If you’ve read many of my recipes and recipe reviews, you’ve probably picked up on a trend: I tend to lean toward relatively simple recipes. If it can be made in one or two bowls, with only a few ingredients, I’m all over it.
That said, sometimes I love to go all out with a recipe. Take One Little Project’s Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies as an example. While it isn’t a difficult recipe, I don’t really consider it a simple one, either. The name alone is a mouthful, and you’re going to need quite a few ingredients and multiple bowls.
But you know what? The end result is totally worth it.
All in all, you’re going to need about four bowls for this recipe–two of them small, and the other two big enough for mixing. Then you’ll just need the regular equipment: spoons, a whisk, a hand mixer, a butter knife, and a baking pan. Plus, you know, an oven. But that last one is a given.
You’ll mix the brownie batter and the cheesecake batter separately, which is part of why you need so many bowls. Not to worry, though; these mixing steps are super easy. Seriously. I once made this recipe with a sprained wrist, and I had no trouble with it.
Doesn’t that brownie batter just look amazing? Let me tell you, it tastes even better. Chocolaty and tangy… it’s utterly delicious against the creamy cheesecake.
Speaking of which, you’ll want to be careful when swirling the two together. I didn’t quite manage to get this nice a swirl the first time I made these. I think it comes down to how much brownie batter you leave to drizzle on top; I used less this second time, and the brownies came out looking much nicer. That said, it could have been luck.
Even when the swirl doesn’t look as nice, though, you end up with a pretty great dessert. So don’t let it, or any of this recipe’s other not-so-simple aspects, stop you from making it.
To sum it up…
- Time to prepare and cook/bake: about 45 minutes.
- Difficulty: Easy, though not necessarily simple.
- How it tasted: Incredibly good; chocolaty, tangy, and creamy.
- Would I make it again: I’ve already made this more than once, and I won’t hesitate to make it again.