These Red Velvet Cheesecake Bars are a red velvet lovers dream come true! They’re perfect for sharing and you’ll leave everyone craving more!
Have you ever noticed that people who like red velvet don’t just “like” it, they LOVE it! Well this recipe will stand up to any red velvet lovers critiques! It has just the right amount of chocolate and, in my opinion, the cheesecake layer is much easier to transport and eat than frosting.
Since these are bars, they are great for sharing! You can take them to work, pack them for a special school treat or bring then to a party! They make a really special Valentines Day treat for school friends too!
How to make Red Velvet Cheesecake Bars
The first step is preparing the pan. There’s no point in making great red velvet bars if you can’t get them out of the pan…believe me, I’ve done it! You can use parchment paper AND non-stick spray but if you don’t have parchment, just spray the pan very well with non-stick spray. If you have neither, just coat the pan with butter.
Next you’ll want to melt the butter and the chocolate together. I use the semi-sweet baking squares to make it easy to measure. You can find them at the grocery store by the chocolate chips and the bar will have measurements on it so you know exactly how much to melt. I also cut the butter into smaller pieces so it melts faster. Once you’ve melted them together, set the bowl aside.
Now it’s time to make the red velvet batter! You’ll want to do this in a larger bowl. Add in the sugar, eggs, vanilla, and red food coloring and beat together. It should be a bright pinkish red color, as will your fingers. Then you’ll add in the melted chocolate mixture that will give it that deep richer red color. Beat together to combine.
Then you can sprinkle in the flour and gently stir together with a spatula until there is no more white flour showing. Pour the batter into the prepared pan.
Now for my favorite part…the cheesecake! Now here are the very tricky instructions: add all the cheesecake ingredients to a bowl and beat to combine. Phew! Try to restrain yourself from licking the spoon (I failed).
Now it may seen like too much cheesecake batter but it’s not…you’re welcome! Dollop spoonfuls onto the red velvet batter and swirl it together with a knife or spoon.
Side note: when I first thought about making this recipe, I thought “Oh these Red Velvet Cheesecake Bars are going to be so cute for Valentines day. I’m going to swirl the batter into little hearts on top.” Well, I clearly have no talent in the heart swirling department. So, if you get yours to look way better than mine (which shouldn’t be hard), please send me a picture!
Anyways, no matter how it looks, it will be delicious and that’s what we’re here for!
So after swirling your swirls to your hearts content, bake in the oven for 35-40 minutes. Then let them cool on the counter while your house fills with the smell of heaven. Then slice and enjoy!
Red Velvet Cheesecake Bars
- Parchment Paper
- Non-stick spray
- 8x8 baking dish
Red Velvet Layer
- 1/2 cup salted butter
- 2 ounces semi-sweet baking chocolate
- 1 cup white sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 teaspoons red food coloring
- 2/3 cup all purpose flour
- 8 ounces cream cheese (softened)
- 1 large egg
- 1/3 cup white sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees.
- Prepare an 8x8 pan by lining it with parchment paper and spraying it with non-stick spray. (if you don't have parchment, just spray very well.)
- Add the butter and the baking chocolate to a small bowl and melt together in the microwave. Start with 30 seconds, then stir and continue in 30 second intervals until melted. Set aside to cool.
- In a larger bowl, add in the sugar, eggs, vanilla extract, red coloring. Beat together with an electric mixer or whisk.
- Add in the chocolate/butter mixture and beat again until combined.
- Sprinkle the flour over the batter and use a spatula to incorporate into the batter.
- Pour the batter into your prepared pan and set aside while you make the cheesecake mixture.
- Add all of the cheesecake ingredients (cream cheese, egg, sugar, and vanilla) to a small bowl and beat until combined.
- Spoon the mixture into dollops all over the red velvet batter.
- Use a spoon or knife to swirl the cheesecake mixture into the red velvet batter.
- Bake in the oven for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
- Allow to cool in the pan then slice and serve!