red velvet & peppermint cheesecake brownies


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

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

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

  4. 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!

  5. 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

  6. 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!

  7. 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 🙂

  8. 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…

  9. 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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