Red Velvet Brownies with Cream Cheese Frosting

Red Velvet Brownies with Cream Cheese Frosting

Red velvet brownies…for Valentine’s Day. I know, it’s truly groundbreaking! But, sometimes it’s totally acceptable to be predictable. I’m happy to eat anything red velvet pretty much anytime of the year and know a lot of you feel the same way so we’re doing it! Classic red velvet brownies with cream cheese frosting for Valentine’s Day.

One of the items on my blogging to-do list has been to go through older recipes that I published during the first two years of my blog in 2011-2012. First, the pictures were mostly downright embarrassing. Many of the recipes can also use some tweaking and re-writing, especially the directions! There were some really delicious recipes that deserve some love and these brownies were one of them.

Red Velvet Brownies with Cream Cheese Frosting

I tweaked a few things from my original recipe including using less flour which makes for the perfect fudgey brownie! When it comes to brownies, I prefer less cakey…always! I added a bit more chocolate and changed the recipe to be made in an 8×8 dish. I’m crazy for that deeper red color too!

I also mixed up the fluffiest cream cheese frosting because it is a must for red velvet desserts. Throw some cute sprinkles on top and these are ready to go! The hardest part about making brownies? Waiting for them to cool before slicing!

Red Velvet Brownies with Cream Cheese Frosting

Yield: 16 brownies

Red Velvet Brownies with Cream Cheese Frosting

Red Velvet Brownies with Cream Cheese Frosting

Rich and decadent red velvet brownies topped with homemade cream cheese frosting!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes

Ingredients

For the Brownies:

  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 4 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon red gel food coloring
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk (see note)

For the Frosting:

  • 6 ounces plain cream cheese, softened
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1-2 tablespoons half and half (or milk)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8x8 or 9x9 baking dish with foil, letting some extra to hang over the sides and spray with cooking spray and set aside. Add the butter and chocolate chips to a microwave-safe bowl. Heat in 30 second increments in the microwave, stirring between each round until melted and smooth. Set aside and let cool.
  2. In a small bowl, stir together the flour, salt, and cocoa powder. Set aside. In a separate mixing bowl, beat together the eggs and sugar for 2 minutes with a hand mixer. Then mix in the vanilla, vinegar, and food coloring.
  3. Mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients along with the buttermilk. Mix until just combined, do not overmix. Pour the batter into the baking dish and bake for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out with just a few crumbs. Let the brownies cool completely (about 2 hours) before frosting and slicing.
  4. To make the frosting, add the softened cream cheese and butter to a mixing bowl and beat with a hand mixer for about 3 minutes until smooth. Add in the powdered sugar, 1 tablespoon of the half and half and the vanilla. Mix until the frosting is well-combined and fluffy, add the additional tablespoon of half and half (or more) as needed to thin. If the frosting seems too thin, add additional powdered sugar, a few tablespoons at a time.

Notes

You can make your own buttermilk for this recipe by measuring out 1/3 cup of the buttermilk and mixing in about a teaspoon of white vinegar. Let stand for 5 minutes and then add to the recipe as instructed!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

16

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 311 Total Fat: 14g Saturated Fat: 8g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 5g Cholesterol: 54mg Sodium: 122mg Carbohydrates: 45g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 37g Protein: 3g

Red Velvet Brownies with Cream Cheese Frosting

   

79 comments

  1. Honestly, I don’t think I’ve ever had a Vday that was exceptionally bad or good. The one that I remember the most was when four fellow single girl-friends and I made reservations for a nice restaurant downtown, got dressed up and went to dinner together. It was great to celebrate friendship on Vday.

  2. The brownies look so good! Cream cheese frosting just takes this up a notch! Buzzed!

  3. Happy Valentines Day! I don’t know if I have a worst VDay….my husband and I celebrate it in a non-traditional manner….cuddles and conversation – no gifts, cards or chocolates. I would say my worst one – if I had to pick – would be the one I spent without him while he was in the Gulf serving his country….

  4. I follow you on Facebook already!

  5. ….and I also follow you on twitter!

  6. YUP! I follow you on Pinterest, too! I just LOVE Pinterest!

  7. Happy Valentine’s Day! Cute and great brownies for this special day.

  8. Very cute brownies. I agree, though, I like thick, fudgey (is that a word) brownies. I don’t think red velvet is cliche for V-Day, I think they would be perfect. And I also wanted to say congrats on being a Featured Publisher. I may be slow, but I just noticed. Very cool! I already follow you on every thing, but I will retweet your give away if I can get twitter to work. I’d like to enter your giveaway (very cute scoops) but I’m not sure if they ship to FPO’s? Have a great Valentine’s day!

  9. YUM!!! I can’t think of one Valentine’s Day story…but today my hubby and I gave each other the same card! We’ve been married a LONG time :)

  10. Just followed you on Pinterest~

  11. Happy Valentine’s Day!! I love these brownies… they are so perfect to celebrate the day. I know your family must have loved them. I’m guilty of putting another red velvet recipe up today (actually with my cupcake leftovers). :) Another wonderful prize for your giveaway. I won’t participate in the giveaway since I’m still jumping up and down from your last one. :) PS… I hope you break 1000 this time. :)

    • Holy cow.. I totally had a brain fart!! I am over here commenting and thinking I’m in Alyssa’s blog from Mom de Cuisine. Sorry Stephanie!! I participated in her giveaway recently so that’s why I was not going to participate. LOL!! Lord help me… I must be getting old. :)
      Okay.. I’m all for participating in your giveaway. I secretly loved those beautiful scoops. :) Btw.. I still hope you break 1000 this time. :)

    • Haha!! You crack me up!

  12. I have many more worst days than best ones. I think the best ones or the more recent when we smartened up and just stayed home and cooked dinner together.

  13. I follow you on Facebook already.

  14. I follow you on twitter already

  15. I now follow you on Pinterest. :)

  16. Brownies are the favorite of my valentine. I plan to make something, just might have to give these a try!

  17. I’ve never made anything red velvet before! I don’t how that’s happened but I’ve never tried (and I loveee baking) These look super tempting, and that cream cheese frosting look amazing!

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  19. This looks really yummy! Thank you so much for sharing. I love red velvet and I have seen so much of it today. Definitely enjoyable on Valentine’s Day!

  20. My husband has probably spent half of the 16 Valentine’s day we’ve spent together deployed. Totally sucky and lonely… he’s here this year, so we went out to a nice lunch and are having a special family dinner tonight for the kids!

  21. These brownies do sound tasty-red velvet anything does get my vote. Also, thanks for giving us the option of cakey or fudgey! Hope you are having a wonderful Valentine’s day.

  22. So cute! :) Love the flavor combinations, these must be absolutely perfect for today!

  23. I will apologize first because I am not entering the giveaway and I know how it messes up the count to determine the winner when there are annoying people like me who comment anyway. I don’t drink coffee and that scoop is SO cute, I’d want someone who could really enjoy it to win. However. I love those red velvet brownies. They look mighty delicious.

  24. You say red velvet and cream cheese icing and I’m there! Red velvet cupcakes are a favorite of mine, but I love the idea of brownies too.

  25. The brownies are adorable – welcoming and chocolatey. The scoops are adorable – best of luck with the giveaway!

  26. Hi Stephanie! I’m just wondering about the chocolate measue…I don’t get it!!! 2 oz or 4 oz??? And can I just melt choco chips? I really want to make these tonight! Thx for ur help! Happy Valentines Day!!!

    • Hi Ali,

      It depends on how “fudgey” you want your brownies to be. It’s 2 oz. for more cakey brownies, and 4 oz. for a fudgier brownie. If you want to go the fudgier route, also note that you should only use 1 cup of flour instead of 1 1/4 cups. And you can use chocolate chips, but I assume they are semi-sweet? Your brownies may just be a tad sweeter if you use them as opposed to unsweetened chocolate, but they should still be pretty good! Let me know how you like them! :)

  27. My husband and I are total homebodies too. A night in with these brownies sounds just about perfect to me :) My best Valentine’s Day…when I was living in Ohio and my husband (fiancee at the time) was living in Phoenix, I came out to visit him. On a hike, we decided to move our wedding up by a year and that I would move to Phoenix to live with him!

  28. Cute brownies, and fondue is an awesome Valentine dinner! My best Valentine’s was probably when my husband and I were dating and he bought a bucket of rose petals to decorate my floor/bed, and flowers/balloons etc…also my worst because I ended up working late and was totally too grumpy to appreciate it properly and we missed our dinner reservation :P

  29. I love red velvet too! Thanks for the tips on the fudgey style. Oh and on the buttermilk tip too!!

  30. I follow your twitter. :)

  31. I follow your facebook page. :)

  32. I tweeted your Valentine’s Day giveaway post with link. :)

  33. My best Valentine’s Day ever was 25 years ago today, my husband got down on his knee and said, “Will you please, please, pretty please marry me”. :)

  34. Yummy brownies, no question, and red velvet is perfect for Valentine’s Day, of course. Fondue sounds like a perfectly romantic Valentin’s dinner.. one of the more intimate foods. Hope you guys had a wonderful Valentine’s Day!

  35. What a wonderful recipe–so pretty! I would have to say my best was celebrating my first Valentine’s Day with my husband-to-be. It was wonderful knowing he would be my valentine for life, and that I would never have another lonely Valentine’s Day again!

  36. I blog for a little over a year and I don’t have a brownie recipe shared :) there’s always time, right?
    the coffee spoons are so darn cute!

  37. Okay can I enter by proxy? Man I hate being a Canuck some days.

    Cutest brownies EVAH!

  38. Hi Stephanie! I once received a dozen roses to my office, anonymously. Each rose was a different color and they were beautiful! I never thought to combine red velvet with brownies….but they look delish! And so pretty! : )

  39. cute coffee scoop! My best Valentine’s Day was when my boyfriend surprised me with courtside tickets to an NBA game :)

  40. Oh, these brownies are so cute! I love them!
    What a great giveaway too. Following your on Pinterest.

  41. And I don’t have a good Valentine’s story. :-( We’ve never really celebrated it, but I do love my husband a whole bunch. Does that count. ;-)

  42. I think every year, our Valentine’s Day gets better and better. We are pretty simple (I got him a bourbon decanter – which he is in love with) and he got me a really nice chef’s knife. No need for flowers. No need for a fancy dinner. Just the company of one another and we’re just happy as is!

  43. I will try to be gracious in my comments and not complain too vociferously about your apparent prejudice towards Canadians (ha-ha!! :)) – these brownie hearts look smashing Stephanie – absolutely perfect for Valentine’s Day! Congratulations on your 9 months of blogging… keep up the great work; I love visiting.

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  45. I think it took me over a year to finally make a red velvet recipe, so you are right on schedule, LOL! These look gorgeous, and I love the idea of a fudgier brownie:-) I won’t lie, after 18 years, my hubby and I still don’t care for any big Valentine’s Day celebratios:-) So I don’t have any good or bad stories to share:-/ I love those spoons, they are adorable!!!! Hugs, Terra

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  47. I follow you on Twitter as CafeTerraBlog!

  48. I follow you on Pinterest as CafeTerraBlog!

  49. I just tweeted your giveaway!! :-)

  50. These are so festive and pretty!

  51. The macaroni necklaces that my boys made me for a valentine gift. They were so excited about them. I would “wear” them to work, hang them on the rear view mirror, and then “wear” them home.

  52. I like Eat, Drink, Love on FB

  53. I follow you on pinterest

  54. What I need is a cold glass of strawberry milk with this decadent creation – looks wonderful and I bet tasted like heaven :D
    Yummy post!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru
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  55. These are so adorable! I am loving the sprinkles on top! They sound delicious as well :)!

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