It’s not too early to be thinking about Valentine’s Day, especially decadent treats to create for your sweetheart (or yourself). I came across today’s recipe on Pinterest (are you pinning too?) and couldn’t resist trying them out. I am weak when it comes to red velvet, brownies, and cheesecake. So, combine them together and my knees practically give out, which, as it turns out, is a popular form of wooing on Valentine’s Day. Perhaps these could be of use to you too.
Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies
adapted from The Novice Chef
Red Velvet Layer:
3 1/4 cups flour
2 1/4 cups sugar
3 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
3 large eggs
1 cup vegetable oil
4 tablespoons buttermilk, divided
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon red food coloring
2 teaspoons white vinegar
2 8oz packages cream cheese, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 13 x 18 jelly roll pan with nonstick spray or a silicone liner.
In large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, cocoa powder, salt, and baking powder. Set aside. In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, vegetable oil, 2 tablespoons buttermilk, vanilla extract, red food coloring, and white vinegar.
Combine the dry and wet ingredients, until completely combined. The batter will have the consistency of play dough. Remove 3/4 cup of the batter and place it in a medium bowl. Whisk in the remaining 2 tablespoons of buttermilk into the 3/4 cup of batter you just took out. Set aside the 3/4 cup batter.
Pour the remaining batter into the prepared jelly roll pan. Using a spatula or your palms, smooth out the batter to reach all the edges.
In another large bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add eggs and vanilla, beating until combined and until there are no lumps. Pour the cream cheese mixture on top of the red velvet layer and smooth mixture till it reaches all the edges. Drop spoonfuls of the remaining red velvet batter onto the top of the cheesecake layer. Drag the tip of a knife through the red velvet and the cheesecake layers to create swirls.
Bake for 30 minutes, rotating half way through, or until the center is set and it no longer jiggles. Let cool completely on a wire rack before cutting. Use a medium sized heart cookie cutter to create the perfect Valentine’s Day treat!
HINT: Use lollipop sticks to create brownie pops for a party. Insert a lollipop or popsicle stick 2/3 into each heart.
HINT: Don’t let all those delicious scraps go to waste. Use this great recipe to create a red velvet milkshake!
HINT: Too busy to bake, but need a red velvet experience? Red Velvet cookies are in Mrs. Fields stores for a limited time! Pick one up for yourself, or your valentine!