red velvet & peppermint cheesecake brownies

December 18, 2012

in Bars & Bites

Last year, I combined my love of peppermint and chocolate in black and white cheesecake brownies. This season, I’ve whipped up a new variation – red velvet and peppermint cheesecake brownies. The flavors of red velvet, peppermint, and cheesecake are perfectly balanced in these layered bars, complete with a red velvet swirl. I added Hershey’s Candy Cane Kisses too; I’m unable to resist their charm!

Red Velvet & Peppermint Cheesecake Brownies | Tutti Dolci

For a little holiday joy, curl up by the fire with one of these fudgy and creamy brownies plus a steaming mug of peppermint hot chocolate – I can’t think of a more wonderful way to spend a winter evening!

Red Velvet & Peppermint Cheesecake Brownies | Tutti Dolci

Red Velvet & Peppermint Cheesecake Brownies
Red Velvet Layer
1/2 cup unsalted butter, cubed
2 oz semisweet chocolate, chopped
3/4 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tsp red gel food coloring
3/4 cup flour
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking powder

Cheesecake Layer
8 ounces fat-free cream cheese, softened
4 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 tsp peppermint extract
2 large eggs
1 1/2 Tbsp flour
30 Hershey’s Peppermint Kisses, halved

Preheat oven to 350°F and line a 13 x 9-inch baking dish with 1 sheet of parchment, allowing 2 inches to hang over each end; spray with nonstick spray.

Combine butter and chocolate in a small saucepan over medium heat; stir until melted and smooth. Remove from heat and set aside to cool. In a medium bowl, whisk together sugar, eggs, vanilla, and food coloring. Slowly whisk in cooled chocolate mixture. Whisk together flour, salt and baking powder in a small bowl; add to batter and stir just until incorporated. Reserve 1/3 cup red velvet batter; spread remaining batter evenly in lined pan.

For the cheesecake layer, place cream cheese in a medium bowl; beat with a mixer at medium speed until smooth. Beat in sugar and peppermint; add eggs and beat until combined. Add flour and beat just until thickened. Carefully pour cheesecake batter over red velvet batter; spread evenly to edges. Dollop reserved red velvet batter over cheesecake layer and swirl top two layers together with a knife or wooden skewer. Top with peppermint kisses and bake for 22 minutes, until cheesecake is set.

Let cool completely on a rack, then cover and chill in the refrigerator at least 2 hours. When ready to serve, lift up the ends of the parchment and transfer the brownies to a cutting board; cut into squares with a sharp knife. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 2 days.

Yield – 24 bars (serving size: 1 bar)
Calories – 165
Carbs – 20

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46 Comments

1 Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen December 18, 2012

So pretty! I love to eat pretty desserts :)

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2 Valerie December 18, 2012

Red velvet. Cheesecake. Brownies…what a delicious trio! I want a batch of these asap (and some peppermint hot chocolate)!

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3 Patty December 18, 2012

Oh my! These brownies are making me happy and I love the bright red polka dots in your photos-very cheerful post;-)

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4 Nami | Just One Cookbook December 18, 2012

I’ve been mesmerized by your red/white theme lately and you did it again! I just saw your black and white cheesecake brownies and they do look delicious, but I’m hypnotized by the white red charm, especially with candy cane in it! So cute and festive. I really cannot resist red velvet and you even make it more irresistible with these peppermint cheesecake brownies.

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5 Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts December 18, 2012

Love those kisses, and these brownies are over the top deliciousness!

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6 Carol | a cup of mascarpone December 18, 2012

Laura, what a perfect combo and the colors of the food are beautiful! I could picture this variation for Valentine’s Day too! Lovely!

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7 Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella December 18, 2012

Laura, this is brilliant! I also did similar brownies but they turned out quite different. I love how a similar idea has such a different result depending on who is baking it! :D

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8 Vijitha Shyam December 18, 2012

That looks so Christmas-sy. Such a festive post. Loving it.

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9 Alyssa (Everyday Maven) December 18, 2012

I love how festive this recipe is and the pictures are really pretty!

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10 Cassie | Bake Your Day December 18, 2012

These are beautiful! I love the colors, especially for this time of year. Cheesecake brownies are the best of two very amazing dessert worlds!

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11 foodwanderings December 18, 2012

Such a perfect way to dress up cheesecake for the holidays. Looks so festive! :)

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12 Mercedes December 18, 2012

It doesn’t get much more festive than these brownies! I also cannot resist the peppermint kisses!

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13 Claire @ Claire K Creations December 18, 2012

Oh how I wish it was cold enough for a fire here. I would quite happily laze around the pool nibbling on these though. Does that work too?

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14 Becky December 18, 2012

Your Red Velvet Peppermint Cheesecake Brownies are pure genius. I just made Red Velvet Cupcakes but wish I had seen this recipe first. Next time.
Your pics are gorgeous, and I love the red and white color scheme.

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15 Lora @cakeduchess December 18, 2012

Cheesecake brownies are so good and your red velvet version is lovely, Laura. The festive photos bring cheer to us:)xx

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16 Terra December 18, 2012

Oh those brownies doing sound wonderful! I love love your pictures, they really are beautiful! Hugs, Terra

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17 Terra December 18, 2012

Okay, I have no idea what happened…..LOL! What that is supposed to read: * Oh those brownies do sound wonderful!!! * LOL!

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18 Jennifer @ Mother Thyme December 18, 2012

Can you send me some of these? Red velvet is my absolute favorite! I just love how you added in the Hershey Kisses in these too. These look amazing!

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19 The Café Sucré Farine December 18, 2012

Laura, these look amazing and I love love love your photos of these yummy treats!

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20 suzanne Perazzini December 18, 2012

Cheesecake brownies sounds like a delicious combination – great colours.

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21 Liren December 18, 2012

This. is. brilliant.

Seriously, Laura, when I first saw this on Instagram, my jaw dropped to the floor. I’ll be trying this when I get back home!

xo, Liren

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22 Julia {The Roasted Root} December 18, 2012

These are not only pretty, fun, and festive but I love the idea of combinining red velvet brownies with cheesecake! And I bet the peppermint makes the treat so refreshing!

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23 Jen L | Tartine ans Apron Strings December 18, 2012

Oh, holy schmoly. I don’t know how you can – day after day – bake so many yummy treats and still be thin! I’d be 30 pounds overweight if I lived anywhere close to you…because I’ll be running to your doorstep quite regularly…

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24 Stephanie - The Dessert Spoon December 18, 2012

So pretty! So festive! Sure to make anyone smile.

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25 Minnie(@thelady8home) December 19, 2012

I am unable to resist the charm of this whole cake!!!! Its looking SO delicious, mouthwatering.

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26 Sandra December 19, 2012

You carried out the theme perfectly. These bars must be addictive!

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27 Sommer@ASpicyPerspective December 19, 2012

Whew, my heart nearly stopped over these! So fabulous!

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28 Julie @ Table for Two December 19, 2012

I love these cheesecake brownies! I’m always a huge fan of that combination but when you add in peppermint and red velvet – you’re creating trouble ;) gorgeous and very festive for this time of year! I’m sure if this was on the dessert table, everyone would migrate towards it first!

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29 Faith December 19, 2012

I love red velvet anything and these are so beautiful, Laura! The perfect festive treat!

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30 marina {yummymummykitchen.com} December 19, 2012

These are so so perfect for the holidays!!!

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31 Jessica@AKitchenAddiction December 19, 2012

These are gorgeous! Perfect for Christmas!

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32 Averie @ Averie Cooks December 19, 2012

This is like Xmas and Valentine’s Day all rolled into one! I love the sounds of these! Red velvet is always a winner!

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33 Liz December 19, 2012

Wow! These gorgeous, decadent brownies would make my family ecstatic!!! They sound like a terrific holiday dessert!

PS…LOVE all the red/white polka dots :)

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34 Lisa {AuthenticSuburbanGourmet} December 19, 2012

What an absolute FUN recipe and SO perfect for the holiday season!!! Love, love!!!

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35 Kankana December 19, 2012

I am not a big fan of pepper mint but cheese cake I love and these looks so cute!

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36 Kate@Diethood December 19, 2012

Oh mah gosh!! Cheesecake and velvet brownies in one… holy mother of … wow! I can’t even think because I’m trying wrap my head around it! :-) YUMMO!

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37 Jean (Lemons & Anchovies) December 19, 2012

Love the colors, the coordinating patterns and what I imagine these must taste like–A++!

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38 Kristina December 19, 2012

these are beautiful! I love cheesecake layered bars, I love brownies… and red velvet!? you have outdone yourself! peppermint BELONGS with chocolate this time of year…

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39 Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious December 19, 2012

Best. brownies. ever. They’re festive, cute, and of course involves red velvet – my ultimate weakness!

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40 Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel December 20, 2012

Okay, usually I don’t even care much for red velvet, but these cheesecake brownies are SCREAMING my name!! Not only are they GORGEOUS, but I LOVE that you added peppermint kisses to them! Beyond amazing.

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41 Marta @ What should I eat for breakfast today December 20, 2012

Your pictures are like a visit card for Christmas :) I love connection of chocolate and mint, I even connected it once in a hot chocolate. And, of course I love cheesecake! So it’s a perfect recipe for me :)

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42 Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen December 20, 2012

What a fun twist on red velvet, great idea!

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43 Jessica | Portuguese Girl Cooks December 21, 2012

Oh my goodness, these look so delicious! I definitely couldn’t resist these!!

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44 Deb December 21, 2012

What a voluptuous holiday treat! I am caught in the headlights of holiday baking, with no end in sight. These Red Velvet Peppermint Cheescake Brownies may may an appearance on Sant’s cookie plate!

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45 Susan December 21, 2012

These are the most Christmas-sy brownies yet! Just beautiful.

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46 Magic of Spice December 23, 2012

Oh my Laura, these are amazing! Love this combo…so good :)

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