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I know, another red velvet recipe. But I couldn’t help myself…these were too good not to share STAT.

Red Velvet Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars (13 of 13)w


Okay food bloggers, back me up on this one:

You bake a few recipes on the same day. You plan out your editorial calendar for the month and the recipes you made are scheduled out a few weeks apart. Then you taste the recipes.

And you have to posthemrightnowbeforeanyonepoststhesamething. RIGHT?

Like, I don’t think that Red Velvet Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars are super unique. In fact, I didn’t Google them because I know there are probably 4000 versions. But these were SO good and so pretty that I had to post them this week, even though I just posted Red Velvet Blondies on Sunday.

Will you forgive me? I bring cheesecake to the table…

Red Velvet Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars

I can never get enough cheesecake bars. I mean, I like a regular round springform pan cheesecake just as much as the next girl, and mini cheesecakes are considered a food group in my house. But cheesecake bars? Priceless. They’re easy to make, easy to cut, and even easier to serve. And? You can eat them with your hands. This makes them the perfect party food.

These cheesecake bars have a thick and soft red velvet crust. For me, the crust is the best part of…well…anything, so I like a nice thick one. I used a cake mix for the crust and used an egg and some butter to make it a thick dough, like cookie dough. The dough gets pressed in the pan and then topped with the cheesecake mixture.

Now, for you red velvet haters (if you’ve made it this far in the post and not just clicked off thinking “Ew, red dye, how gross, she’s killing herself from the inside”), because I used a cake mix for this recipe, you can use your favorite flavor. Prefer chocolate? Funfetti? Yellow? Use your favorite cake mix to make your favorite cheesecake bar crust.

Then, obviously, you need a cheesecake layer. A few notes about cheesecake bar making (rules that actually are good for ALL cheesecake making):

  • Your ingredients MUST BE ROOM TEMPERATURE. No excuses. Leave your cream cheese, egg, and sour cream out on the counter for a few hours before you make this cheesecake. I have been known to microwave both sour cream and cream cheese but it’s better if you remember to leave it out. Room temperature = LESS LUMPS.
  • If you have a stand mixer, I suggest you use it to mix up the cheesecake layer. I’ve found that the power of a stand mixer mixes the ingredients and gets out any lumps much better than a hand mixer (but a hand mixer will do if that’s all you have).
  • Be sure and beat the cream cheese alone in the mixer first, until it’s smooth. Then add the sugar and mix until it’s smooth. Then add your egg, sour cream, and vanilla. Again, this helps reduce the lumps.

Once it’s baked and completely cool, you should chill it for a few hours (or overnight) before cutting. It just helps the cheesecake set.

Red Velvet isn’t just good for Christmas or Valentine’s Day. It’s good all year long…especially when it’s paired with cheesecake.

Which is why I had to post it RIGHT NOW. I just couldn’t wait any more!

Red Velvet Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars (2 of 13)


Stack of Red Velvet Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars

Red Velvet Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars

5 from 1 vote
Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Bars with a red velvet crust!
Yield 24 bars


  • 1 box 16.5 ounces red velvet cake mix
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 8 ounces cream cheese room temperature
  • 1 egg room temperature
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup sour cream room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips


  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 9x13” pan with foil and spray with cooking spray.
  • Mix butter, egg, and cake mix in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. You can also use a hand mixer but it will take longer. Mix until a thick cookie dough is formed. Press into the bottom of the prepared pan.
  • Beat cream cheese until smooth. Mix in sugar until smooth. Mix in egg, sour cream, and vanilla and beat until no lumps remain. (Your ingredients MUST be room temperature. A stand mixer does the job best, but a hand mixer will suffice if needed.) Stir in chocolate chips and pour over red velvet mixture.
  • Bake for about 30 minutes, until cheesecake starts to brown around the edges and is no longer wet looking (it will still jiggle slightly in the center). Cool completely to room temperature, then chill (4 hours or overnight is best) before slicing into bars.
Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate
Author Dorothy Kern

Click here for my complete list of Valentine’s Day Recipes!

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Sweets from friends:
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Mini Red Velvet Cheesecakes by Sally’s Baking Addiction
Red Velvet Cheesecake Bars by Baked by Rachel
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Last Updated on January 22, 2019

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  1. Gimme gimme gimme! The more red velvet (especially right now for Valentine’s Day), the better! And yes, I’ve totally had those plans-gone-awry moments. But if the recipe is that good, it’s totally worth it! Pinned!

  2. I’ll admit I have a love hate relationship with red velvet (my daughter loves it so I do make stuff occasionally)…and yes, it’s all about the red dye…so when I do color outside the lines and make something red velvet, I freak out and never use enough dye to make it a very RED red velvet, and by then, why did I bother?. And yes, I’ll be posting birthday cakes I’ve made sometime in the future that have dyed frosting to create whatever my kids’ latest passion is/was…so dye does happen here once in a while…..your bars look great and really, anyone that makes red velvet from scratch doesn’t HAVE to use the dye for it to taste the same, right? And your recipe gives so many mix options, who could complain? So, no need for haters…just flexible bakers 🙂

  3. Yes! Totally have those moments all the time. Then when someone posts first you have to decide whether to hold off a few more weeks or just say “to heck with it” and post anyway. I’m so glad you shared these with us today though because this is my favorite version. They look gorgeous! 

  4. I never realized howm any red velvet recipes you have! Love that! 🙂

    And I was chuckling about your red dye poisoning you comment. I just had a super irate comment over pudding mix. Cake mix, pudding mix, red dye, bring it ) And bring these! They’re gorgeous!

  5. Love the red velvet and cheesecake combination! And, of course, the chocolate chips are a great added bonus!

  6. Love that you used cake mix & that it should be made the day before! Makes me get my dessert done first 🙂 Because that’s what’s MOST important.

  7. I’m so glad you decided to share these now! Red velvet and cream cheese, PLUS chocolate chips? Sold!

  8. These bars look delicious!! And I love that you can easily switch out the red velvet layer for a different flavor (I have non-red velvet eaters in my house…)! 

  9. I’ve been working in real time, so I don’t have several posts planned ahead, although I generally have some ideas. So, I just do my thing, lol, and not worry about racing anyone. These bars sound so good!

    1. Normally I don’t care…but sometimes I just want to get it out there. There are a few other bloggers who are on my wavelength!