Red Velvet Cheesecake Bars

I found out that my Dad loves Red Velvet.  I really haven’t tried anything red velvet before.  I always thought it was some fancy new type of cake – like spice or something.  But I’m gathering that it’s basically a chocolate type cake with lots of food coloring in it.  Am I right?  Or did I totally miss the boat on this one?
Either way, I wanted to make something red velvet for my Dad when he came over for dinner.  We decided on Red Velvet Cheesecake Bars.  Do I have to say way?  It’s cheesecake for heaven’s sake!
They were delicious and I was so glad that my Dad loved them.  And don’t they look pretty?  Perfect for Valentine’s Day.  
Red Velvet Cheesecake Bars
Source: Baking Bites
* 1/2 cup butter
* 2 ounces dark chocolate, coarsely chopped
*  2 large eggs
* 1 cup sugar
* 1 tsp. vanilla
* 1 1/2 tsp. red food coloring
* 2/3 cup all purpose flour
* 1/4 tsp. salt
* 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
* 1/3 cup sugar
* 1 large egg
* 1/2 tsp. vanilla
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line a 9×9 inch pan with parchment paper.  Set aside.
In a small saucepan, heat butter and chocolate until melted.  Stir until smooth.  Set aside to cool.
In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, sugar, vanilla and red food coloring.  Slowly add in the chocolate mixture and mix well.  Batter should be red.  If you would like a darker red color, add another 1/2 tsp. red food coloring.  Add flour and salt and stir until combined.
Pour into prepared pan into an even layer.
Beat together cream cheese, sugar, egg and vanilla until smooth.
Drop onto brownie mixture and swirl with a knife.  I think I need to take some swirling lessons.  Mine didn’t look as pretty as I had hoped.
Bake for 35-40 minutes until brownies and cheesecake are set.  A knife inserted into the center should come out clean.
Cool in the pan completely before cutting.
Makes 16 large brownies or 24 smaller brownies. 
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  1. Looks fantastic!!

  2. These look so good that I think I just gained weight by looking at them. YUM

  3. Lovely! These look so good and the swirl design is quite nice. Filing away to try soon!

  4. oh yummy, my kid loves red velvet!

  5. These bars caught my eye at the Country Cook Weekend Potluck link up … YUM!!! Red Velvet + Cheesecake – could it get any better?! Thanks for sharing!! Pinning 🙂
    – Brenda @

  6. Looks yummy! I love red velvet and cheesecake.

  7. Erin,
    This is a great dessert for the upcoming holiday. Hope you are having a great weekend and thank you so much for sharing your awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  8. A cup of coffee would go great with these. I’m currently hosting a giveaway to win a $20 Starbucks gift card and would love for you to enter!

  9. Aw they are so pretty 🙂 Perfect for Valentine’s Day. If you don’t mind I wanted to invite you to come link up at Recipe Sharing Monday and share your favorite recipes. Have a super week. 🙂

  10. I have yet to jump on the Red Velvet bandwagon–but a girl has to start somewhere. Like with these yummy bars. I love cheesecake so they must be good. Thanks for the push!

  11. These look so pretty. Love them! Thanks for sharing on Two Cup Tuesday at Pint Sized Baker.