and mix. Now add in the baking soda, stir and add to the batter.

To make the cream cheese swirl, combine cream cheese and sugar, beat until well blended. Add the egg and blend.

Spread the brownie batter evenly into prepared pan. Using a large spoon, place large dollops of the cream cheese mixture on top of the brownie batter. Using a butter knife, swirl the cream cheese mixture through the brownie batter several times for a marble effect. Do not over mix.

Bake 20 to 25 minutes until brownie begins to pull away from sides of pan. Cool completely in pan. Cut into squares.


  1. These look delicious and the swirl top is fabulous. So pretty!

  2. Thank you Emily! It was a successful test.

  3. Beautiful brownies! I love the swirls. Looks very sexy :D

  4. Looks awesome! Can you please send me some? *grin*

  5. These are on my list of things to make. Beautiful!

  6. How lovely these look! I'm putting them on my list of things to make too! :-)

  7. Oh you had me at red velvet!!! I am now your latest follower, look forward to sharing!!!

  8. These look great Dori, I need to try them. It is so fun to come to your blog and see what you are up to. Next time we are in LA we must get together.

  9. These are gorgeous!! The swirls look incredible and a red velvet brownie sounds so delicious! I'm totally jealous that you're at the beach already, I really need to move! :)



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