January 20, 2023| By

Red Velvet Brownies

Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 28 mins
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If you love red velvet cake and a classic fudgy brownie, this red velvet brownies recipe is for you! The homemade brownies are fudgy and soft and topped with a luscious cream cheese frosting.

For more brownie recipes, try my cosmic brownies and oreo brownies!

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red velvet brownies stacked on top of each other next to a glass of milk.
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Red velvet cake is one of my favorite desserts. I describe the taste as a mix of vanilla and subtle hints of cocoa for a mild chocolate flavor. These brownies have that classic red velvet flavor with the fudgy texture of a brownie and literally melt in your mouth.

The brownies are easy to make and even easier to eat. You'll find yourself snacking on these decadent fudgy brownies in a state of total bliss!

These easy red velvet brownies are perfect for valentine's day or galentine's day and are so delicious with a little ice cream or a glass of cold milk!

This red velvet brownie recipe is loosely based on my cosmic brownies recipe - very soft, smooth, and fudgy texture.

You'll Love This Recipe!

an up close photo of a red velvet brownie with cream cheese frosting.
  • Easy to make! This recipe could not be easier to make. Simply combine the wet and dry ingredients and bake! Best part, baking time is only 25 minutes!
  • Perfect for special occasions! These are the best red velvet brownies and everyone else will agree! Make these for any occasion, especially girl's night or valentine's day!
  • Fudgy and delicious! Need I say more? The fudgy texture of these brownies makes them such a treat to enjoy!

Ingredients

ingredients to make red velvet brownies - flour, sugar, brown sugar, eggs, egg yolk, butter, oil, cocoa powder, salt, red food coloring, and sour cream.

Here's what you'll need:

  • Eggs and Egg Yolk - that extra egg yolk really enhances the flavor and adds to the fudgy texture.
  • Sugar and Brown Sugar - for sweetness, moisture, and flavor.
  • Unsalted butter - we're using melted unsalted butter, so no worries about having to wait for your butter to come to room temperature.
  • Vegetable Oil - oil is what makes the fudgy red velvet brownies nice and soft. It makes them chewy while keeping them moist.
  • Sour Cream - for a little added fat, the sour cream also provides a nice bit of flavor and enhances the texture of the brownies
  • Red food coloring - for that perfect beautiful red velvet color, I use Anne Clark's super red food dye. It works like a champ every time and provide a beautiful red hue to these decadent red velvet brownies.
  • Vanilla Extract - a teaspoon vanilla extract does the trick to get that balanced red velvet flavor.
  • White Vinegar - believe it or not, vinegar actually works with the food dye to enhance that deep red color. It also adds a nice bit of tang to get that classic red velvet flavor.
  • All purpose flour - make sure to measure your flour properly!
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder - just a little cocoa powder balances the vanilla extract for that perfect red velvet flavor.
  • Kosher Salt - a pinch of salt really allows the flavors to come together really nicely.

Fluffy Cream Cheese Frosting

ingredients to make cream cheese frosting - powdered sugar, cream cheese, butter, red food coloring, and vanilla extract.
  • powdered sugar
  • cream cheese
  • unsalted butter
  • vanilla extract
  • kosher salt
  • red food coloring (optional)

Substitutions

  • Vegan: replace eggs with flax eggs and use your favorite non-dairy butter and sour cream in the same amounts listed in the recipe card.
  • Dairy free: use your favorite non-dairy alternatives in the exact amounts listed in the recipe card.
  • Gluten free: use your favorite 1-to-1 gluten free flour instead of all purpose flour.

Tips

  • Add white chocolate chips to the red velvet brownie batter for added chocolate flavor!
  • Use gel coloring as opposed to water based food coloring for a vibrant and beautiful red color.
  • To prevent dry brownies, it is better to underbake the brownies than to overbake. Once the edges are set and the center of the brownies are slightly jiggly, remove from the oven and allow them to cool completely.

How to make Red Velvet Brownies

red velvet brownies on a serving platter cut into pieces.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Mix together all of the dry ingredients in a medium bowl - flour, cocoa powder, and salt. (Image #1)
cocoa powder, flour, and salt whisked together in a mixing bowl.
  • In a separate bowl, combine eggs and egg yolk, sugar, brown sugar, melted butter, and vegetable oil. Whisk everything together for about 2 minutes, until fully combined. (Image #2)
  • Then add sour cream, vanilla extract, and vinegar. Continue to mix, then add red food coloring and mix until mixture is bright red.
  • Fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until combined. (Image #3)
red velvet brownie batter in a mixing bowl.
  • Spray an 8x8 square pan with nonstick baking spray or line with parchment paper. Add brownie batter and bake for 25-28 minutes, until the edges are set and the center of the brownies are slightly jiggly. (Image #4)
brownie batter in a square baking pan.
  • Allow the brownies to cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then remove from the pan and place on a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Make the cream cheese frosting - add cream cheese, butter, and vanilla to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix together on medium speed for 3-4 minutes, until mixture is smooth and fluffy. Add powdered sugar and continue to mix until combined and fluffy. (Image #5)
cream cheese frosting in a mixing bowl.
  • For the red icing swirl, take half of the cream cheese frosting and place in a mixing bowl. Add a tbsp of red food coloring and mix together.
  • Once the brownies have completely cooled, dollop the white cream cheese frosting and red cream cheese frosting on top of the brownies and swirl together with a toothpick or butter knife. Optional - add sprinkles on top!
red velvet brownies on a serving platter cut into square pieces next to a glass of milk.

Recipe FAQs

How do you make red velvet brownies from brownie mix?

If you prefer to use cake mix, simply combine red velvet cake mix with the required ingredients listed on the box, add sour cream, ad bake. Then prepare the cream cheese icing as listed in the recipe card.

How many calories are in a red velvet brownie?

There are 546 calories in this red velvet brownie recipe.

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red velvet brownies stacked on top of each other next to a glass of milk.

Red Velvet Brownies

The BEST Red velvet brownies recipe ever! Fudgy, soft, and topped with a luscious cream cheese frosting for authentic red velvet flavor!
Serving: 9
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 28 mins
Total Time: 43 mins
Calories: 546kcal

Equipment

  • Mixing Bowls
  • 8x8 Baking Pan

Ingredients

  • 1 cup All Purpose Flour
  • ¼ cup Cocoa Powder
  • ½ tsp Kosher Salt
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 1 Egg Yolk
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • ½ cup Brown Sugar
  • ½ cup Unsalted Butter (melted)
  • 3 tbsps Oil
  • 3 tbsps Sour Cream
  • ½ tbsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 ½ tsp White Vinegar
  • 1 tbsp Red Gel Food Coloring

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 4 tbsps Unsalted Butter (room temperature)
  • 4 oz Cream Cheese (room temperature)
  • 2 cups Powdered Sugar
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • ¼ tsp Kosher Salt
  • 1 tbsp Red gel food coloring (optional)
  • Sprinkles (optional)

Directions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, cocoa powder, and kosher salt. Whisk together until combined and set aside.
  • In a separate large mixing bowl, combine eggs, egg yolk, sugar, brown sugar, melted butter, and oil. Whisk together for 2 minutes, until combined. Then add sour cream, vanilla extract, vinegar, and food coloring and continue to whisk until all ingredients are fully incorporated and smooth.
  • Add flour mixture to the wet ingredients and fold together until just combined.
  • Spray a 8x8 square baking pan with nonstick baking spray or line with parchment paper.Add brownie batter. Bake for 25-30 minutes, until the edges are set and then center is slightly jiggly.
  • Allow brownies to cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then turn over onto a wire rack and allow them to cool completely.
  • Make the cream cheese frosting by adding cream cheese and butter to a mixing bowl and mixing together with a hand mixer until smooth, about 2-3 minutes. Then add powdered sugar, vanilla extract, and pinch of salt. Continue to mix until smooth and fluffy.
  • Once the brownies have cooled completely, smooth the frosting on top and top with sprinkles (optional).
  • optional: for the marbled look, add half of the frosting to a separate mixing bowl and add red food coloring and mix together. Dollop white and red frosting on top of the cooled brownies and swirl together.

Notes

Substitutions
  • Vegan: replace eggs with flax eggs and use your favorite non-dairy butter and sour cream in the same amounts listed in the recipe card.
  • Dairy free: use your favorite non-dairy alternatives in the exact amounts listed in the recipe card.
  • Gluten free: use your favorite 1-to-1 gluten free flour instead of all purpose flour.
Tips
  • Add white chocolate chips to the red velvet brownie batter for added chocolate flavor!
  • Use gel coloring as opposed to water based food coloring for a vibrant and beautiful red color.
  • To prevent dry brownies, it is better to underbake the brownies than to overbake. Once the edges are set and the center of the brownies are slightly jiggly, remove from the oven and allow them to cool completely.

Nutrition

Calories: 546kcal | Carbohydrates: 74g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 119mg | Sodium: 259mg | Potassium: 114mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 61g | Vitamin A: 754IU | Vitamin C: 0.04mg | Calcium: 46mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: brownies, Dessert
Cuisine: American

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  1. 5 stars
    My son adores red velvet anything, but he also loves brownies, so we made these together last night. I had to make him stop eating them so his sister and dad could have one, they were so good.

  2. These look amazing! Planning to make them, but I noticed as I read through the directions that it calls for vinegar but vinegar isn’t listed in the ingredients. How much vinegar?