Peppermint Cheesecake Brownies -- These Peppermint Cheesecake Brownies are packed with festive peppermint flavor with a dreamy red and white swirl, making them the perfect holiday party dessert | wearenotmartha.com
Peppermint Cheesecake Brownies
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
45 mins
 

These Peppermint Cheesecake Brownies are packed with festive peppermint flavor with a dreamy red and white swirl, making them the perfect holiday party dessert.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Brownies, cheesecake, holidays, Peppermint
Servings: 16 cheesecake squares
Ingredients
Peppermint Cheesecake Topping
  • 8 oz. low-fat cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp peppermint extract
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg white
  • 1 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • Red food coloring
Brownie Bottom
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1 large egg
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees and lightly spray a 9x9 pan with cooking spray.

  2. Put cream cheese in the bowl of a stand mixer or in a large bowl with a hand mixer and beat it at medium speed for about 2 minutes, until smooth.

  3. Add granulated sugar and peppermint extract and beat together until well combined. Add the whole egg and the 1 egg white and beat well. Add flour and beat until just combined.

  4. Divide cream cheese batter into two bowls. Leave on bowl as is and stir in a few drops of red food coloring to the other bowl, until mixture reaches the shade of pink or red you desire. 

  5. For brownie batter, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, and salt in a medium bowl.

  6. In the bowl of a stand mixer or in a large bowl with a hand mixer, combine brown sugar, oil, buttermilk, vanilla, whole egg, and 2 egg whites and beat until just blended.

  7. Pour brownie batter into prepared pan. Pour white cream cheese mixture on top of the brownie batter, spreading to the edges. Dot the  red batter over the top and gently swirl with the white using the tip of a knife.

  8. Bake for 25-27 minutes, until the cheesecake topping is set. Cool in pan on a wire rack before slicing into squares.

Recipe Notes