Red Velvet Cheesecake Swirl Brownies

These Red Velvet Cheesecake Swirl Brownies are like the classic cake in bar form! Delicious, sweet and a little tangy!

Red Velvet Cheesecake Swirl Brownies

Red Velvet Cheesecake Swirl Brownies

Red Velvet Cheesecake Swirl Brownies

So lately with the twins it’s been hard to get anything done that doesn’t have to be done. By the time the babies are taken care of, the bottles are washed, dinner has been had and work is done, there really isn’t time for much else.

Case in point – anytime I buy anything recently that requires my attention nothing ever gets done. For example, I bought a new chest for our bedroom. I have less closet space in our new house and need more space for clothing. Well, the chest has been sitting there for almost a month and there still aren’t any clothes in it. As much as I’d like to unpack the boxes of clothes that should reside in there, I just haven’t had time.

I also bought myself a new purse recently. The old one was looking a little rough. I’d had it for about a week before I finally transferred things from the old purse to the new one. And I finally did it when I was in the car on the way to one of Brooks’ doctors appointments and the hubs was driving. That’s pretty much the only downtime I have these days. Ha!

Red Velvet Cheesecake Swirl BrowniesRed Velvet Cheesecake Swirl Brownies

With all the craziness these days, I’m loving treats that I can grab and enjoy while I’m running around. These brownies are definitely one of those and they are totally addicting!

If you love red velvet cake, you’ll love these Red Velvet Cheesecake Swirl Brownies. The red velvet bar really is like eating a much denser version of the cake and the cheesecake swirl adds the flavor you’d normally get from a good cream cheese frosting.

The bars start off with the brownie batter using melted butter, which helps make them dense and chewy. You’ll also find one of the classic red velvet cake ingredients – vinegar. I love the tang it adds to the bars! The whole batter can be mixed in a bowl with nothing but a whisk!

The cheesecake batter is quite simple, with just cream cheese, sugar, an egg white and vanilla extract. Once both batters are made, layer them together, swirl it all around with a toothpick and bake! The final bars are seriously so good and such a great treat!

Red Velvet Cheesecake Swirl Brownies

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Red Velvet Cheesecake Swirl Brownies

  • Author: Life, Love and Sugar
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 9-12 Bars
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American


These Red Velvet Cheesecake Swirl Brownies are like the classic cake in bar form! Delicious, sweet and a little tangy!



  • 1/2 cup (112g) unsalted butter
  • 1 cup (207g) sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp white vinegar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 tbsp red food color
  • 2 tbsp (14g) cocoa powder
  • 3/4 cup (98g) all purpose flour
  • 1/8 tsp salt


  • 8 oz cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup (104g) sugar
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract


1. Preheat oven to 350°F (176°C). Line the bottom of a 9×9 inch square pan with parchment paper and grease the sides.
2. Melt the butter in a microwave safe bowl, then transfer to a mixing bowl.
3. Add the sugar and whisk to combine.
4. Add the vanilla extract, vinegar, eggs and red food color and whisk until incorporated.
5. In another bowl, combine the dry ingredients.
6. Slowly add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix until combined. Set aside.
7. In another mixing bowl, add the cream cheese and sugar and mix until well combined and smooth.
8. Add the egg white and vanilla extract and mix until well combined.
9. Add about three quarters of the brownie batter to the bottom of the pan and spread into an even layer.
10. Drop spoonfuls of the cheesecake batter on top of the brownie, then use a toothpick to swirl it into the brownie layer below.
11. Drop spoonfuls of the remaining brownie batter on top of the cheesecake and use a toothpick to swirl it into the cheesecake.
12. Bake the bars for 25-30 minutes, then remove from the oven and allow to cool in the fridge.
13. Cut into bars and serve. Store bars in the fridge in an airtight container.


  • Serving Size: 1 Bar
  • Calories: 248
  • Sugar: 26.2 g
  • Sodium: 110.2 mg
  • Fat: 11.6 g
  • Carbohydrates: 33.2 g
  • Protein: 3.9 g
  • Cholesterol: 61.5 mg

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  1. Erika E.

    Hi! How far in advance can I make these? I’m wondering how long they’ll stay fresh in the refrigerator and/or if I can freeze them. Thanks!

    1. Lindsay

      They should do well frozen, if you’d like to freeze them. But they should also be good in the fridge for about 4 to 5 days.

    1. Lindsay

      Yes, leave out the additional salt. You could always add a little bit extra if needed, but you don’t want them to be overly salty.

  2. Kathryn

    Mmmmm! So good! I made this with gluten free flour – just an all purpose – and am LOVING it! Thank you for your recipe!! 

  3. Tina

    I just have a question. No need to add any baking soda, baking powder or buttermilk to react with the vinegar to maybe add fluffyness? Going off my old mind memory when I make red velvet cake.

    Thank you. I really enjoy your website and recipes.

    1. Lindsay

      It’s actually not necessary in these. Glad to hear you enjoy the recipes and I hope you enjoy these too!

  4. Sara

    Hi! I’m making these for my nephew’s birthday tonight (without the color though…I will just call them Velvet Cheesecake Swirl Brownies, haha). How would the baking time differ in a glass baking dish as opposed to the pan?

  5. Ava

    Thank You!! My birthday is next week and you have provided me with the perfect dessert to make! Yes, I always make my own birthday treat and it is always something red velvet.

  6. Annette

    My oldest son LOVES red velvet. I’m trying not to red velvet him to death but these are definitely being made for his next visit. Thank you for continuing to post awesome recipes even though your life is “twins chaotic” 🙂

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