Red Velvet Brownies

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Red Velvet Brownies – fudgy homemade brownies with the classic red velvet color and flavor. Topped with a cream cheese frosting to take them to a whole new level!

red velvet brownies stacked on a white plate with a bite taken out of one

 

Red Velvet desserts have a that hint of chocolate flavor and a bright red color. These brownies don’t disappoint and definitely live up to the red velvet name. But you still get that super fudgy brownie you know and love.

And in true red velvet fashion they are topped with a decadent cream cheese frosting to make them the perfect dessert. If you love red velvet, don’t miss these Red Velvet Muffins for fun breakfast idea.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • If you aren’t a fan of frosting on your brownies, you can just leave them off and still have the shiny crackly top that brownies are known for.
  • Homemade brownies are just a few simple ingredients, so they only take a couple of minutes to mix together and get into the oven.
  • The bright red color makes them great for holidays, but still fitting for any day of the week.

What You’ll Need

  • Butter
  • Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
  • Granulated Sugar
  • Eggs
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Buttermilk
  • All-Purpose Flour
  • Baking Powder
  • Red Food Coloring

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • Cream Cheese
  • Softened Butter
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Powdered Sugar
  • Milk
red velvet brownie ingredients

How To Make Red Velvet Brownies

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  1. In a microwave safe bowl cut the butter into pieces. Add the chocolate chips and microwave for 1 minute. Remove from the microwave and stir until completely melted. Let it stand for 3-4 minutes to cool slightly.
  2. Meanwhile beat together sugar, eggs, vanilla and buttermilk until nice and smooth.
  3. Add the melted chocolate to the sugar mixture and mix until well combined.
  4. Now stir in your food coloring to your desired brightness. You need about 1 teaspoon of liquid food coloring to get the color in the pictures. You can add more or less for your liking.
  5. Mix in the flour and baking powder until it is just combined and no white streaks remain.
  6. Pour into prepared baking dish and bake for about 25 minutes until a tester comes out clean. Remove from the oven and let brownies cool completely.

To Make Frosting

  1. Beat together cream cheese and butter until nice and smooth.
  2. Add in the vanilla extract, powdered sugar, and milk. Beat until it is a spreadable and smooth consistency. You can adjust the sugar and milk if the frosting is too thick or thin.
spreading frosting on red velvet brownies

Recipe Tips

  • As with all brownie recipes, you want to make sure not to over mix them. The beating of the eggs is what helps give the crackly top they are known for. So you will want to mix in the food coloring before you add the flour, or they will be over mixed and not bake up as well.
  • Do not over bake your brownies. Once the edges are set and starting to crack, check for doneness. For the perfect chewy and fudgy texture, you do not want to over bake and have them dry out. Remember they will continue to cook after you remove from the oven. So crumbs on your toothpick are good, just not lots of raw better.
  • Make sure your brownies are completely cool before you top with frosting.
  • This recipe makes an 8 inch square pan. Want to double it? Bake in a 13×9 inch pan and just double all of the ingredients.
  • Feel free to skip the frosting if you don’t want to make it. You could also mix in white chocolate chips into the batter instead. It gives great texture and flavor to have them in each bite.
sliced brownies on a cutting board

Storage

Store your brownies in an airtight container for 3-4 days. If you did top with frosting, you will want to store in the fridge, because of the cream cheese. They will last closer to 5-6 days in the fridge. I like to just let them come to room temperature before serving.

Freezing

Brownies actually freeze pretty well. I like to let them thaw before topping with frosting. The frosting does freeze well, I just think it changes the texture slightly. You can freeze a whole pan or individual slices. Just let them thaw on the counter before serving.

close up red velvet brownies for pinterest

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close up stack of red velvet brownies with a bite missing from one
4.58 from 7 votes

Red Velvet Brownies

By Erin
Red Velvet Brownies – fudgy homemade brownies with the classic red velvet color and flavor. Topped with a cream cheese frosting to take them to a whole new level!
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 25 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Servings: 12

Ingredients 

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 4 oz cream cheese, room temperature
  • 2 Tablespoons softened butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons skim milk

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 350º F. Grease or line an 8 inch baking pan with parchment paper. Set aside.
  • In a microwave safe bowl cut the butter into pieces. Add the chocolate chips and microwave for 1 minute. Remove from the microwave and stir until completely melted. Let it stand for 3-4 minutes to cool slightly.
  • Meanwhile beat together sugar, eggs, vanilla and buttermilk until nice and smooth.
    mixing sugar and eggs into melted chocolate
  • Add the melted chocolate to the sugar mixture and mix until well combined.
  • Now stir in your food coloring to your desired brightness. You need about 1 teaspoon of liquid food coloring to get the color in the pictures. You can add more or less for your liking.
    adding food coloring to brownie batter
  • Mix in the flour and baking powder until it is just combined and no white streaks remain.
  • Pour into prepared baking dish and bake for about 25 minutes until a tester comes out clean. Remove from the oven and let brownies cool completely.
    red velvet brownie batter in baking pan

To Make Frosting

  • Beat together cream cheese and butter until nice and smooth.
  • Add in the vanilla extract, powdered sugar, and milk. Beat until it is a spreadable and smooth consistency. You can adjust the sugar and milk if the frosting is too thick or thin.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 336kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 68mg | Sodium: 107mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 35g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Author: Erin
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Course: Dessert Recipes
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12
Calories: 336
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7 Comments

  1. These red velvet brownies are absolutely amazing!! I can’t wait to try this for my family!! YUM!

  2. WOW! I would love to try these red velvet brownies! They look and sound insanely delicious! Thank you for sharing!