Gluten-Free Red Velvet Swirl Brownies

Oh, red velvet, you are a tempting little vixen. 

More glamorous than chocolate. More devilish than vanilla. You are a mysterious combination of both worlds, and that's what keeps us coming back for more. 

What exactly is "red velvet"? Well, it's a deep red cake typically made with cocoa and buttermilk, topped with a cooked white roux or cream cheese frosting. There are actually a lot of theories out there about how it came to be. Some say it was created when foods were rationed during World War II, and bakers used boiled beet juices to enhance the colors of their cakes. Others credit the rise of red velvet to the Adams Extract Company in Texas, which sold food coloring and gave away recipes during the Great Depression. 

Whatever the source, the allure of red velvet is still going strong today - and it's inspired everything from pancakes to cookies to yogurt. 

So what's our twist on this traditional Southern favorite? Rich, dreamy brownies made with our Gluten-Free Fudgy Brownie Mix - complete with luscious swirls of cream cheese!

Whether you're looking for Valentine's Day sweets or just a gorgeous dessert anytime, give this one a try. It's simple, delicious, and best of all, gluten-free. 

What's not to love?

- Jen

Gluten Free Red Velvet Swirl Brownies

Ingredients

  • Gluten-Free Fudgy Brownie Mix
  • ½ cup(1 stick) melted butter
  • ¼ cup buttermilk
  • 2 Tbsp. red food coloring
  • 3 eggs, divided
  • 8 oz. softened cream cheese
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ½ tsp. vanilla extract

Directions

Preheat oven to 350°. Combine first 4 ingredients and 2 eggs; reserve about ¼ cup of batter. Pour remaining batter into a greased 8 x 8 baking pan. In a medium bowl, combine cream cheese, remaining egg, sugar and vanilla; stir until smooth. Gently spread over brownie batter; dollop reserved brownie batter on top. Swirl together using a butter knife. Bake 45 minutes or until set. Cool completely. Makes about 16 servings.

Tips and Hints

  • No buttermilk on hand? No worries! Just fill your ¼ cup close to the top with regular milk, add 1 tsp. white vinegar and let it sit for 5 minutes. It's an easy substitute!
  • For best results, make sure your cream cheese and eggs are at room temperature before you begin. That's a great rule of thumb whenever you make cheesecakes or cheesecake-type desserts ... it helps create a smoother, creamier texture.
  • You can store these brownies in the refrigerator - just let them sit at room temperature about 20 minutes before serving.
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