December 12, 2010


I saw these red velvet bars on a recent episode of Semi-Homemade with Sandra Lee.  I gave them a try and I thought they ended up tasting really good.  The cake part has the same texture as a brownie and they tasted exactly like a  cheesecake brownie.  They were so easy to make.  I cut the recipe in half and baked them for 42 minutes.
Red Velvet Bars
adapted from: Sandra Lee

1 stick (8 Tbl.) butter, softened
1 german chocolate cake mix
1 egg
1 oz. bottle red food coloring

Cream Cheese Layer:
16 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/2 c. sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  For the bars: combine butter, cake mix, egg and red food coloring.  Batter will be stiff.  Spread into a greased 9X13 inch cake pan.  For the cream cheese layer:  Beat together the cream cheese and sugar until creamy.  Add the eggs and vanilla and beat until smooth.  Spread over batter.  Bake for 40-45 minutes or until bars barely start to pull away from sides of pan.  Cool completely before cutting.  


  1. These look so yummy! I will have to try them.

  2. It's so unladylike to drool all over my keyboard, but your recipe made me do it!

  3. i just found your blog {from your feature on Whipperberry's Friday Flair... congrats!} and I'm loving it! These Red Velvet bars look soooooo good! I just pinned them and can't wait to bake them soon!
    Laurie @ Gallamore West
    p.s. I'm your newest follower :)

  4. Delicious! Your sidebar to the left just keeps sucking me in further and further... :/ This recipe is beautiful! I think I'll save it for the holiday parties :D

  5. what is one cube of butter?

  6. @Anonymous - One cube of butter is the same as 1 stick of butter or 8 Tablespoons. - Jenn

  7. Hi Jenn -
    I tried this recipe last night, and somehow, though seemingly simple, something went awry. They turned out super dry. :(
    Perhaps an extra egg? Something to goo up the batter a bit more? Did I overmix?

    1. I'm sorry they turned out dry for you. You could try adding an extra egg, but I would try baking them for a shorter period of time. - Jenn

    2. We were expecting the gooey part to be a bit sweeter, too... They were ok, but just a little bland.

  8. Meredith - not giving up :)March 26, 2012 at 7:31 PM

    I think you might be right....I think boyfriend's oven cooks faster than mine. I shall try again :)


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