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Red Velvet Cream Cheese Swirl Brownies

Red Velvet Cream Cheese Swirl Brownies

I love red velvet cake, but sometimes it's just too much effort to bake a cake, wait for it to cool, make the icing, frost the cake...you get the idea. Sometimes you want instant gratification. And these come pretty darn close.

Joelen makes a simple red velvet brownie batter and then swirls a cream cheese layer through before baking. A quick 30 minutes later these yummy beauties emerge. Voila! Everything you love about red velvet in cake in half the time!

Recipe: Red Velvet Cream Cheese Swirl Brownies

Rich Coffeecake with Sweet Cheese Filling

Rich Coffeecake with Sweet Cheese Filling

Shanon warms up her weekend with this classic yeast-risen cake:

"I couldn't wait to post it. Especially on a Sunday morning. What a perfect day for a coffeecake... So, as I write this, I just want to let you know that I ate half of the coffeecake today. Half of it. It's that good……"

That's a pretty compelling testimonial!

Recipe: Rich Coffeecake with Sweet Cheese Filling

Red Velvet Cupcakes

Red Velvet Cupcakes

A red velvet recipe that has converted me! These are moist, fluffy, with a hint of chocolate, and the perfect vehicle for piles of cream cheese frosting. From The Hummingbird Bakery Cookbook.

Recipe: Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Carrot Molasses Cakes

Carrot Molasses Cakes

Good things really do come in small packages - especially when it comes to desserts. Matt bakes up these "individual molasses carrot cakes with cream cheese frosting for a layer of loveliness" using a combination of healthy and rich ingredients. I'm in!

Recipe: Carrot Molasses Cakes

Vegan Halloween Pumpkin Cupcakes

Vegan Halloween Pumpkin Cupcakes

How about some ghoulishly cute pumpkin cupcakes with non-dairy vanilla cream cheese frosting for the little goblins living in your haunted house? Now these aren't just any Halloween cupcakes. They're rich, delicious, wonderfully spiced, and even a tad healthy - bwahh-ha-ha-ha!

Recipe: Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Dulce de Leche Cheesecake

Dulce de Leche Cheesecake

Dulce de leche, otherwise known as milk caramel, is the star of this delicious, Spanish-inspired dessert. Jess adds dulce de leche to a classic cheesecake batter, makes a crushed Oreo cookie crust and then drizzles more dulce de leche on top.

The caramel and cream cheese combine beautifully to deliver a cheesecake that is "creamy and smooth." Jess, I can see why your coworkers wanted to lick the plate...I would, too!

Recipe: Dulce de Leche Cheesecake

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins

Perfect pumpkin muffins with a delicious pocket of sweetened cream cheese and topped with pecan streusel. A perfect breakfast for chilly fall mornings!

Recipe: Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins with Pecan Streusel

Pumpkin Chai Blondies

Pumpkin Chai Blondies

With cool weather also comes cravings for spiced desserts and these blondies are perfect for such cravings. They combine pumpkin with the flavors of chai tea and are topped with a glorious spiced cream cheese frosting. Kelsey calls them one of the most delicious things she's ever made.

Recipe: Pumpkin Chai Blondies

Death by Chocolate Checkered Cheesecake

Death by Chocolate Checkered Cheesecake

Talk about stylish decadence: a rich chocolaty "death by chocolate" cake checkered with luscious vanilla cheesecake - and crowned with white chocolate cheesecake frosting. I love it!

Recipe: Death by Chocolate Cheesecake

Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls

Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls

Whoa! Cinnamon roll meets pumpkin and gets slathered in sweet cinnamon-sticky goodness. Rich, tender and flaky, and bursting with flavor, these could well be the ultimate fall pastry.

Bonus: These have less fat than traditional cinnamon rolls, as much of the fat was cut and replaced with pumpkin "making it even more decadent and gooey than a traditional cinnamon roll!"

Recipe: Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Icing