But seriously, they're good. It seemed like the perfect recipe to try around Valentine's day, especially since I recently learned my husband has a thing for Red Velvet. Who knew? If you want a special treat for Valentine's and don't have the time to mess with something fussy these would be a great option because they are easy to make, look pretty, and taste delicious. I also altered the recipe slightly (surprise, surprise!) to use a red velvet cake mix so that you don't have to put in unending amounts of red food coloring.
|I got more dough covering the cheesecake layer than I would have liked - just be careful how much dough you reserve|
Red Velvet Cheesecake BrowniesAdapted slightly from Southern Bite
1 Box Red Velvet cake mix
1/2 C. Butter, melted
3 T. Vegetable oil
1 (8oz) Package Neufchatel or cream cheese
1/3 C. Granulated sugar
1 t. Vanilla
Combine first four ingredients, mixing well. Reserve about 1/3 cup of this very thick dough and press the remainder evenly into a greased 9x13" pan. Mix about three tablespoons of water with the dough that you kept back (thinning it for easier swirling). Beat softened neufchâtel cheese, sugar, egg, and vanilla until smooth (I used my KitchenAid mixer, which makes this so much easier!). Spread over the dough in your 9x13, creating a cheesecake layer, then drop the reserved and thinned brownie dough on top. Swirl as desired with knife.
Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes or until set. Cool completely before cutting.