Red velvet brownies are the type of chocolate brownies that you can serve on any occasion and they’re always appropriate. Brownie recipes are almost always well received but this red velvet brownies recipe is really something special.
These little gems are dense and chocolatey and oh so gooey good they’re almost hard to describe. If that weren’t enough, they’re covered with a sweet rich cream cheese frosting that’ll lead you to the promised land! Oh my!
When you’re ready for a decadent treat, this recipe is it.
Grab your aprons, my friends and let’s bake some brownies!
It’s red velvet chocolate brownies!! I can’t find a single thing not to love. This brownie is so darn delicious it’s one of my absolute favorites (can you tell?). Plus, it’s really easy to throw together.
Here are some reasons for you to love it too.
- Quick 10-minute prep time
- Makes 16 insanely delicious servings
- Moist chewy cakey texture
- Rich tangy cream cheese frosting
- Wholesome, dense and chewy
How To Make Red Velvet Brownies Recipe
Following this recipe is simple and it starts in the microwave (something we’re all familiar with). All you do is microwave the chocolate and butter until melted, then add the other ingredients individually, gently combining each item.
Toss the in the oven and bake. Make the icing once the brownies have cooled and go to town!
Here’s the thing. Coaxing the right consistency out of this red velvet brownies recipe is a two-step process. The first step is gently combining the ingredients in stages as outlined in the recipe. This will keep your brownies from becoming tough. Mixing strengthens gluten so for a moist chewy brownie, don’t overmix the batter. It’s better to fold in the flour just until combined.
It’s also essential not to overbake your brownies or they’ll come out dry. Every oven is different, so you’ll want to bake your brownies just until the center is set. A toothpick should come out with a few crumbs on it but not totally clean.
Lastly, let your brownies cool completely before making the icing. I know its tough when that deep chocolate smell permeates the kitchen and beckons to every bone in your body but it’s for the good of your brownies.
Red Velvet Cream Cheese Brownies Ingredient Notes
Baking up red velvet cream cheese brownies uses wholesome familiar ingredients that may already be in your pantry. Trust me, this is the red velvet brownies recipe you’re gonna’ fall in love it. Here’s whatcha’ need to make ‘em!
Butter – I like to use unsalted butter for this recipe. It allows me to control the amount of added salt in the recipe.
Chocolate – Bittersweet chocolate is what you need here, roughly chopped for best results. It should be melted and warm but not scalding hot or it’ll cook the eggs when you add them.
Salt – Just a little bit of salt in the right concentration enhances sweetness and umami flavor.
Food Coloring – Red, of course. It’s only for aesthetics and doesn’t affect the flavor so it’s okay to omit if someone has allergies.
Cream Cheese Icing
Cream Cheese – You’ll want your rich savory cream cheese at room temperature.
Butter – Again unsalted. Softened for best results but not melted. Your butter should spread easily but still hold its shape.
See? And just a few simple substitutions can turn these babies into red velvet cheesecake brownies too if that’s what you’re after.
These tasty little guys store best in an airtight container in the fridge. The cream cheese frosting needs to be refrigerated and the brownies will stay moist and yummy if they’re protected from air. Sometimes I lay a piece of plastic wrap over the top of Tupperware container before securing the lid to keep them totally protected.
Can You Freeze This?
That’s affirmative. Freezing these insanely delicious brownies is easy. You can freeze them with or without the icing.
Technically, you can freeze them cut or uncut. However, if you’re freezing them with the icing, I recommend uncut. This allows you to lay a piece of wax paper over the top of your brownies and save your icing.
Make Ahead Tips
Preparing these babies ahead of time is easy. There’s not really any prep since they only take 10 minutes to get into the oven. But, this brownies is fantastic to make ahead of time.
I like to bake up a couple of batches and toss them into the freezer. When I’m ready to thaw and serve, that’s when I make a batch of icing. Then I have freshly iced red velvet brownies that are as moist and delicious as they come!
How Long Can You Keep This In The Fridge?
These little babies are uber-fantastic, so they’ll get gobbled up lightning fast. If by some chance you do have some left to store, they’ll stay fresh and yummy for up to 4 days in the fridge. You’ll want to be sure that your fridge is set at or below 40 degrees Fahrenheit and reserve the FDA recommended 2-hour serving rule because of the cream cheese frosting.
One of the great things about this recipe is that it’s so versatile. It’s easy to tweak these little guys to your personal taste and it’s still a million-dollar recipe! Here are some popular suggestions.
Can I Turn These Into Cookie Treats?
Whipping up a batch of these is an easy way to make an indulgent treat for the fam or celebrate a special occasion. When you’re ready for an easy twist, make some brookies. They’re great for movie night and friendly little get-togethers.
Of course, cookie dough brownies are always a tasty option. It just depends on your mood when you hit the kitchen!
Can I Add Some Fruity Flavor?
These brownies are absolutely perfect just as they are, and I don’t say that about just any recipe. But as a fellow fruit enthusiast, I can appreciate the sweet character of caramel apple brownies. They’re a masterful concoction! I have also been known to totally enjoy pumpkin brownies around the holidays.
Can I Add Oreo To This Recipe?
It doesn’t take a whole lot to turn this into red velvet Oreo brownies! Let me tell you – you haven’t fully experienced the essence of brownies until you’ve tried Oreo brownies. They’re like a sweet chocolate cream explosion in your mouth.
Would These Make For Holiday Treats?
These brownies can easily be garnished with some colorful green sprinkles at Christmas time (they go nicely with the red velvet brownies and white icing) or you can try making Christmas Tree brownies instead.
Red Velvet Brownies
- 4 ounces bittersweet chocolate chopped
- 3/4 cup unsalted butter
- 2 cups sugar
- 4 large eggs
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 (1-ounce) bottle red liquid food coloring
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
Cream Cheese Frosting:
- 8 ounces cream cheese at room temperature
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter softened
- 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
- 1/8 teaspoons salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 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 1 1/2 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 at 350° 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).
- When brownies are cool make the 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 Icing on top of brownies, and cut into 16-20 squares. Garnish, if desired.
You can never have too many brownies recipe, but I’ve got to tell ya’ – this red velvet brownies recipe really takes the cake (pun intended)! Sorry, I couldn’t help myself there.
Anyhow, here are some of my best chocolate brownies recipes for you to try.
- Cosmic Brownies – This copycat recipe is even better than store-bought!
- Cheesecake Brownies – Moist, decadent and indulgent.
- Chewy Brownie Recipe – Because we all love chewy brownies.
- Brownie in a Mug – Just enough for one and ready in a flash.
- German Chocolate Brownies – Just like the cake only more condensed and intense.
My conclusion is that you’ve got to ride the red velvet revolution and try these red velvet brownies! They are by far one of my best brownies recipes and I promise they do not disappoint. These little gems are moist, decadent and totally scrumptious with a sweet rich cream cheese icing to drive the flavor home!
These little babies are my go-to for celebrations and special occasions and I just know you’re gonna’ love them too!