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Red Velvet Brownies

Red Velvet Brownies with Cream Cheese Frosting

Carrie @ poet in the pantry
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Course brownie
Servings 12



  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • ½ cup light brown sugar lightly packed
  • cups natural unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 Tablespoon warm water
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 20 tablespoons 2½ sticks or 1¼ cups unsalted butter, cut into cubes
  • 4 large eggs room temperature
  • 1/2 ounce Christmas Red gel food dye
  • cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour


  • 8 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 1/4 cup 4 Tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2-2 1/4 cups confectioners' sugar


  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease a 9"x13" baking dish and line with parchment paper. Set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the sugars, cocoa powder, water, salt, and vanilla extract. Set aside.
  • In a medium saucepan, heat the butter over medium heat, cooking until it's browned. It'll go through at least 2 stages of foaming before you get that characteristic nutty smell and browned bits in the butter (about 5-7 minutes). Don't rush it or you could burn the butter!
  • Pour the butter into the sugar mixture and stir to combine. Set aside for 5 minutes to cool a little.
  • Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing the first in completely before adding the next. Stir the last egg in until the batter is nice and shiny, then stir in the food coloring.
  • Add the flour all at once and stir until just combined, being sure to scrape the bottom with every turn.
  • Pour into the prepared baking dish and spread evenly.
  • Bake for 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with moist crumbs.
  • Cool completely.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the cream cheese, butter, salt, and vanilla extract. Mix with a hand mixer until well combined.
  • Add the confectioners' sugar, 1 cup at a time. After 2 cups, assess if it's the consistency desired or if you'd like the frosting a little stiffer (then add 1/4 cup more confectioners' sugar, if needed).
  • Spread over the cooled brownies.
  • Cut, serve, and enjoy!


You could add more color for a more vibrant red, but I like the subtlety of this. It looks a little more natural (even though it isn't) than its vibrant cousins.