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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 of chocolate.  These made 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 nutballs and caramels, depends on what the cook is craving. 

Each family member has their favorite, and 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!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Yield 16 servings


  • 4 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1/2 cup 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.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 207Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 43mgSodium: 130mgCarbohydrates: 23gFiber: 1gSugar: 18gProtein: 2g


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56 comments on “Fudgy Red Wine Brownies”

  1. Red wine and chocolate is such a great combo. I would love to have one of these brownies and a glass of red wine for a dessert any day of the week – holidays especially.

  2. Liz, this is a wonderful idea for festive brownies, making them extra fudgy. I’m with Renee, a glass of wine with them would be just the ticket! Fabulous.

  3. What a wonderful idea to use red wine in brownies! Chocolate + red wine is a winning combination! The festive decorations are cute, too.

  4. I love this pairing of chocolate and red wine too! It’s a perfect treat for the holidays (okay…really any time. 🙂 )

  5. Brownies combining two of myfavorite things – chocolate and red wine – into one. These look wonderful!

  6. Mmmm fudgy brownies sound great for breakfast 😉

  7. These are super cute! I’m also loving the red wine/chocolate combination!

  8. Not only on your Brownies, Fudgy, Liz, They have wine in them! Seriously, what’s not to love??? Chocolate and Wine celebrate so well together. I wouldn’t mind celebrating with either or both of them at all:)

    Thank you so much for sharing, Liz…

  9. Sounds like a great addition to the brownies and I love your cute little stockings:@)

  10. Yum…and LOVE those cute stocking decorations on top!!

  11. I love this idea, Liz – they look so rich and fudgy (just the way I like my brownies)!

  12. You are so clever sneaking wine into these brownies! I bet they are out of this world!
    Those stocking on top are the cutest. Leave it to you to make the perfect Christmas Dessert!

  13. I don’t like wine (acidity, alcohol, tannins…etc etc I just am not a fan. I don’t even like grape juice) BUT I love chocolate, and I am so curious about what these brownies taste like!

  14. Red wine and chocolate…something very decadent about the combination. 🙂 ela

  15. I never mixed chocolate with wine before, but now I’m thinking it would be a darn good time! 🙂

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  17. Wow oh wow! I love this! Definitely my sort of sweet. I’m going to pester Mrs K R to make this (I could do it, but she’s so much better at baking!). Really nice – thanks.

  18. I knew we could count on YOU for a chocolate treat that made good use of the wine! Looks so, so delicious!

  19. So cute, Liz! I’d love to sink my teeth into a fudgy brownie right now. And with red wine – even better!

  20. Mmmm….I’m thinking brownies for breakfast are in order.

  21. So pretty Liz! ALMOST to pretty to eat!

  22. These brownies look GREAT
    I love the use of red-wine, and it’s a recipe I need to try 🙂

  23. I made two batches of brownies yesterday and I should totally have waited so I could make these!! They look so good. I’m going to head over to Sur La Table tomorrow and look for those sugar stockings!!!

  24. Ooh nice Liz. Perfect for when my son comes back from college. He loves brownies. Without fail I bake them only when he is around. 🙂 Happy Holidays my friend.

  25. I love those little stocking decorations Liz, they make your fabulous looking brownies look like a special occasion.

  26. Liz,
    These brownies look and sound amazing!! I’ve had cookies with red wine so I know these are going to be fabulous!!! yum! and my husband is the same way. . when I have a list of things to cook for the blog that he doesn’t like, particularly the vegetarian recipes! HA! too bad I say. . 🙂

  27. Liz these sound wonderful with the addition of the wine. Great idea. I love your little sugar stockings too. They take a brownie and jazz it up perfectly.

  28. Your brownies are festive and undoubtedly over the top delicious! Cheers!

  29. So beautifully presented, Liz. Very festive!

  30. I am SO making these; swapping out vegan “butter” for the cow and I am sure it will be a hit in my house. These look amazing, Liz. Just simply amazing and yes, mine will not look anything like it 🙂

  31. aw,… your fudge brownies look really delicious!

    Michael 🙂

  32. Red wine and chocolate is a winning combo for me. These brownies look amazing and super cute with the Santa hat.

  33. Fudgy brownies are my favorite and once you add red wine, they’d be irresistible!

  34. Kudos on all the individual decorations!

  35. I bet he did perk up. Who wouldn’t? Pinning this!

  36. A great combo for brownies. It reminds me of a German red wine chocolate cake.

  37. What a great idea to add wine to your brownies! These look so good Liz!

  38. You just combined to of my most favorite things into one treat! Love these so much!

  39. You ‘ve been sooo busy Liz! We admire how you can manage to bake all the wonderful stuff you make! Thank you for sharing another beautiful recipe!

  40. Liz this decor is so darn cute, like I really love how precise you are with that! Red wine and brownies?! Sounds like an ideal combination!

  41. I love how you decorated them, Liz. I saw them on FB and thought they were so festive and gorgeous. And I’m quite partial to a glass of red so I know I’d enjoy these. Sorry to hear you’ve had a few disasters in the kitchen lately but I can attest to the same issues – tis the season! xx

  42. These are delightful! How beautifully decorated!

  43. Lizzy, I have never tried red wine to bake with chocolate…and why not?…don’t know, just never have. Your fudge brownies are so pretty, fudgy, and a very unique recipe that I must try! Also your apple bundt cake…wow! …such a nice gesture to give for grieving friends…your chicken cacciatore; simply drooling over how delicious and moist it is…I could just go on-and-on backtracking to everything you made that I missed.

    I have also been making a lot of different dishes, (not so much baking)…but I’m a little disappointed in myself for not taking the time to take photos of my stuff to post about them, and include the recipe! Even this recent post of mine was a ‘last minute thought’ after having it made a day before, and most of it gone…sigh!
    I know you’ve been MIA…you are one super busy lady! xoxo

  44. They are so adorable, what a pretty little touch to your brownies.

  45. I don’t think I’ve baked with wine before, what am I waiting on? Had to be this recipe these look like a party on a plate.

  46. You totally got my attention with this recipe, you’ve managed to raise the bar on an ordinary brownie. I love how you’ve decorated them too, very beautiful.

  47. Chocolate and red wine…a winning combination!

  48. These brownies look and sound amazingl Liz! What a great idea to add wine to your brownies 🙂 Love how pretty and festive they look!

  49. Now I’m really intrigued to try baking with red wine! I love eating dark chocolate with a glass of wine, so I can imagine these would be amazing!

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

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

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

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

  54. 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!

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

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