Red Velvet Brownies

Red Velvet Brownies – these are the best brownies EVER! Quick homemade red velvet brownies topped with a homemade cream cheese frosting. Bittersweet chocolate, butter, sugar, eggs, flour, baking powder, salt, red food coloring, cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla. These brownies are so dang good! They are super easy to make and even easier to eat! Make a great gift at the holidays too! #brownies #redvelvet #creamcheese #scratch

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Homemade Red Velvet Brownies

I saw this recipe in the December issue of Southern Living and knew I had to try it.  I had never heard of red velvet brownies. I’ve heard of red velvet cake but not red velvet brownies.  I was intrigued. I took last Friday off and had a chance to give these a try. OMG!  These are unbelievable!! This is my new favorite Christmas treat. I’ve made it so many times this holiday season that I have the recipe memorized! These are super easy to make (maybe too easy), and I love that it only uses one bowl!

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How to Make Red Velvet Brownies from Scratch

As I said, these brownies are super simple to make. Start with melting chocolate and butter in a microwave-safe bowl. Whisk in sugar and eggs. Add flour, baking powder, vanilla, and red food coloring. Pour the batter into a 9-inch square baking dish and bake. Allow the brownies to cool and make the cream cheese frosting. Beat cream cheese and butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Gradually add powdered sugar, salt, and vanilla. Spread on top of brownies. Slice into squares and enjoy!

  • This recipe uses a whole bottle of red food coloring. That is correct. Feel free to use as much as you wish.
  • Can substitute 2/3 cup of chocolate chips for the 4-oz chocolate bar.
  • Feel free to mix in some chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, or crushed oreos into the brownie batter.
  • Store the brownies in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for 4 or 5 days.
  • Can Brownies with Cream Cheese Frosting be frozen? Yes! Slice the brownies and pop in the freezer. Once the brownies are frozen, wrap the individual brownies in plastic wrap and place in a freezer bag.
  • You can freeze the unfrosted brownies and frost them after freezing.
red velvet brownie with cream cheese frosting on a plate

Easy Homemade Holiday Dessert

This is the kind of dessert that calls to me in the middle of the night. I had to get up last weekend and eat one for breakfast. SO good! I gave these away to all of my family and friends for Christmas this year. Everybody loved them! Give these a try ASAP!

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Red Velvet Brownies with Cream Cheese Frosting

Yield: 16 brownies
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Red Velvet Brownies – these are the best brownies EVER! Quick homemade red velvet brownies topped with a homemade cream cheese frosting. Bittersweet chocolate, butter, sugar, eggs, flour, baking powder, salt, red food coloring, cream cheese, powdered sugar, and vanilla. These brownies are so dang good! They are super easy to make and even easier to eat! Make a great gift at the holidays too! #brownies #redvelvet #creamcheese #scratch

Ingredients:

Red Velvet Brownies

  • 1 (4-oz) bittersweet chocolate baking bar, chopped
  • ¾ cup butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 (1-oz) bottle red liquid food coloring
  • tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • tsp salt

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 1 (8-oz) package cream cheese, softened
  • 3 Tbsp butter, softened
  • cups powdered sugar
  • tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions:

Red Velvet Brownies

  • Preheat oven to 350°. Line bottom and sides of a 9-inch square pan with aluminum foil, allowing 2 to 3 inches to extend over sides; lightly grease foil.
  • Microwave chocolate and butter in a large microwave-safe bowl at HIGH 1½ to 2 minutes or until melted and smooth, stirring at 30-second intervals. Whisk in sugar. Add eggs, 1 at a time, whisking just until blended after each addition. Gently stir in flour and next 4 ingredients. Pour mixture into prepared pan.
  • Bake for 44 to 48 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out with a few moist crumbs. Cool completely on a wire rack (about 2 hours).

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • For frosting: Beat cream cheese and butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. Gradually add powdered sugar and salt, beating until blended. Stir in vanilla.
  • Lift brownies from pan, using foil sides as handles; gently remove foil. Spread Cream Cheese Frosting on top of brownies, and cut into 16 squares. Garnish, if desired.

Notes:

  • This recipe uses a whole bottle of red food coloring. That is correct. Feel free to use as much as you wish.
  • Can substitute 2/3 cup of chocolate chips for the 4-oz chocolate bar.
  • Feel free to mix in some chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, or crushed oreos into the brownie batter.
  • Store the brownies in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for 4 or 5 days.
  • Can Brownies with Cream Cheese Frosting be frozen? Yes! Slice the brownies and pop in the freezer. Once the brownies are frozen, wrap the individual brownies in plastic wrap and place in a freezer bag.
  • You can freeze the unfrosted brownies and frost them after freezing.

Steph

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  1. OMHappiness!!! I just love Red Velvet Cake! – now I've discovered your RVBrownies….you have made my night! YUMMY!!! 🙂

  2. Thank you! I made these brownies for a holiday party and they were gone before I knew it! Everybody loved them…they were so moist and easy to make! These will stay on my short-list of recipes to go to .

  3. Portia – this made 16 large brownies. You can definitely double the recipe and bake it in a 9×13 pan. I should have done that the other day when I made two batches!

  4. Steph, This sounds delicious! I've already sent the link to several of my cookish co-workers. 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  5. Looks really delicious and moist! I'm bookmarking this, thanks for sharing.
    Wishing you and family a Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year.

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