Red Velvet Brownies with Cream Cheese Frosting are fudgy, delicious brownies, paired deliciously to the best cream cheese frosting!
Red Velvet and Cream Cheese go together so well- I shared this combo previously with my cake mix cookies and now I thought it would be the perfect combo in this recipe.
Why I love this recipe:
- These red velvet brownies are great with or without frosting!
- They take no time to make!
- Most of the ingredients are probably in your pantry! I just had to buy red food coloring to make these!
For this recipe I took my homemade brownies and altered it to make it red velvet.
Since red velvet is usually a rich, chocolatey dessert I played around with what I already new to be a winner brownies recipe and came up with this!
And might I say it is delicious!
Ingredients needed for red velvet brownies:
- Cocoa Powder
- Baking Powder
- Red Food Coloring
Is this true red velvet?
Yes and no. It is rich and chocolatey and also red. However, a red velvet cake usually is a combination of chocolate, vinegar, and buttermilk- that gives the cake a maroon color that is then enhanced with extra food coloring.
For these brownies I wanted to make them tasty and also easy. So no buttermilk or vinegar- but lots of deliciousness.
How to make red velvet brownies?
- Melt butter then stir in cocoa powder- set aside
- Combine flour, baking powder and salt- set aside
- Mix your butter/cocoa mixture, sugar, vanilla, and red food coloring. The mix in the eggs one at a time until fully incorporated.
- Fold in the flour mixture.
- Pour into prepared dish, then bake until a toothpick comes out clean!
- Let cool before frosting!
How to get thicker brownies?
Bake your brownies in a 9x9 pan. I used a 9x13 for the brownies pictured, but baking the brownies in a slightly smaller pan will give you more height.
Red velvet is quickly becoming one of my favorite deserts- whether it’s crinkle cookies or these tasty brownies- I feel like I am discovering a whole new world of desserts!
Watch how to make this recipe!
Red Velvet Brownies
Red Velvet Brownies
- ¾ cup + 3 tbs unsalted butter
- ¼ cup cocoa powder
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 oz red food coloring
- 4 large eggs
Cream Cheese Frosting
- ¼ cup butter slightly softened but still cold cut into chunks
- 2 oz cream cheese
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 3 tbs heavy cream plus more if needed
- Pinch of salt
- 2.5 cups powdered sugar
- Preheat oven to 350°F and spray 9x13 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray
- In a microwave safe dish melt the butter. Microwave for 30 seconds, stir, and repeat until the butter is completely melted.¾ cup + 3 tbs unsalted butter
- Stir cocoa powder into melted butter making sure there are no clumps. Set aside.¼ cup cocoa powder
- While butter mixture is cooling, in a separate small bowl combine the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.1 cup all purpose flour, ½ teaspoon baking powder, ¼ teaspoon salt
- In a stand mixer, or using a hand mixer, mix together the butter mixture (it’s okay if it’s still warm), sugar, vanilla, and red food coloring. Then add the eggs one at a time, letting each egg become fully incorporated into the batter before adding the next.2 cups sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla, 1 oz red food coloring, 4 large eggs
- By hand, with a large rubber spatula or mixing spoon, fold in the flour mixture. Folding in the flour will help the brownie batter keep the air in it.
- Pour into the prepared baking dish and bake for 27-33 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
- Let cool completely before frosting and cutting.
- Combine the butter and cream cheese in the bowl of an electric mixer and cream until light and fluffy.¼ cup butter slightly softened but still cold, 2 oz cream cheese
- Mix in the vanilla, heavy cream, and salt and whip on high for a few minutes.1 teaspoon vanilla, 3 tbs heavy cream, Pinch of salt
- Then mix in the powdered sugar one cup at a time. Add more heavy cream 1 tbs at a time if the frosting is too thick.2.5 cups powdered sugar
- Spread over the brownies and enjoy.
- You can bake these in a 9x9 pan for thicker brownies. Just increase the bake time until they are cooked through.
- Once frosted I recommend refrigerating any leftover brownies. Cover the dish with plastic wrap to keep them fresh.