Recipe | Red Velvet Brownies

Please say Hello! to my new favorite dessert — Red Velvet Brownies!

I love these brownies because they are not super chocolaty and they are a welcome deviation from my standard vanilla that I usually adore so much. Not to mention, they are soft and chewy and topped with the yummiest of frosting!

Red Velvet Brownies with White Chocolate Buttercream Frosting
source: adapted from How Sweet It Is

For the brownies:
1/2 cup (8 tbsp) unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
2 large eggs, at room temperature
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
3 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
2 oz red food coloring or 2 teaspoons if you are using the gel kind
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp salt

For the white chocolate buttercream frosting:

1/2 cup (8 tbsp) unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
4 oz good-quality white chocolate (not chips), melted
1 – 2 tbsp heavy cream
1/2 cup cream cheese

To make the brownies:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.  Butter and flour an 8″x8″ baking pan.

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together the butter and sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes (mine looked like puffy snow).  Add eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition, then stir in 2 teaspoons of vanilla.  With the mixer off, add in the sifted cocoa (to avoid any lumps that sometimes happens with cocoa) and food coloring, then turn the mixer to medium and beat the two mixtures together until they are one uniform color.  Slowly add in the flour and salt and mix on medium-low speed, just until combined.  Do not overmix.

Remove the bowl from the mixer and stir up the batter with a rubber spatula once or twice just to ensure all of the flour has incorporated from the sides of the bowl and there isn’t anything stuck on the bottom of the bowl.  You’ll want one uniformly colored (red) batter.

Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted into the center of the brownies.  Allow brownies to completely cool in the pan on a baking rack, about 45-60 minutes.  For prettier brownies, remove the entire batch from the pan to a cutting board, cut into 12 bars, THEN frost, and serve.

To make the frosting:
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter until soft and fluffy then beat in the vanilla.  With the mixer on low speed, slowly add in powdered sugar 1/2 cup at a time; allow the sugar to mix in before adding the next 1/2 cup. Once all of the sugar has been added, beat on medium speed for 30 seconds and scrape down the sides of the bowl.  Add in the melted white chocolate and cream cheese and beat on medium speed until incorporated.  (The original recipe did not include cream cheese, but it just wasn’t red velvet to me without the cream cheese frosting). With the mixer on low, add in heavy cream 1 tbsp at a time and beat at medium speed until the frosting has reached your desired consistency.

{Note: This makes a lot of frosting – I might try halving the frosting recipe next time}


211 thoughts on “Recipe | Red Velvet Brownies

  1. Oh wow… I love red velvet cake and this just looks like a celebration of wonderful decadence… ***bookmarking page now***. I’m going to have to come back and make these!

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  3. Clever idea! My favorite kind of pastry are the red velvet kind so I’ll certainly have fun making these. Also those are some very nice pictures. I like how you made the red contrast with the white. The straw really added a nice touch to it. 😉

    • yeah chrissie it really looks yummy just just finished swallowing Eba. Eba is an african dish. but i how is wish i had the sweet yummy dish on display instead. And by the way, your picture looks gorgeous. Ciao

  4. I am having a Pavlovian response as I helplessly read this blog of yours and see the yummy photos. If I go get my coffee can I please click the photo and eat it? (LOL!) Great job! Wow. The mouth watering flood is insane over here.

  5. I am so-o-o-o-o-o-o going to make these! I’m usually not very good at baking, but my mom just recently purchased a Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer, and we’ve baked a couple of things together that turned out really well…can’t wait to use on these!

    Thanks for sharing!

  6. Those look yummy! I’ve already printed out the recipe to try. 🙂

    I have a recipe that I have adapted to make a Red Velvet Cheesecake with Butter Cream Frosting. If interested, let me know and I can email it to you. It is very much like Stephanie’s Ultimate Red Velvet Cheesecake from the Cheesecake Factory. 🙂

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  9. That looks yummy! And simple too! I think, I am gonna have to test it next week… to celebrate my last week of vacation time with the kids.

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  11. This looks like heaven. Truly.

    I love Red Velvet Cake, and brownies are my favourite! I’m moving flat on Monday and this will be my first recipe I swear.

  12. I’ve had my thoughts on making brownies for the past couple of days but after looking at these brownies I definitely want to try this recipe instead of just the plain ole ones I was thinking about. Thanks for the recipe!

  13. I looooove red velvet cake…and I looooove brownies. Sounds like a match made in sugary heaven. Thanks for sharing!

  14. Sounds delicious! Plus the pictures made my daughter and i want to run make some to eat immediately! Loving the sharpness and contrast of your photos.

    • Awwww….I wish I could give everyone some to eat! I love baking with my Mom — have fun if you decide to make!!!

    • I have a food scale at home and can measure everything and convert to grams for you! If you are in a hurry perhaps try google. I have had to convert things from grams to cups before and I googled the conversion for each ingredient.

  15. oh my gosh, I love red velvet cake….but being diabetic means I have to keep things as sugar free as I can. Any suggestions for recipe modification?

    • Oh gosh, I do not have any experience with modifying for less sugar, sorry. But they are yummy too without any frosting which would help you out a bit!

    • being a diabetec also means watching the fat and things like that too i know cause my moms a diabetic try substituting sugar for splenda or stevia and eggs with flax seed and oil and butter with un-sweetened applesauce

      • im diabetic too, try taking out the sugar and liquid and using diet soda, like lemonade or mountain dew. in choc cake use dr pepper or coke. it sounds RIDICULOUS, but it totally works and it makes it really moist too. worth a shot 🙂

  16. This recipe looks delicious! Check out the recipe I have for MOMMACITA’S NACHOS on my blog! I don’t think it tops this though! These look so good! Thanks for sharing your knowledge with us!

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  18. Thankyouthankyouthankyouthankyou! Did I say thank you? Growing up I always hated red velvet anything, because I was so used to the nasty dried out version that everyone’s grandma had laying around. I have recently developed a love of baking, and I discovered that red velvet doesn’t have to be gross. I have since tried everything from red velvet sandwich cookies to various cakes. These look absolutely delicious and I can’t wait to try them. I hope you don;t mind that I shared this post with everyone I know.

  19. Wow. I have to share this with my sister. She will be so happy! Thanks for the post! And congrats on being Freshly Pressed.

  20. I dont know who came up with this genious ides but who ever did needs to be become a saint its my two favorite desserts in one!

  21. o and one more thing would you mind doing a guest post over on my blog? check it out “Nikki sweets” shoot me an email and let me know:D

  22. OMG! I love you. Red velvet cake has been my favorite for as long as I can remember. I get emotional just talking about it. I recently learned how to bake it myself, and vowed that I would never deviate from the recipe I found (it’s the Neely’s, BTW). You have made me a liar and I can’t wait to try this. Again, I love you.

  23. I would like to try and make these someday, do you know if altitude will affect these? i’m living at 7,600 ft above sea level and I’ve had baking not turn out as well as my former home at 500 ft. I still don’t know all the tips for changing altitude and baking.

  24. Can we in good conscience call them “brownies” when they’re red? Just sayin’ 😉 Reddies? I dunno.

    Whatever they’re called, they look amazing and definitely worth a try.

  25. Red velvet cake is my favorite dessert if all time,and when I saw this I knew I had to record the recipe. I will defiantly be trying it sometime soon!
    Lily Hex

  26. Woowww…the cake is so tempting n pretty….and the photos looks nice too!…
    I must try this recipe today ! 🙂

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  30. These look phenomenal and would look great mixed in with chocolate brownies on a platter. I always eat brownies with milk. It cuts the sweetness slightly. I have a blog on baked goods using recipes from my grandmother with all the good stuff like real butter. You might want to put a print button at the bottom of your blog so we can print our the recipe without printing out all the comments etc. Looks Good!

  31. THank you for sharing this recipe! I am so excited to try it. It looks awesome! And I love your website and your photos. I hope you can share how you process your shots. I love the treatment most especially the kids’ pictures.

  32. Just made these brownies and they were PERFECT!!! Can’t wait to use these for the next time I’m hosting. Even though I think my husband likes having them all to himself… Thanks for a great new treat and love your photos!

    • Oh so excited you made them!!! I almost wish the recipe made more than an 8×8 pan full of them, but I guess it keeps those husbands wanting more!! Thanks for the kind comments!

  33. I wish I could grab a sample from your photos so I could have a brownie right now! Now wouldn’t that be great! Talk about progressive software! LOL…I love your photos and your recipe. You now have a new follower!

  34. As all of the above have said, photos look amazing and the brownies look delicious! Now I just have to finally go out and buy myself a kitchenaid mixer (I had to leave my one back home in Australia!)

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  36. Thank you again for the recipe. I’ve made 3 batches since I read your post. I substituted cream cheese frosting, and last time, I added chopped pecans and a little buttermilk to the batter. Also, last time, I made the frosting thin enough to dip the brownies. Mmmm. That is all.

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