When I saw that Erin was looking for a guest blogger, I jumped at the opportunity.
However, when taking more time to think about what I would share I have to admit, I was a stumped. I mean, Erin is so creative when it comes to her baking and every single thing makes my mouth water. How could I ever make something that would interest her readers as much as the treats she makes?!
Well, I think I’ve done it. With Valentine’s Day coming up, I turned to a recipe that I made last Valentine’s Day that was red, festive, and downright delicious!
I am a huge fan of everything red velvet and these bars are no exception.
They have everything that I love about red velvet cake, in an easy to make bar. Most importantly, they include the best part of red velvet cake: cream cheese frosting. Drool.
These are be perfect for your Valentine sweetie!
Red Velvet Cream Cheese Swirl Bars
Adapted from Food Network’s Sunny Anderson
- 1 stick unsalted butter, melted
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 1 tablespoon red food coloring
- 1 tsp white distilled vinegar
- 2 large eggs
- 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
Cream cheese layer:
- 8 oz cream cheese
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 8×8″ baking dish with parchment paper or foil and spray with cooking spray.
- In medium bowl, combine melted butter with sugar and mix well. Add vanilla, cocoa powder, salt, food coloring, and vinegar in that order, mixing between additions.
- Whisk in the eggs one at a time, mixing well between each. Fold in the flour. Pour all batter except 1/4 cup into prepared baking pan.
- To make the cream cheese layer, blend together the cream cheese, sugar, egg, and vanilla. Spread the cream cheese on top of brownie batter. Drop dollops of remaining brownie batter over cream cheese layer and using a knife, swirl through the cream cheese mixture to create a swirl pattern.
- Bake for 30 minutes in preheated oven and cool completely before cutting into squares. Enjoy!