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Fudgy red wine brownies with Christmas sprinkles on a white tray

Fudgy Red Wine Brownies

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Fudgy Red Wine Brownies: An easy, elegant, not to mention rich, chocolate dessert. The addition of red wine only enhances the flavor and make for some decadent and delicious adult brownies.

Fudgy red wine brownies with Christmas sprinkles on a white tray

Fudgy Red Wine Brownies

Due to my crazy, self imposed, blogging schedule, I was cooking up a slew of new recipes that weren’t exactly thrilling the persnickety family. But when I mentioned fudgy red wine brownies, the hubby perked up. He was obviously relieved he wouldn’t have to stock up on Oreos while I baked my way through the list.

I was honored to be selected by Gallo to cook up something for the holidays with wine…and, of course, I went with something rich and chocolate. Who doesn’t go nuts for brownies?


Plated Fudgy red wine brownies with holiday garnishes

Why add Red Wine to Recipes?

Like salt, alcohol is a flavor enhancer. Have you ever wondered why Penne alla Vodka is so much better than just plain old pasta in a tomato cream sauce? You’ve got it; it’s the addition of alcohol. Wine is such a fabulous addition to so many entrees. Most of the alcohol evaporates while the dish cooks, so it’s still a family friendly meal. So why not add it to a dessert?

Pairing a nice red wine like a Cabernet Sauvignon worked beautifully with the semi-sweet chocolate…the wine enhanced the chocolate flavor beautifully. The essence of wine is there, but it’s subtle. My chocoholic sons didn’t object one bit. The cab I selected was described as a “full bodied, dry wine with rich black fruit and spice undertones.'” Perfect.

Since our Thanksgiving pies were long gone, I was wondering how these brownies would work as one of the many sweets I churn out for Christmas. Each year, I whip up a variety of candies and cookies for our friends and neighbors. Some make an appearance every year like fudge and chewy gingersnaps. Whether others get made, like my noel nut balls and caramels, depends on what the cook is craving. 

Each family member has their favorite, and the baking and snacking has become an important part of our holiday tradition. These brownies can be jazzed up nicely for the holidays. I found some cute sugar stockings at Sur la Table that easily transform a simple fudgy brownie into a festive treat. A few homemade cookies are such a wonderful way to spread some holiday cheer. Think about adding these red wine brownies to your holiday repertoire.


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Fudgy red wine brownies with Christmas sprinkles on a white tray

Fudgy Red Wine Brownies

The addition of red wine gives these brownies an extra depth of flavor!

  • Author: Liz Berg
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 16 servings 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American


  • 4 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, cut into pieces
  • 1/4 cup red wine (I used Gallo Cabernet Sauvignon)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

For the glaze:

  • 2 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 tablespoons cream


  1. Preheat the oven to 350º. Line an 8×8 pan and line with non-stick foil or use regular foil and spray with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. Melt the chocolate and the butter together in a heatproof bowl in the microwave stirring every 30 seconds until melted and smooth.
  3. In a large bowl whisk together the eggs, sugars and vanilla. Whisk in the chocolate mixture and then the wine. Add the flour, cocoa powder and salt and whisk till smooth. Mix in the chocolate chips.
  4. Pour into the prepared pan and bake for 15-20 minutes or until a tester comes out with just a few moist crumbs.
  5. While the brownies are baking make the glaze. Melt the chocolate and butter in the microwave till smooth, then whisk in the cream until well combined. Pour the glaze over the warm brownies and spread with knife or offset spatula to cover.
  6. Cool completely, then remove from pan using foil and cut into squares to serve.


These brownies slice best when cold, but bring them to room temperature to serve.

Total time does not reflect chilling time.


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56 comments on “Fudgy Red Wine Brownies”

  1. Oh yes red wine can pair so well in bake treats. I cheer to these ever so festive boozy brownies.

  2. A perfect combo! I for one would never turn down brownies, but then I would never turn down red wine either! Count me in!

  3. These are my kind of brownies and I love the ones with the chocolate glaze on top. The sugar stockings are the perfect decorations!

  4. Cute and fun (with a kick from the wine)… now that says Happy Holidays. 🙂

  5. Red wine?! I’m intrigued…it totally makes sense though because you see it paired with chocolate at some restaurants and wineries at dessert time. I gotta try it now because I’m curious as to how it tastes. 🙂 Love how you decorated the brownies too!

  6. They are so so so cute! I am in love with them and the little stocking!

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