Red Velvet Brownies

red velvet brownies

Red velvet anything is always a classic. It has to be done right though. True red velvet flavor comes from an interaction between cocoa powder and white vinegar. It sounds weird to add white vinegar to a sweet dessert, but trust me on this. There’s nothing more disappointing than a flavorless red velvet baked good. I made sure these red velvet brownies capture the flavor, and I’m super happy with the result. They’re much faster and easier to throw together than red velvet cake, so they’re perfect for days when that red velvet craving hits but you need something quick.

I’m not wild about frosted brownies, so I mixed white chocolate chips in here instead of going with the classic cream cheese frosting. I think my thing is that brownies are so rich, I feel like frosting just detracts from it and tastes incongruous. If you love frosted brownies though, go for it! You can skip the white chocolate and go with a cream cheese frosting-my quick recipe is 8oz softened cream cheese mixed with 2-3 cups powdered sugar and a generous splash of vanilla. Or go wild with both frosting and chocolate chips! The batter is pretty thin so the chocolate chips will sink towards the bottom, and you get a nice crust.

If you make these red velvet brownies, please let us know what you think! We’d love to hear from you, either in the comments below or on social media. And if these don’t satisfy your brownie cravings, check out our ancho chile brownies. Happy baking!

Red Velvet Brownies

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Course: Dessert
Keyword: brownies, dessert, red velvet
Servings: 12 brownies
Author: Erica


  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tsp white vinegar
  • 5 drops red food coloring gel
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F and grease a 9 inch square baking tin.
  • In a medium saucepan, melt together the butter and the two sugars and remove from heat.
  • Combine the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt in a bowl and set aside.
  • Mix the eggs and vanilla into the butter and sugar mixture. Then add in the dry ingredients until just incorporated.
  • Add the white vinegar and food coloring gel and mix to combine. Adjust the food coloring amount if you want a more red brownie or if you are using regular food coloring instead of a gel concentrate.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared tin and sprinkle the white chocolate chips across the top.
  • Bake for 40-45 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the center comes out clean.

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