Red velvet brownies are a spin on red velvet cake. Moist, fudgy brownies, with a pop of red food coloring and white chocolate frosting.
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 recipe 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.
She was right.
Red Velvet Brownies
Discovered on Runs with Spatulas, Adapted from: How Sweet It Is
For the brownies:
- 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 2 tablespoons red food coloring
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- ½ cup butter, at room temperature
- 1 ½ cups sugar
- 2 eggs
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 ¼ cups flour
- ⅔ cup chocolate chips
For the Icing:
- ¼ cup butter, at room temperature
- 1 ¼ cups powdered sugar
- ½ 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.
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... 😉
Heeeyyy ... these don't look as scary as the red velvet cupcakes I'd made. Now these I could get into!
Lauren at Keep It Sweet says
I also have a weakness for red velvet! Looks like your brownies came out delicious!
Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen says
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.
Cassie @ Bake Your Day says
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!
Lolly's Sweet Treats says
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 🙂
These look so fudgey and delicious! Great idea of red velvet in brownie form. You pictures are making me very hungry-Yum!
Lisa Orgler says
Are you kidding me?!! These look great!! I can't wait to try them.
These brownies look incredible!! I LOVE red velvet but have never tried brownies! 🙂
Adora's Box says
White chocolate on chocalate sounds so great. Of course red dye helps, too. It looks so nice and fudgy.
I've made these, too! Aren't they amazing???? Beautiful photos~
Blog is the New Black says
While I don't do cream cheese, I certainly do red velvet... YUM!
oooh. I want one of these right now. 🙂
I LOVE red velvet anything but brownies?! WOW, I wish I could try one right now, these look and sound fantastic!
Awesome recipe!! Thank you for sharing!
Red Velvet is my family's go-to birthday cake. I love this recipe for brownies.
The Chocolate Priestess says
I've never seen or heard of the red velvet in the form of brownies. Good idea.
Wow! Red velvet in a brownie! This is brilliant! They look wonderful! : )
Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts says
Ok, these just sound amazing! I want 3 of them right now! Do you live next door, can I just come over?
Heidi @ Food Doodles says
Those look awesome! The color of them is perfect and it looks like you cooked them to perfection! They look so fudgy and delicious 😀
Vicki @ WITK says
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.
Yum! I'm not ordinarily a red-velvet person....but you may just change my mind!
Danielle@Runs With Spatulas says
So glad you liked them! And yes, I have one word for them -- dangerous.
Curry and Comfort says
I love this idea! Great recipe! : )
Kim Bee says
I love red velvet, I love brownies....this is perfection. Great recipe.
Honey @ Honey, What's Cooking says
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
These look dense and delicious! I love anything in a bar format too.
Elyse @The Cultural Dish says
This is such a great idea! I love red velvet cake and brownies so this is a great combo!
Alana D says
Girl your recipes are dangerously hard to resist.
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.
Jenny @ Savour the Senses says
Mmm can't beat red velvet desserts!! I will take a tray of these please.
Kita this is super gorgeous .. well done on Top 9 🙂
Woooooow!! I want the entire pan! I'll start eating the frosting first and then get into the cake... oh that sounds so good!
My daughter's 2 favorite treats combined into one. I need to make these perfections with her. Thanks for sharing :))))
Maggie @MaggieCooks says
Yummy this caught my eye! Can't wait to give it a try, i've never had red velvet cake but always heard wonders! 🙂
Katie @fedandzested says
These look FANTASTIC! Thanks for sharing the recipe!
These look so tasty- I love the photo next to the recipe! Great shot 🙂
purabi naha says
These velvety brownies are just perfect for me! Love them. The picture looks extrmely tempting, dear! Congrats on being at top 9. Well deserved!!
Congrats on Top 9! Hooray for red dye #40!
Those look great. I'll bet that icing is delicious.
Tori @ The Shiksa in the Kitchen says
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... 😉
Elizabeth B says
Thanks! Made this into something new at https://teenage-baking.blogspot.com/
I LOVE these, Kita! Gorgeous!
Misty Henderson says
I made these today for my husband's birthday!!! These were delicious, thank you for such a great recipe.