Red Velvet Brownies

red velvet brownies beauties

 Morgan Walker / the Spruce

  • Total: 38 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 28 mins
  • Cooling Time: 20 mins
  • Servings: 16 servings
  • Yield: 1 pan

This fudgy and chewy take on red velvet cake is a great option for Valentine’s day or to bring along to parties. As is, the hue is dark-red nearly maroon, but controlling the hue is simple. To create bright red brownies just add a few extra drops of red food coloring and remove 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder. For a fun and festive addition, try topping cooled brownies with cream cheese frosting and red sprinkles, or a sprinkle of powdered sugar.

They can be made ahead, cut, and stored in an airtight container for up to 3 days.


  • 1 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled 
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 4 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons red food coloring
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    red velvet brownies ingredients
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  2. Preheat oven to 350 F and lightly grease an 8 x 12-inch baking dish with butter or cooking spray.

  3. In a large bowl add melted butter, coconut oil, and sugars and whisk well to combine.

    mix brown sugar and fats for brownies
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  4. Add eggs, vanilla, vinegar, and food coloring and whisk well another minute, until the color is red throughout and fully combined. 

    add eggs and food coloring and whisk
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  5. Sift flour, cocoa powder, and salt into the butter mixture.

    sift in cocoa powder and flour
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  6. Gently fold the dry ingredients into the wet until no flour bits remain, careful not to overmix.

    gently fold to combine ingredients
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  7. Pour the batter into prepared pan and smooth the top.

    spread brownie batter in greased pan
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  8. Bake for 25 to 28 minutes, or until the center no longer jiggles. Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 15 to 20 minutes before slicing.