Red Velvet Cheesecake Milkshake

Prep 5 mins
Total 5 mins

I have now made two Valentine’s Day recipes and it’s not even February yet. Because of this, Jorge has been having night sweats. No, it’s not because he has a fear of everything being red, pink and white. And while we both think a chubby naked guy flying around with a bow and arrow is creepy, that’s not what has him all in a tizzy either. The poor guy is actually terrified I am going to make him do something “traditional” for Vday.

Jorge and I have only celebrated Vday, in the normal way, once. We went to a restaurant that was packed, ate off the preselected menu (which drove me crazy — special short menus suck), and we spent over $200 to celebrate a random tuesday night in February. The next year we started a new tradition that, if you know us, makes a lot more sense.

First, we pick a store; last year it was Target. Then we set a price limit, usually $20 per person. And lastly, a time limit…10 minutes till we have to meet back at the car. Then we walk in together, grab baskets, and go Mission Impossible style shopping around the store. You can’t let the other one see what you have…which means a lot of jumping around corners and scurrying out of aisles when you see the other one coming. It’s incredibly hysterical to sneak around corners and run down aisles while other shoppers stare at you like you have 4 boobs and a curly tail.

After the time is up, we dart back to the car and exchange our gifts right there in the parking lot. Last year I bought Jorge a nerf dart gun and a bottle of wine. He bought me a big bottle of wine (notice a pattern yet?), a bag of Godiva chocolates and a smell good candle. We went home, curled up on the couch, lit my smell good candle and drank both bottles of wine. Then we finished the night with a nerf gun war and the bag of Godiva chocolates.

It is pretty much the best tradition I have ever had. So don’t worry honey, I couldn’t imagine going back to short/special Valentine’s menus, overpriced wine and being surrounded by those annoying, newly in love couples. I will meet you on February 14th, 2012 at Target at 5pm. I will be the one wearing yoga pants so I can stealthily run down the aisles.

I promised all of you that I had an idea to use up the scraps from the Marbled Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies. And that promise is the only thing that kept me from eating ALL of the scraps by themselves. Seriously, if it weren’t for that promise this milkshake wouldn’t be here right now.

I love using leftover desserts to make delicious milkshakes and these were no exception. I really liked the flavor the cheesecake gives to the milkshake…and you just can’t beat that fun pink color! The recipe calls for Bluebell ice cream. Sure, you could use another brand…but I am from Texas, which means I think Bluebell is the So you should use it…because I said so. πŸ™‚

Yield: 1 milkshake

Red Velvet Cheesecake Milkshake

Red velvet milkshake with a red and white straw in a glass with a white napkin.

This Red Velvet Cheesecake Milkshake, made with ice cream and red velvet cheesecake brownies, is absolutely delicious. A homemade milkshake like this one tastes even better when enjoyed on Valentine's Day, too!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes


  • 4 scoops Bluebell Vanilla Ice Cream
  • a big handful (about 1/2 cup) Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownie scraps
  • 1/4 cup whole milk


  1. In a blender, combine ice cream, brownie scraps, and milk. Puree until smooth.
  2. Pour into a frosted glass and garnish with a few more chopped up scraps. Sure, you could also add whip cream if you are into that sort of thing…but I prefer to get right to the good stuff. 🙂

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 838Total Fat: 43gSaturated Fat: 24gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 154mgSodium: 416mgCarbohydrates: 101gFiber: 2gSugar: 64gProtein: 14g

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64 Responses
  1. Monica

    Wow, this looks amazing, Jessica! I just discovered your beautiful blog and happened to click my way here starting with the Blueberry Lime Cream Cheese Pound Cake! Everything looks amazing, and I simply loved your untraditional Valentines’ Day story…even though it’s not even close to February haha.

  2. Savannah

    I’ve never been on your blog before, but you have DELICIOUS recipes! Also, the minute you said you were a Bluebell fan, I became a YOU fan! I’ve got your blog in my bookmarks bar!

  3. Melissa chase Decator

    I wonder if you dried the scraps over night on a cookie sheet or in a food dehydrator. maybe you could use them lie gram-cracker crumbs. IE Strawberry cream pie. What do ya think?

  4. Eat Drink Play London

    Absolutely love this idea – your food looks divine! Will have to add these to the “to-cook” list ASAP πŸ™‚

  5. Teronia Bayonne (Tara)

    I LOVE this idea. My fiance loves red velvet (he may hate it after I make everything red velvet under the sun) and i’m always looking for a new twist. Our Valentine’s isn’t quite traditional, this year we are going to Chuck E Cheese’s. I’m pretty sure that I enjoy the games more than our daughter does. Yours sounds like fun, have a Happy V-day!

  6. Lanee

    I plan to start a Vday tradition consisting of take-out for two, a movie, & a couch. Much more intimate than standing in line with 50 strangers to get into a noisy/crowded/overpriced restaurant. =)

  7. Jamie

    Beautiful! My French husband despises Valentine’s Day and every single year for 25 years he rants and raves about how nonsensical and commercial it is and something so American has no place in France and then continues to tell me he refuses to participate. Then on V Day he brings me flowers, chocolates, makes a special lunch for me. *sigh* And I bake for him. Your photo is stunning and I bet this tastes divine!

    1. Stan Smith

      Hilarious. But that’s how relationships go sometimes. I had a Chinese engineering manager who said Chinese don’t do valentines Day. I told him he better wise up when all the other gals were getting flowers you are going to look bad.

      then a couple hours later I got an email asking me who my florist was.

  8. Allie @ Supper With a Pupper

    I have been following your blog for a while now, and for some reason, never felt compelled to comment until now. I don’t know why I waited so long! This looks absolutely amazing!
    Aaaaaaannnnnnddddd like the 40 other people who posted before me, I’m going to steal your tradition. It’s so increasingly hard to think of cutesy little romantic things to do throughout V-Day, and this is so simple yet more romantic than trite, forced gifts and activities. THANK YOU!

  9. Jenni

    That’s the way we shop for our Christmas stockings! It is the funnest! And a smell good candle is always welcome:) Have a fabulous, non-traditional Valentines’ Day!

  10. Jean (Lemons and Anchovies)

    I love your Valentine’s Day tradition–so much more special and fun! My husband and I don’t make a big to-do over the holiday so I usually just make something a little bit more special us to eat.

    Your milkshake idea is BRILLIANT! Love it!

  11. Suzanne

    The dessert sounds excellent, but I have to comment on your wonderful V-Day tradition. My first year as a newlywed I put together a wonderful assortment of appetizers and wine and the hubs and I had a “picnic” in our living room. This was just supposed to be the windup before our “amazing” V-Day dinner with a million other couples. We too spent a ton of money on mediocre food and had a crappy time and kept wishing we were back at home. I learned my lesson – create your own special valentines tradition and don’t go for the canned flowers/chocolate/overpriced dinner option on February 14th!

  12. Deborah

    That sounds like the best Valentine’s day idea ever – I just may have to steal that this year!! And this shake is pretty much the best idea ever, too!!

  13. Joanne

    I love your tradition. I’d much rather do that than eat a subpar menu at a crowded restaurant! Plus target has all the best flavors of Hershey’s kisses and M&M’s. That’s where it’s AT.

    You’ve made my V-day with this milkshake. I’ll be drinking it. For reals.

  14. amy (fearless homemaker)

    what a fabulous tradition you + jorge have. love it! oh, and this milkshake? i love that, too. i could definitely go for one right now. =)

  15. Paula

    I love your $20 limit Valentine tradition! What a fun way to celebrate the day that is so over-hyped and over-priced. You two are a very smart couple. Enjoy your shopping expedition this year (hope there is more wine involved).

    Oops, almost forgot to tell you how wonderful that milkshake looks!

  16. Christina @ ovenadventures

    ok totally ridiculous but your tradition (the new one of course) made me get teary eyed. That IS what Valentine’s Day should be. Doing something silly and funny and still heart felt with the one you love for $20 and Target.

    I’ve never had bluebell we don’t have it in Canada. I think I need to go to Texas!

  17. Mandy

    !!!! HEADED TO THE STORE NOW !!!!!! Thank you for this GREAT use of the leftover pieces (if there will be any in my house, not sure. I may have to hide the pieces from the kids and husband.) LOL… πŸ˜€

  18. Lauren at Keep It Sweet

    Beyond in love! My husband and I have only gone out for a Valentine’s dinner a couple of times… I actually think it is much more fun to stay in and cook a nice dinner together!

  19. DessertForTwo

    Three things:

    1. I love this Vday tradition!
    2. Yes Blue Bell is the best ice cream ever!
    3. Can I have this for breakfast, now please?

  20. Erin

    And now you have solidified the reasons for me to make those cookies. Not that I had nay doubts of making them before, but now I can make something out of the scraps too!? Yes!

  21. JulieD

    You’re amazing! This is beautiful…and what an awesome tradition!! I can’t wait to see what store you guys choose and end up getting each other this Valentine’s.

  22. thelittleloaf

    This looks like the perfect accompaniment to those gorgeous heart shaped brownies you made. Could happily wolf them both down right now, Valentine’s Day or not πŸ™‚

  23. Krissy @ Krissy's Creations

    Wonderful tradition! Me and my husband did the restaurant thing too at the beginning of the relationship, but it’s totally not worth it. Much better to stay at home :). What a wonderful use of the scraps of your brownies – Looks delicious!

  24. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga

    I love this. The traditions, that it’s under $20, that you run around Target like a nut (me too, even on non-Vday challenges…haha!) and the milkshake…YUM!

  25. Kimiko

    Omg, I love your V-Day tradition! That sounds like so much fun! We’re also not big on fancy Valentines Day dinners, but we’ve never spend our V-Day running around Target either! LOL. I think your way sounds way better than the traditional way!

  26. Lauren

    You are brilliant! I ate all of my scraps…but I had to try this! So I used a few of my hearts to make a milkshake right now.

    3 minutes later I have the most delicious milkshake! Thank you!!

  27. Marsha @ The Harried Cook

    ooooooooooooooh… i love red velvet ANYTHING! This would hit the spot… and how appropriate for valentine’s day! Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

  28. Dawn

    The cheesecake brownies and milkshake sound fabulous, but I’m seriously cracking up over the image of the Target shopping. I love it!

  29. Gina @ Running to the Kitchen

    I’m not sure which one makes me want to make the cheesecake brownies more, the milkshake or the actual brownies!
    Scaled down menus totally suck. No idea why people would want to pay even more for less options at a restaurant.

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