This Red Velvet Brownies recipe is just the thing to celebrate special occasions, especially Valentine’s Day! These homemade treats are a luxury you can have every day.
You can easily mix up these brownies in just a few minutes. You won’t even need a mixer. The batter is easy to mix by hand. Be prepared to make a second batch when you eat the first ones too quickly!
There are only a few ingredients to make these delicious Red Velvet Brownies. You probably already have all of them in your pantry already. Except maybe the food coloring. You may need to add that to your next shopping list.
What makes this recipe so easy is that the butter is melted. There’s no need to make it smooth and then add your sugar. You can simply stir it together by hand.
Red Food Coloring
If you would like to use less food coloring but still get intense color, try using Coloring Gel or Paste instead.
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Why is There Vinegar in Red Velvet?
I’ve done some research to see if I can figure it out. Legend has it that red cakes were first made with beets to achieve the red color. When they were baked, the red color went away. Vinegar was added to retain the color.
Other sources say that there is a scientific chemical reaction between buttermilk, cocoa and vinegar that makes a cake red. Others say to use red food coloring and call it a day.
So, I used red food coloring and called it a day. The brownies were eaten in less than 24 hours so I think we didn’t miss the vinegar!
If you really need vinegar in your red velvet, use white or white wine vinegar and only about two or three teaspoons.
Do You Frost Brownies?
If you want to frost these brownies, I suggest a cream cheese or vanilla frosting. Either will complement the brownies. I’m sure chocolate would also be tasty, but it may overpower the vanilla and butter, giving you a regular chocolate brownie taste.
Because these required eating right away, I opted for something really easy. Melted vanilla chips (formerly called white chocolate chips) with a little bit of shortening was the perfect drizzle.
More Brownie Recipes
If you love brownies as much as I do, be sure to try one or all of these too!
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- 8" x 8" baking dish
- 1 ¼ cups All Purpose Flour
- ½ teaspoon Salt
- 3 tablespoons Cocoa Powder
- ¼ teaspoon Baking Powder
- ½ cup Butter, unsalted, one stick, melted
- 1 ½ cups Sugar, granulated, white
- 2 large Eggs, slightly beaten
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- 1 ounce Red Food Coloring
- Cooking Spray, like Pam, or parchment paper
- Preheat oven to 350℉.
- Spray an 8" x 8" baking dish with cooking spray or use parchment paper. Or, my favorite way, spray the dish and then place the parchment paper so the spray helps keep it in place while spreading the brownies.
- Place stick of butter in a microwave safe bowl and microwave it for 30 seconds at a time until melted. Set aside.
- In medium mixing bowl, whisk together first four ingredients.
- Add melted butter, sugar, eggs, vanilla extract and red food coloring to mixing bowl. With a spoon, mix until everything is just moistened. Will be thick and will be sticky.
- Bake in preheated oven for 25-30 minutes. The center may look a little underdone, but it will continue cooking as it cools. Do not overbake. You don't want the edges to get dry and hard.
- If you want to add a frosting or drizzle, allow the brownies to completely cool before frosting.
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