These rich, chewy red velvet brownies are topped with smooth cream cheese frosting for an indulgent, ever-so-pretty dessert. They're easy to make, starting with a cake mix, and are just as flavorful as they are showy. Perfect for Valentine's Day, Christmas, or any day you feel like indulging.
Table of Contents
- Homemade Brownies
- Why You'll Love This Red Velvet Brownies Recipe
- How to Make Red Velvet Brownies with Cake Mix
- How to Make Cream Cheese Frosting for Brownies
- Recipe Variations
- Recipe Tips
- Best Way To Cut Brownies
- How to Decorate
- How to Store and Freeze
- More Dessert Recipes
Dense and rich, these red velvet cupcakes, studded with white chocolate chips, are easy to decorate for any season. The creamy homemade frosting with a few sprinkles is the perfect finishing touch. There's nothing quite like the combination of sweet cream cheese and red velvet. Chocolate lovers will reach for seconds, and thirds, of these sweet brownies.
When you need to bake desserts for a crowd, making a pan of brownies is always a good idea. And there are so many different ways to make them! Bake up a batch of Banana Pudding Brownies, Lemon Brownies, and Brownies with Candy to keep the brownie love going.
Why You'll Love This Red Velvet Brownies Recipe
When you really want a wow-inducing dessert that is so easy you don't have to think about it, make a batch of easy red velvet brownies with cake mix. Since it's made with cake mix, you don't have to worry about a huge list of ingredients.
When you follow this recipe, you'll make a large pan of chewy and fudgy red velvet brownies. Be careful - it's sooo easy to overeat them! They are that good!
Even better than the brownies is the silky cream cheese frosting. Added together, these decadent red velvet brownies with cream cheese frosting are aromatic and so full of flavor that you won't be able to keep from devouring them.
Be prepared. One pan of mouth-watering red velvet brownies with white chocolate chips won't be enough!
For cake mix red velvet brownies:
- Red Velvet Cake Mix - Duncan Hines or Betty Crocker recommended
- Vegetable Oil
- Vanilla Extract - make sure to use pure extract for the best flavor
- White Chocolate Chips - Ghirardelli brand recommended
For cream cheese frosting:
- Cream Cheese - use full fat for the creamiest frosting
- Butter - make sure it is room temperature for the easiest blending
- Vanilla Extract
- Powdered Sugar
How to Make Red Velvet Brownies with Cake Mix
- Pour red velvet cake mix into a large bowl.
- Add eggs, oil, and vanilla extract.
- Stir well,
- Fold in white chocolate chips.
- Fill an 8x8-inch baking pan that has been sprayed with nonstick spray with the brownie batter.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes at 2350 degrees. Remove from oven and let cool in the pan on a wire rack.
How to Make Cream Cheese Frosting for Brownies
- While the brownies are cooling, make the cream cheese frosting. Place room temperature cream cheese and butter in the mixing bowl of an electric mixer.
- Beat well for 2-3 minutes or until light and fluffy. Continue to beat while adding vanilla extract.
- Gradually add powdered sugar.
- Continue mixing until you have a smooth and fluffy mixture of frosting consistency. If your frosting is too thick, try adding a tablespoon of cream.
Frost the brownies when they are completely cooled. You have two options here. You can either frost them in the pan or chill the pan of brownies then remove them from the pan onto a wooden cutting board and then frost.
To finish, sprinkle the frosted red velvet brownies with sprinkles appropriate to the occasion. As you can see, these are my red velvet brownies Valentine's Day special. They also work with red and green sprinkles for Christmas too. Of course, don't let that stop you from making this red velvet brownies recipe any time of year.
- Add 1 more egg for cake-like brownies.
- Use dark or milk chocolate chips instead of white chocolate chips.
- Leave off the frosting and just sprinkle some powdered sugar on top.
- Line the baking pan with parchment paper for easier removal of brownies from the pan. If you grease the pan first, the parchment will stick to the sides of the pan. If the parchment is at least 1 inch higher than the top of the brownies, you can use it to lift the brownies out of the pan.
- Do not overmix the batter.
- Cool the brownies in the pan completely before removing them from the pan or slicing them.
How to Tell When Brownies are Done
You don't want to overbake brownies or they will be dry. You can tell these red velvet brownies are done when a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with a few moist crumbs and maybe a slight smear of red.
Best Way To Cut Brownies
- Refrigerate the brownies until they are thoroughly chilled.
- Remove them from the pan and place them on a cutting board.
- Use a long kitchen knife (with a 10-inch blade or longer) and cut straight down.
- Wipe off the blade after each cut.
How to Decorate
Sprinkle the top with red sprinkles, red heart-shaped sprinkles for Valentine's Day, red star-shaped sprinkles for Christmas, or red jimmies.
How to Store and Freeze
The brownies need to be refrigerated because they have cream cheese frosting.
Place the frosted brownies in an airtight container with parchment or wax paper between the layers. Refrigerate them for up to 5 days.
Freeze the brownies in a freezer-safe container for up to 3 months. Thaw them in the refrigerator overnight.
Red Velvet Brownies with Cream Cheese Frosting
Cream Cheese Frosting
- 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
- ½ cup butter, room temperature
- 1 ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 4 cups powdered sugar
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray an 8x8-inch square baking dish with a nonstick spray.
- In a large bowl, mix cake mix, oil, eggs and vanilla extract. Batter will be thick.
- Stir in the white chocolate chips.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes.
- Let cool in the pan.
Cream Cheese Frosting
- While brownies are cooling, make the frosting.
- Beat cream cheese and butter until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes.
- Continue mixing while adding vanilla extract.
- Turn the mixer to low and gradually add the powdered sugar.
- If the frosting seems too thick to spread, add a small amount of milk.
- Spread the brownies with cream cheese frosting then cut into 12-16 squares.