Red Velvet Brownies

red velvet brownie on a white plate

Red Velvet Brownies are a much simpler method for that classic red velvet cake taste. Decadent, moist, chewy brownies with that deep red color topped with smooth cream cheese frosting!

red velvet brownie on a white plate

Red Velvet Brownies Recipe

Ok, so most of us might still be trying to work off the holiday weight but these brownies will be a nice treat for Valentines day, right?

Skip the frosting for fewer calories but we all know red velvet and cream cheese frosting are the perfect combination of flavors!

Super easy, one bowl and done! You will have these in the oven in less than 10 minutes.

Are you looking for a traditional chocolate brownie recipe? Try our Perfect Brownies.

Ingredients Needed for Red Velvet Brownies

  • Butter
  • Bittersweet chocolate baking bar
  • Granulated sugar
  • Eggs
  • All-purpose flour
  • Baking powder
  • Salt
  • Red food coloring
  • Vanilla extract

You can replace the bittersweet chocolate with an equal amount of semi-sweet chocolate chips.

Baking chocolate squares will work best, but semi-sweet chocolate chips can be used if needed.

Ingredients Needed for Cream Cheese Frosting

  • Cream cheese
  • Butter
  • Salt
  • Powdered sugar
  • Vanilla extract

How to Make Red Velvet Brownies

red velvet brownie batter in a metal pan

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9×9 baking pan with parchment paper with overhang for handles. Or line with aluminum foil and spray lightly with baking spray.

In a large microwave-safe bowl melt the butter and bittersweet chocolate for 1 1/2 to 2 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds until completely melted and smooth.

Whisk in the sugar.

Add the eggs, one at a time, until blended after each one. Stir in the flour, baking powder, salt, red food coloring, and vanilla extract. If using gel food coloring use 2 teaspoons or more for the depth of color you desire.

Pour the brownie batter into the prepared pan and bake for 40-45 minutes, or until a wooden skewer or toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean or with just a few moist crumbs.

Remove the pan from the oven to a wire rack to cool completely. Once cooled remove the brownies from the pan to a cutting board.

frosted red velvet brownies on a wooden board

How to Make Cream Cheese Frosting

In a medium-size bowl, using an electric mixer beat the softened butter and cream cheese until smooth and creamy.

Add the salt and gradually beat in the powdered sugar one-half cup at a time, until smooth and creamy. Stir in the vanilla.

Spread the frosting evenly over the top of the brownies.

Before cutting into squares try chilling the brownies for 30 minutes to about an hour which makes it easier to get clean cuts.

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Red Velvet Brownies Recipe

Red Velvet Brownies are a much simpler method for that classic red velvet taste. Decadent, moist, chewy brownies with that deep red color topped with smooth cream cheese frosting!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: brownies, cream cheese frosting, red velvet
Servings: 16
Calories: 363kcal
Author: DSTR

Ingredients

Brownies

  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 4 oz bittersweet chocolate bar chopped
  • 1 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 oz red food coloring (1 bottle)
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Cream Chees Frosting

  • 8 oz cream cheese softened
  • 3 tbsp unsalted butter softened
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

Brownies

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9×9 baking pan with parchment paper with overhang for handles. Or line with aluminum foil and spray lightly with baking spray.
  • In a large microwave-safe bowl melt the butter and bittersweet chocolate for 1 1/2 to 2 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds until completely melted and smooth.
  • Whisk in the sugar.
  • Add the eggs, one at a time, whisking until blended after each one. Stir in the flour, baking powder, salt, red food coloring, and vanilla extract.
  • Pour the brownie batter into the prepared pan and bake for 40-45 minutes, or until a wooden skewer or toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean or with just a few moist crumbs.
  • Remove the pan from the oven to a wire rack to cool completely. Once cooled remove the brownies from the pan to a cutting board.

Frosting

  • In a medium-size bowl, using an electric mixer beat the softened butter and cream cheese until smooth and creamy.
  • Add the salt and gradually beat in the powdered sugar one-half cup at a time, until smooth and creamy. Stir in the vanilla.
  • Spread the frosting evenly over the top of the brownies. Slice and serve.

Notes

Try chilling the brownies once frosted for easier slicing.

Nutrition

Calories: 363kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 91mg | Sodium: 121mg | Potassium: 132mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 33g | Vitamin A: 593IU | Calcium: 47mg | Iron: 1mg

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