Looks like Christmas.
Don't these brownies just look like Christmas? They are truly delicious and look very impressive. Something a little different from the traditional Christmas Cookie, they are perfect choice for a cookie exchange party or as an addition to your dessert table at Christmas dinner. I just happen to know Santa loves them too.
Red Velvet Swirl Brownies
recipe adapted from Sunny Anderson, host "Cooking for Real"
Red Velvet Layer:
1 stick unsalted butter, melted
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1 tablespoon red food coloring
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
Cream Cheese Layer:
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Butter an 8 by 8-inch baking pan, and set aside.
Brownie layer: Add melted butter to a large bowl and add the sugar, vanilla, cocoa powder, salt, food coloring, and vinegar, in that order, mixing between additions. Whisk the eggs in a small bowl and stir it into the cocoa mix. Fold in the flour until lightly combined. Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan, saving 1/4 cup of the batter for the top.
Cream cheese layer: Blend together the cream cheese, sugar, egg, and vanilla in a medium bowl. Gently spread the cream cheese layer on top of the brownie batter in the pan. Dollop the remaining brownie batter over the cream cheese layer. Using a skewer or the tip of a knife, drag the tip through the cream cheese mixture to create a swirl pattern. Bake the brownies for 30 minutes. Remove to a cooling rack and allow them to cool completely before cutting.