Red velvet desserts are the most sumptuous of baked goods. Many are confused about this Southern-originating concoction: How do you make the dessert red? Why is it red? Is it vanilla or chocolate? Regardless of their enigmatic qualities, red velvet is much easier to make than perceived. This recipe is like a hybrid of cake, cupcakes, and brownies – now you don’t have to choose! Ring in the new year with this super easy brownie recipe, it could not be simpler and the results not more rewarding.
Red Velvet Swirl Brownies
-1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
-1 cup sugar
-2 eggs, at room temperature
-2 tsp. vanilla extract
-1/4 cup cocoa powder
-1 tbsp. red food coloring
-1/8 tsp. salt
-3/4 tsp. apple cider vinegar
-3/4 cup flour
-8 oz. cream cheese, at room temperature
-1/4 cup sugar
-1 egg yolk
-1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Spray an 8×8” baking pan with nonstick cooking spray and line with parchment paper; set aside.
2. For the brownie layer, cream the butter and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes.
3. Add in eggs one at a time until fully incorporated, then add vanilla extract, cocoa powder, food coloring, salt, and apple cider vinegar.
4. Add flour and mix until fully incorporated, making sure to not overmix the batter.
5. Remove 4 tablespoons of the brownie batter from the bowl and set aside. Spread the remaining batter into prepared baking pan.
6. For the swirl, beat the cream cheese, sugar, egg yolk, and vanilla extract with a mixer until smooth, approximately 1 minute.
7. Drop large spoonfuls of the swirl mixture on top of the brownie batter, and cover with the remaining tablespoons of brownie batter. Use a knife to swirl the layers.
8. Bake brownies for 28-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool brownies completely before cutting.