These Red Velvet Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting have the perfect chewy texture with a cream cheese frosting that will melt in your mouth!
Nothing says ‘I love you!’ like red velvet does. There is just something so decadent about red velvet, it always puts me in a holiday mood. Maybe even a Christmas mood. Now, I’m not gonna break out Jingle Bells, Frosty the Snowman, or anything Christmas related, but the deep red color in red velvet always reminds me of Christmas. Is there something like that with you? Is there a particular food that reminds you of a certain holiday?
When I made these bars last week, I had initially thought that they would be in a container on the way with Zack to work. I can’t eat them because I’m hitting Jenny Craig hard, and I didn’t want them in the fridge sitting without being eaten, because I have making so many things to try and get ahead of my calendar this year.
The year that I quit work and started homeschooling Kelsie, I was about two months ahead of posts. At this moment, if it were then, I would already be working on recipes for May. < —– I was ahead of the game! It was awesome. So, I’m trying to get back to at least having posts a month ahead of time. It just helps in the fact that if I get sick and can’t bake/cook/photograph/edit/write at any time, or if we want to take vacation, which we are planning on doing, or if Kelsie gets sick, I want things to flow smoothly here while I’m away. Oh, back to why I didn’t want these here. Well, between these scrumptious red velvet bars with cream cheese frosting, the peanut butter stuffed brownies, and the lemon zucchini bread…there have been several sweets in our house lately. Let’s not forget what’s coming up either…let’s just say that lemon is a favorite at the moment. However, these guys managed to stay here. I can see why Zack and the girls are being selfish with them…they are amazing.
I only allowed myself to have one bite. It had been years since I had them, and I had sort of forgotten what they were actually like, as far as texture goes. You never forget how good these are. Never. Well, with one bite it didn’t give me the best chance to describe these to you. Bummer. I didn’t cave and eat more than the one bite…No really, I promise! I did enlist the help of Kayla though. She is in advanced culinary at school for goodness sake! She told me, and I quote “these have the texture of a cookie cake; that thick chewy brownie cookie like texture.” Ahhh, that sounds exactly what I remember that one bite being like! So, these red velvet bars with cream cheese frosting have a cookie cake texture. They are thick and chewy like a brownie and cookie would have. Thanks Kayla!
Do y’all see that? That thick perfect texture of that red velvet? Oh holy-moly, yum! That cream cheese is sweet but not over the top hurt your teeth sweet. Zack isn’t a huge fan of sweets, but these bad boys…he really can’t get enough of them! I’ve already been ask to make more, and there are still two in the fridge!
These are perfect for Valentine’s Day, obviously. But they would also be perfect for Christmas, or any other time of the year that you get a craving for red velvet! Way easier than baking a cake!
Red Velvet Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting
- 2 sticks butter softened to room temperature
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons red food coloring
- 3 1/3 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder
- 16 oz cream cheese softened to room temperature
- 1 stick butter softened to room temperature
- 1/2 tablespoon vanilla
- 2 cups powdered sugar
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Line a 9X13 baking dish with foil, and spray with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.
In a large bowl attached to a stand mixer, cream together the butter and sugar for a good two minutes, until it's nice and fluffy.
Beat in the eggs, one at a time.
With the mixer set to it's lowest setting, add the vanilla and food coloring. (careful with the food coloring, it may splash) Set aside.
In a medium bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, and cocoa powder together.
With the mixture turned on the lowest setting, slowly add in the flour mixture. Once all the flour has been poured in, mix until a soft dough forms.
Press this soft dough using your fingers or a rubber spatula into the bottom of your prepared baking pan. (this dough is sticky!)
Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
Allow to cool completely before frosting.
Once the bars are completely cooled, start the frosting.
Beat together the cream cheese and butter until fully incorporated.
Beat in the vanilla, and slowly add the powered sugar.
Once fully incorporated and creamy, frost the red velvet bars.
Store in an air tight container in the fridge for up to 14 days.