In The Kitchen - Dessert
January 24, 2021

Red Velvet Brownies

This creamy, chocolatey recipe for red velvet brownies makes for a decadent Valentine's treat pefect for your special someone.

10 min read

Who loves red velvet? Brownies? Have trouble choosing between the two? Me, too, and this recipe is for you!

I ove red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting - so soft and buttery. This recipe kicks it up a notch with red velvet brownies, swirld with cream cheesd and topped with chocolate ganache and chocolage chips. Perfect for Valentines, Christmas or any day you need a little pick-me up, this recipe does take a little while to prepare, but if you are pressed for time, check out the tips & timesavers section to covert this scratch made recipe to semi-homemade.

Red Velvet Brownies

24 brownies
Prep Time
1 hr 35 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
2 hrs 15 min

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  • 2 medium sized bowls
  • Mixer
  • Spatula
  • 9x13 baker,



  • 4 eggs
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/3 cup cocao powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 Tablespoons red food coloring
  • 3/4 teaspoon white vinegar (optional - this brightens the food coloring)

Cream Cheese Swirl

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 egg yolk

Oreo Layer

  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1 package of Oreos, crushed

Chocolate Ganache

  • 11.5 ounces of milk chocolate chips, melted
  • 1 cup cream
  • 12 ounces mini semi-sweet chocolate chips


Cream Cheese Swirl

  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the cream cheese ingredients until fully incorporated and smooth.
Red Velvet Brownie ingredients


  • Cream the butter and sugar in the mixer, then add each egg one by one.  
  • In a separate bowl, combine the dry ingredients.  Gradually add the dry ingredients to the mixer and incorporate on medium speed.
  • Pour 1/2 the mixture into a 9x13 baker lined with foil and greased.
Red Velvet Brownie pre bake
  • Add dollops of the cream cheese mixture space ~2 inches apart throughout the red velvet surface.  Using a knife, drag it through the cream cheese in a large ‘S’ shape to create a swirl.
  • Top the cream cheese layer with the remaining red velvet batter.
Red Velvet Brownie with cheesecake swirl
  • Bake for 42-48 minutes at 350 degrees F.
  • Allow to cool before adding remaining layers.

Oreo layer

  • When the red velvet brownies are nearly cool, mix the crushed Oreos (I crused mine with my rolling pin in a plastic bag) with the melted butter.
  • Top the cooled brownies with this layer.


  • In a saucepan, bring the cream to a near boil on low heat.
  • Pour the milk chocolate chips into the cream until melted, and allow to stand for ~ 3-5 minutes, then whisk until smooth.  
  • Pour the ganache over the Oreo layer.
  • Top with mini choclate chips.
  • Place the brownies in refrigerator for ~1 hour to allow the ganache to set-up.
Red Velvet Brownie single on tray


Don’t have tons of time between work, cleaning the house and keeping up with kiddos? Here are a few shortcuts to get the same great taste in less time:

  • Substitute the scratch brownies with a store bought red velvet cake mix, 1/2 cup melted butter and two eggs.
  • Skip the cream cheese swirl, or top the brownies with store bought cream cheese icing before the Oreo layer.

These decadent morsels are sublime sweets for the sweet and I hope they brighten your table and your day.

For more Valentine’s ideas, check out my post Love in Bloom and for more recipes, visit the In the Kitchen section of the blog.

How are you celebrating Valentine’s?  I’d love to hear about your plans in the comments.