Red Velvet Cheesecake Bars

Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies are a fun, decadent combination of your two favorite desserts that are as beautiful as they are delicious.

Various photos of red velvet cheesecake brownies with red hearts in the cheesecake layer.

Red Velvet Cheesecake Bars

When it comes to dessert I rarely make a recipe twice. We make our favorite chocolate chip cookies and normal old rice crispy treats over and over again, and if I make something else it is generally a new recipe. I saw this gorgeous red velvet cheesecake bar recipe on Novice Chef last year and never made them, but I’ve thought of them often. I’m not a big red velvet fan, but they are just so pretty. So last week when we had my father-in-law, BFF Shaun, neighbor, and his nephew over working on the house plus two missionaries from our church over I thought it would be a good time to try out the recipe. It makes a big pan and good or not, they’d get eaten with that many men around.

Let me tell you, they were eaten. And raved about, and snacked on, and then gone. The whole pan gone. You guys, this is one of the best recipes I’ve made in a long long time. The bars are dense and soft but still completely sturdy (perfect for cookie cutters) and they were just so good. Plus, they are beautiful. Shaun told me they were the best thing he’s eaten this year. Now, it was the first week of January and so I teased him about teasing me, and he said he meant 2012 too. And honestly, I made a second whole pan this week just for us. They are so very good. Put these on your list to make for Valentine’s treats because that red is just perfect.


Three large and three small heart shaped cheesecake bars arranged on a white plate.

Do Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies have to be refrigerated?

These brownies can be kept at room temperature for 1 or 2 days, but if you want the bars to last longer, you can store them in the fridge for up to one week.

Can the brownies be stored in the freezer?

Of course! The frozen bars can be stored in the freezer for up to 3 months.


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Red Velvet Cheesecake Bars

  • Author: Melissa Griffiths - Bless This Mess
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 12 large hearts or 40 bars 1x


Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies are a fun, decadent combination of your two favorite desserts that are as beautiful as they are delicious.



Red Velvet Layer:

  • 3 1/4 cups flour
  • 2 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 tablespoons milk, divided
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon red food coloring
  • 2 teaspoons white vinegar

Cheesecake Layer:

  • 2 8-ounce packages cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease with butter or cooking spray a 13×18 jelly roll pan and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, or the bowl of your stand mixer, add the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, salt, and baking powder. Stir to combine. In a small bowl add the eggs, oil, 2 tablespoons of milk, vanilla, food coloring, and white vinegar. Whisk the wet ingredient to combine. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredient and pour the wet ingredients into the center. Mix until well combine or with the cookie paddle attached, mix on medium-low speed until well combined. The batter will be very thick.
  3. Remove about 3/4 of a cup of the batter and put it in a small bowl (or the bowl the wet ingredients just came out of) and set aside. Spread the rest of the batter in the bottom of the jelly roll pan.
  4. To make the cheesecake layer combine the cream cheese and sugar in the bowl of your stand mixer and beat on medium speed until well combined and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add the eggs and vanilla and beat another minute until well combined. Spread the cheesecake layer evenly on top of the red velvet layer in the pan.
  5. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons of milk to the batter that you saved in the small bowl. Use a fork to whisk and combine it well. Drop the now thinned batter by small spoonfuls over the cheesecake layer and then use a toothpick to marble the cheesecake and thinned batter together. You just pull the toothpick across the top of the dessert with a bit of a swirling motion. Do this until it is marbled as much as you like.
  6. -OR-
  7. You can make little hearts on top! Do this by adding the thinned batter to a pastry bag with a small circle tip or in a ziplock bag (and you’ll cut off a little tip of the corner). Drop the icing in small circles onto the top of the cheesecake layer. You have to work kind of fast because the batter is thin enough that it just drips out of the bag if you aren’t moving pretty quick. Leave a little space in between the circles and it’ll be easier to make the hearts if the circles are in a line. The size of the dots ranged from dime-sized to about half that. Pull the end of a toothpick from the top of the circle to the bottom to make a heart. The hearts will look best if you don’t pick up the toothpick in between circles, just drag down the line.
  8. Bake the bars for 28-30 minutes, rotating the pan half way through baking. Let the bars cool in the pan for 20 minutes before cutting. Store leftovers in an air-tight container in the fridge.
  9. Notes: You don’t have to cut it into hearts. It would make a lot of cute little squares.

  • Category: Desserts
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American
Nutrition Information: YIELD: 40 SERVING SIZE: 1 bar
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 153.6 Fat: 5.9g Cholesterol: 8mg Sodium: 81mg Carbohydrates: 24.5g Sugars: 15.2g Protein: 1.9g Vitamin A: 8µg Vitamin C: 0mg

Keywords: brownies, cheesecake, red velvet

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Heart designs being created in the cheesecake layer with red spots of cheesecake and a toothpick.

A heart-shaped cookie cutter is being used to cut hearts out of the brownies after they have baked.

A close up shot of heart-shaped cheesecake bars on a white plate.

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This post was originally published in 2013 and has been updated in July 2019.

Red Velvet Cheesecake Bars are a sweet treat that are sure to impress with their looks and their tasty brownie and cheesecake flavor. Perfect for holidays or any day of the week!

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made these for vday & my hubby LOVED them!

These are super cute! I love the heart pattern.

These are gorgeous and they sound SO delicious! I’m brainstorming what dessert to make for Valentine’s Day… these just might be it. Yum!

mmmm..yes, please!

Definitely just saw this on my friend’s wall and immediately went to make them. It’s been a rough day – it was this or send my husband to the store for ice cream. But they are cooling right now and smell insanely delicious.

Forget Valentine’s Day–I know what I’m making TOMORROW!

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