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Red Velvet Cheesecake Bars

Red Velvet Cheesecake Bars on Whisk Together

Happy Valentine’s Day!  I thought these would be perfect for Valentine’s.  We have made them in single and double batches for big and small crowds.  The cheesecake portion is really divine – I actually like it better the next day cold out of the refrigerator.

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Red Velvet Cheesecake Bars

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Serving Size: 16


  • 1 stick (8 Tb. or 1/2 cup) butter, melted
  • 1 cup (7 oz.) sugar
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/4 cup natural baking cocoa/unsweetened cocoa
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 1 Tb. liquid red food coloring
  • 3/4 tsp. white vinegar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips (optional)
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 8x8" or 9x9" pan with baker's joy, cooking spray or parchment paper. Use a 9x13" pan to double the recipe.
  2. In a great bit bowl: mix melted butter, sugar, vanilla, cocoa, salt, coloring, and vinegar.
  3. Add eggs.
  4. Add flour. Fold in white chocolate chips (optional). Pour into the pan.
  5. In a medium bowl: mix cream cheese, sugar, egg yolk and vanilla. Drop this mixture onto the red bar mixture in large spoonfuls. Swirl with a knife. Less is usually better here.
  6. Bake the 8x8 or 9x9 pan for 28-30 minutes. Bake a 9x13" pan for 38-42 minutes. Cool, cut and eat!

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Recipe adapted from Sunny Anderson on Food Network

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