Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies

Karly Campbell | Buns in my Oven Updated

Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies are a delicious dessert treat, ideal for Valentine's Day - or any day, really. Read on for our easy recipe.

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Turns out that there are three types of people in the world.

The first type are the true foodie people. They would not even dream of eating something made from a box mix. Hamburger Helper? Puh-lease.

The second type? Well, homemade brownies just aren't their thing. They prefer the boxed version. Why mess with perfection, right? Also, reading a recipe is hard.

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And the third type of person is, well, me. I make my own ricotta cheese for pasta dishes. I sometimes make my own tortillas on taco night. I make biscuits from scratch. Then I turn around and eat Stove Top Stuffing every chance I get and buy packages of refrigerated cookie dough for emergency situations.

Basically, I'm an enigma wrapped in a homemade croissant topped with a slice of Spam. Okay, no. Even I would not purchase or eat Spam. A girl has to have some standards.

Anyway, I hope you're the third type of person too. We can be friends. Let's bond over these Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies.

Sure, I could have made the brownies from scratch, but I wanted a quick treat that wouldn't interrupt my Pretty Little Liars television time. Bonus points: This treat is perfect for Valentine's Day! It's a gift for you because it's easy and a gift for your loved ones, because, well, it's Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies.

Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownie Recipe

    12 Servings


  • 1 box red velvet cake mix
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon boiling water
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9x13 baking dish.
  2. Beat together the cake mix, butter, egg, and water until well combined. Dough will be very thick and sticky. Press the batter into the prepared pan.
  3. Beat together the cream cheese, egg, sugar, and vanilla until well combined. Drop by the spoonful onto the brownie dough.
  4. Bake brownies for 10 minutes and then remove from the oven and run a knife through the dough to swirl the cheesecake througout. Return to the oven and continue baking for 25 minutes or until set.
  5. Cool completely before cutting.
  6. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
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Karly Campbell

About Karly

Karly cracks us up on her blog Buns in My Oven, and quite regularly stuns with all kinds of recipes. You'll find her passion for baking, especially Bar Desserts and casseroles, here on Food Fanatic.

Shampagne whitney

Could I substitute the red velvet for devils food chocolate cake mix?

Amber @ Shampagne Whitney

You sure could! They won't be red velvet anymore, but so long as you're okay with that, go for it. - Amber | managing editor, foodfanatic


The cook time is a bit too long. I followed the directions to a T, except took them out 5 minutes early, and they were still overcooked and dry. I would recommend either using a smaller baking dish, or cutting the cook time by about 10 minutes.


I am going to add pecans because I always add them to my brownies and a must when I make a Red Velvet Cake.


These, just WOW!! they taste amazing, i didnt think i could do it, the amateur cook that i am, but this recipe was so easy and so fun!! i think i ate more of the batter than actually went into the final thing! But thank you so much for this perfect, amazing, Valentine's recipe, my man will love these! :3


I'm so with you on the third type. I think of it as an equal opportunity food lover. Why not embrace the high and low brow--if it's delicious, I'll eat it! These cheesecake brownies would make a lovely contribution to the Shine Supper Club this month. We're celebrating romance-ready recipes. Hope you'll join us!


That's why I love you, Karly. I think I'm that third person as well (although I do have a lot of type 2 tendencies). I make almost everything from scratch, yet I have a serious weakness for anything that has day-glo orange cheese powder. (And boxed brownie mixes have the best texture. Amen to that.)


Oh we could be real life friends.... I am the type to make homemade bread (brag about it being unprocessed) ... then make myself a bologna sandwich with miracle whip. A girl has her weaknesses.


Can I be the 4th type of person who loves to make Spam Musubi and wants to try and make red velvet using shredded beets for their amazing color? This look amazing, I'd definitely eat them. I don't turn away edible food!


Can't wait to make these! Look delish ~ and with cream cheese, how could they not be? :)


Cute post and I'm a from scratch kind of gal myself - so when I see a post using a mix I quicky scan to see if there is anything I can take away from it, but then sometimes I will delete it if a box mix is used. Guess I'm a mix snob :). I know lots of people love red velvet, but I think it's been WAY over done lately.