Red velvet brownies are a spin on red velvet cake. Moist, fudgy brownies, with a pop of red food coloring and white chocolate frosting.

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Red velvet cake has got to be my number one guilty pleasure. Not sure what it is, but it’s the one dessert I will not pass up – even if that means sacrificing the main course just to make sure there’s room. I know its chocolate cake with food coloring (lots and lots of food coloring), but something magical takes place when the red dye is added and the cake is baked to perfection.

I’m 99% sure that something may have a lot to do with red velvet’s traditional frosting, that magical cream cheese frosting that no one is immune to.

Needless to say, when I spotted the red velvet brownies recipeΒ on Runs with Spatulas they went in the file to be made. At the next family get together (the one where daddy wanted red white and blue cupcakes with sparklers and sprinkles. Yeah, no pressure), these little babies were made. And just in case Danielle was right and they were irresistible, two batches were made.

Red Velvet Brownies // Recipe on PassTheSushi.comShe was right.



Red Velvet Brownies

Discovered on Runs with Spatulas, Adapted from: How Sweet It Is

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For the brownies:

  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons red food coloring
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup butter, at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 cups flour
  • 2/3 cup chocolate chips

For the Icing:

  • 1/4 cup butter, at room temperature
  • 1 1/4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 ounces white chocolate, melted
  • 1 tablespoon milk


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour a 8 x 8 baking dish.

Stir together cocoa powder, red food coloring, and 1 teaspoon vanilla in a small bowl; set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs one at a time. Add 1 teaspoon vanilla. Mix in cocoa powder mixture, beating until batter is completely red (add more food coloring if desired). Stir in flour and salt, mixing until just combined. Fold in chocolate chips. Pour batter into the prepared baking dish. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool completely.

Meanwhile, make the icing. In a large mixing bowl, cream butter until smooth and fluffy. Add vanilla. Slowly stir in powdered sugar. Mix in melted white chocolate and beat until incorporated. Add milk with mixer on low speed until consistency desired is achieved.


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Be weary that these red velvet brownies can go from just right to dry in a split second if overcooked.

And it’s hard to tell for proper doneness with all those gooey chocolate chips hanging out in the brownie pool. In other words, don’t murder the brownies by letting them cook too long.

These brownies were great. They don’t taste like a traditional brownie, so that will throw those brownie purist into a fit, but its not traditional – it’s red velvet. They can stick to plain Jane brownies and we can sit here and eat every last crumb of any variation we can think of… Not that I would do that… Ever… πŸ˜‰


  1. Heeeyyy … these don’t look as scary as the red velvet cupcakes I’d made. Now these I could get into!

  2. Must try file for sure! Kita these pictures are what is really sealing the deal for me right now. 6:45am and I’m ready for a pan of brownies. Great. This is going to be a long lonely day.

  3. Red velvet frosting is heavenly and the texture of these looks incredible! If I didn’t have so many cookies in my house I would bake them tonight!

  4. What a fun idea- the brownies look delicious! Like you said, I’ve noticed that red velvet cake can dry out very easily, but yours look perfectly done πŸ™‚

  5. These look so fudgey and delicious! Great idea of red velvet in brownie form. You pictures are making me very hungry-Yum!

  6. These brownies look incredible!! I LOVE red velvet but have never tried brownies! πŸ™‚

  7. White chocolate on chocalate sounds so great. Of course red dye helps, too. It looks so nice and fudgy.

  8. I’ve made these, too! Aren’t they amazing???? Beautiful photos~

  9. I LOVE red velvet anything but brownies?! WOW, I wish I could try one right now, these look and sound fantastic!

  10. Red Velvet is my family’s go-to birthday cake. I love this recipe for brownies.

  11. Those look awesome! The color of them is perfect and it looks like you cooked them to perfection! They look so fudgy and delicious πŸ˜€

  12. Red velvet cake is one of my favorites too! These brownies would probably be perfect for me because I’m not a fan of super chocolatey brownies.

  13. Yum! I’m not ordinarily a red-velvet person….but you may just change my mind!

  14. I love red velvet, I love brownies….this is perfection. Great recipe.

  15. I just baked Red Velvet Brownies this weekend, but they didn’t taste as amazing as I had hoped. I follow Jessica’s blog, so I think I’m going to have to give her brownies a chance. Great job

  16. Red Velvet filled with red dye #40 is probably one of the most unhealthy desserts on the planet. However, it’s one of the most delicious desserts on the planet.

  17. Kita this is super gorgeous .. well done on Top 9 πŸ™‚

  18. Woooooow!! I want the entire pan! I’ll start eating the frosting first and then get into the cake… oh that sounds so good!

  19. My daughter’s 2 favorite treats combined into one. I need to make these perfections with her. Thanks for sharing :))))

  20. Yummy this caught my eye! Can’t wait to give it a try, i’ve never had red velvet cake but always heard wonders! πŸ™‚

  21. These look so tasty- I love the photo next to the recipe! Great shot πŸ™‚

  22. These velvety brownies are just perfect for me! Love them. The picture looks extrmely tempting, dear! Congrats on being at top 9. Well deserved!!

  23. Those look great. I’ll bet that icing is delicious.

  24. I totally hear you re: red velvet. I think it’s the cream cheese frosting. So good! These brownies look awesome. But I wonder if they should be called “reddies,” since they’re red, not brown? Somehow “reddies” doesn’t sound quite as cute, though… πŸ˜‰

  25. Misty Henderson says:

    I made these today for my husband’s birthday!!! These were delicious, thank you for such a great recipe.

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