Making this fudgy red velvet brownies recipe is the best way to celebrate Valentine’s Day this year. Made with that unique and distinct red velvet flavor, these fudgy brownies will be a treat to enjoy for your special occasion.
The joy of homemade brownies and red velvet desserts comes together in this red velvet brownie recipe. Give it a try today and find out for yourself!
How Does Red Velvet Make These Brownies Taste Different?
Classic red velvet combines acidic ingredients such as buttermilk and vinegar with mild chocolate flavor that creates an entirely different taste from traditional brownies.
This recipe includes the vinegar that will give your homemade red velvet brownies the iconic flavor. Buttermilk would make these brownies too wet, so this recipe excludes that.
Ingredients for this Fudgy Red Velvet Brownies Recipe
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- Butter: Use unsalted butter so that we can control how much salt goes into the batter later on.
- Chopped Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar: or chocolate chips if you have that on hand.
- Granulated Sugar: provides a pure and neutral sweetness.
- Eggs: give the brownie structure and adds a chewiness.
- Vanilla Extract: is always added to chocolate treats to help enhance the chocolate flavor.
- White Vinegar: is one of the key ingredients that makes red velvet so special.
- Red Food Coloring: We just use a few drops to add a nice hue to the brownies.
- Unsweetened Cocoa Powder: gives the brownies their deep chocolate flavor.
- All-Purpose Flour: provides the structure of the brownie.
- Salt: Just a pinch is all you need to balance out the sweetness and strengthen the other flavors.
How to Make this Fudgy Red Velvet Brownies Recipe
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- Preheat your oven and grease or line an 8×8 inch baking pan with parchment paper.
- In a microwave-safe large mixing bowl, melt the butter and chopped chocolate in the microwave in 30-second increments.
- Add the granulated sugar into the melted butter and chocolate and mix with an electric mixer on medium speed until combined.
- Then add in the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Next, stir in the vanilla extract, white vinegar, and red food coloring.
- In a separate large bowl, sift together the cocoa powder, flour, and salt.
- Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mixing until just combined. Be careful not to overmix.
- If desired, fold in any mix-in’s such as white chocolate chips into the brownie batter.
- Pour the red velvet brownie batter into the prepared baking pan and spread it evenly. Get every last drop by scraping the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula.
- Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with a few moist crumbs (not wet batter).
- Allow the brownies to cool completely to room temperature in the pan before cutting into squares.
Why You Need to Make this Recipe!
- These gooey brownies are oozing with melted chocolate in the batter and bursting with flavor.
- This recipe only requires a handful of simple ingredients that you can easily grab at the grocery store.
- They’re easy to prepare and store very well.
- These are the best red velvet brownies to enjoy with your loved ones on Valentines Day.
Frequently asked questions – FAQ
How to Store Leftover Fudgy Red Velvet Brownies
Put your brownies in an airtight container and store on the kitchen counter for 3 days, in the fridge for a week, or in the freezer for a couple months.
If you are planning on freezing them, you might want to wrap each brownie in plastic wrap to ensure that they don’t get freezer-burn.
Can I Add Toppings?
Of course! A nice dusting of powder sugar or a sprinkle of heart-shaped candies would add a fun and festive Valentine look!
You could also do a spread of decadent cream cheese frosting for some extra flavor and creaminess. Be sure to add some pink or red coloring to it to make it look perfect for the holiday of love.
What Other Flavors Can I Try?
- Mix-In’s: White chocolate chips or chopped peanuts would add a fun touch to the texture of the brownies.
- Swirls: Melt a bowl of peanut butter or caramel sauce, drizzle it on the top of the batter, and swirl it in with a toothpick.
- Brookie: Make a cookie dough at the same time with brownie batter and bake the two together for a red velvet brookie!
What Actually is Red Velvet?
The first time that red velvet cake was made, it was made unprocessed cocoa powder that was more acidic than the Dutch-processed cocoa powder we use today.
This acidic cocoa, combined with acidic ingredients, would give off a deep red color that would naturally dye the cake.
The Best Fudgy Red Velvet Brownies Recipe
Red Velvet Brownies
- ¾ cup unsalted butter melted
- 2 oz chopped semi-sweet chocolate bar
- 1 & ¼ cup granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon white vinegar
- ½ tablespoons red gel food coloring
- 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 & ¼ cup all-purpose flour
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ½ cup white chocolate chips optional mixed in the the batter or melted and drizzled on top of the brownies.
- Preheat your oven to 350°F and line an 8×8 inch baking pan with parchment paper.
- In a large microwave-safe mixing bowl, melt the butter and chopped chocolate in the microwave in 30-second increments. Stir until fully melted.
- Add in the granulated sugar and mix until combined then add in the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in the vanilla extract, white vinegar, and red food coloring.
- In a separate bowl, sift together the cocoa powder, flour, and salt.
- Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mixing until just combined. Be careful not to overmix. If desired, fold in white chocolate chips into the brownie batter.
- Pour the batter into the prepared 8×8 inch pan and spread it evenly.
- Bake in the preheated oven for approximately 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with a few moist crumbs (not wet batter).
- Allow the brownies to cool completely in the pan before cutting into squares.
- Optionally, drizzle melted white chocolate on top, allow to set, slice, and enjoy!