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Red Velvet Brownies with White Chocolate Icing

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Red velvet desserts have always been a favorite of my daughter. Katie has requested red velvet cake or cupcakes for her birthday numerous times, so I knew she’d love a batch of these Red Velvet Brownies with White Chocolate Icing!

Red Velvet Brownies with White Chocolate Icing on a white rectangular tray


Red Velvet Brownies with White Chocolate Icing

Katie loves anything red velvet. The hubby does not. I think he expected more chocolate flavor when he first tasted one of my red velvet cupcakes. He’ll still eat them, mind you, but would much rather have a devil’s food version with chocolate buttercream.

The minimal amount of cocoa powder is the reason Katie is such a fan, and why Bill is not. So to balance out all the lava cakes and boca negra of late, I whipped up a batch of red velvet brownies. The Queen of the House, as she is known around here, loves special treats just for her.

Red Velvet Brownies with White Chocolate Icing stacked on a square white plate

Are Red Velvet Brownies REALLY Brownies?

  • The definition of a brownie is a “small square of rich chocolate cake, usually containing nuts.” Well, I think that answers that! No!
  • These red velvet brownies are neither brownies or blondies, which are pale cookie bars, but instead just plain ol’ cookie bars.
  • There is a smidgen of cocoa powder, but not enough to make these any sort of  chocolate dessert. My husband will confirm this!

What is Needed to Make a Red Velvet Dessert?

  • First, and foremost, they need some sort of red coloring. These brownies have a healthy dose of red food coloring, but other red velvet recipes utilize ingredients like beet juice for a more natural dye.
  • Though dark in appearance, a red velvet dessert only has a few tablespoons of cocoa powder to darken and deepen the red velvet color versus give it a chocolate taste.
  • In most red velvet recipes, there’s also some vinegar added to to the batter which interacts with the cocoa and buttermilk to work some magic baking chemistry. This trio of ingredients brings out the red anthcyathin in cocoa powder, thus enhancing the red color.
  • These brownies contain neither vinegar nor buttermilk, but they’re still a very obvious red color!

A Red Velvet Dessert Recipe Redux

I blogged about this marvelous recipe a couple years ago. In fact, it was one of my first Foodgawker acceptances. But I have a whole new crowd of followers who may have missed this post. My sweet friend, Patti, shared this recipe with me, but it originally came from How Sweet It Is.

Check out Jessica’s post to see how amazing these look with a fluffier icing, then you can decide how to top yours. Add a little more milk to make the frosting softer and of piping consistency. Less milk will make the denser frosting I’ve used. I know you’re going to want to bake these beauties!

More Red Velvet Recipes You’ll Love:

PRO-Tip: To cut clean slices, chill your brownies, then use a hot knife to cut. I dip my knife into a glass of extremely hot water, dry it off, then cut. Bring the brownies back to room temperature to serve.


Red Velvet Brownies with White Chocolate Icing | Perfect for Valentine's Day or just because!

Red Velvet Brownies with White Chocolate Icing

Irresistible red velvet brownies smothered in a thick layer of white chocolate icing

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Yield 16 brownies


  • 1/2 cup butter, at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 1/4 cups flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons red food coloring


  • 1/2 cup butter, at room temperature
  • 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 4 ounces white chocolate, melted
  • 1/2 tablespoon milk


  1. Preheat oven to 350º. Line 8 x 8 pan with nonstick foil or regular foil. Grease regular foil with cooking spray if using.
  2. In a small bowl, mix cocoa powder, food coloring and 1 teaspoon of the vanilla to form a paste. Set aside.
  3. With a mixer, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, then add the second teaspoon of vanilla. Then beat in cocoa paste. Add flour and salt, and mix just until combined.
  4. Spread in pan. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool before frosting.
  5. Cream butter with mixer till fluffy. Add vanilla. Slowly mix in powdered sugar, then white chocolate. Add enough milk to reach desired consistency. Ice cooled brownies.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 brownie

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 330Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 55mgSodium: 141mgCarbohydrates: 48gFiber: 0gSugar: 40gProtein: 3g


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74 comments on “Red Velvet Brownies with White Chocolate Icing”

  1. These look like red velvet perfection! I love the white chocolate icing.

  2. Lizzy these are perfectly beautiful. I really want to come eat treats at your house some day. And I don’t believe it but I have totally missed the Red Velvet craze–is there time for me to hop on the Red Velvet bandwagon??
    I totally missed the macrame craze in the 70’s, I waited a couple of months and it was gone! I do think Red Velvet will be around a bit longer. I think this will be the recipe I make!!

  3. Lizzy , these delightful brownies are just perfectly delicious ๐Ÿ˜€

  4. Lizzy, I totally love these brownies. But sadly am on a diet, ate too many goodies during Chinese New Year and it’s payback time. Sobs!

  5. Oh, I’m so in love with the pics of these brownies ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. These look so amazing. I love the contrasting colours. How wonderful must that icing be – love white chocolate icing. And I didn’t know you are one of five girls! I’m one of five girls! We have so much in common xx

  7. Wow Lizzy… So perfectly baked! So neatly cut… Beauty!

  8. Gorgeous, I’m glad you re-did this because I’m one who missed the original. What a great idea to make brownies!

  9. I’ve been loving red velvet cake for many years, in it’s humble 13×9 inch pan roots. You have elevated it to a whole new status. Not a surprise for those of us who know and love you. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  10. Wow – these look amazing!! I’m so glad I am a new follower and get to see all these wonderful recipes you post……you are amazing Lizzy!

  11. Gorgeous! All the white chocolate icing makes me reallyyyy happy ๐Ÿ™‚ You always see red velvet cake or cupcakes – such a great idea for brownies, these woulda been perfect to bring to the office for valentine’s day!

  12. these are so gorgeous! that white chocolate icing looks especially divine!

  13. Dear Lizzy, It is so nice to visit with you. I don’t have my kitchen back yet but I am enjoying visiting. I miss my circle of friends and am very grateful for your visits and encouraging comments. Thank you. It means so much when your heart is hurting to know you are all there
    These red velvet brownies look wonderful. I am sure they were.
    Blessings my dear and xoxo, Catherine

  14. I’m sitting down on the Queen’s side of the fence. These look absolutely perfect. I even like the thought of the more dense frosting as well. They’re perfect.

  15. Those petite pieces look very sexy, Liz. Must have tasted delicious too.

  16. OMG these look incredible. Red velvet brownies? You are so creative.

  17. I’m in Tokyo and need to get to bed to attend 2 cooking classes tomorrow. But I sneaked a peek at your post and of course was hooked – happily =)

    Red Velvet is so popular in cake form but I’ve not seen the beauties as brownies. I would definitely like to try your delightful concoction upon a return to the US.

    P.s. How nice that your daughter gets treated like a royal.

  18. I think the queen of the house deserves these, because they look soooo incredible! And soooo perfectly cut! You put us all, rustic bakers,l to shame Liz. lol

  19. I’m sorry Liz, but I gotta agree with Hubby, I just don’t get this red velvet craze. Although, your brownies are absolutely gorgeous! You must really be a perfectionist, those squares are perfect! You have a very lucky family.

  20. These look so pretty. I’ve never thought to make a red velvet brownie. The color makes it look enticing. (Is there a step missing in #5?)

  21. Holy cow, check out that frosting! It’s as much frosting as brownie…just the way I like it ๐Ÿ˜‰ These look seriously amazing and I’m so glad you’ve shared them again because I think I missed them the first time around. My husband would love these.

  22. Oh my gosh these are amazing Liz. High 5!!!!!!

  23. I always like it when bloggers bring back old recipes – they tend to be particularly good ones. As this is. I’m an equal opportunity eater – I’ll happily eat these, a devil’s food version! They’re all good. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thanks for this.

  24. These look picture perfect. ๐Ÿ™‚ I love the tip of the hot knife… gotta try that one. ๐Ÿ™‚

  25. WOW! …. just wow! Those look so perfect. Have a great weekend, Lizzy! ๐Ÿ™‚

  26. OMY! dear Lizzy always your recipes are elegant and beautiful!! just amazing!! xoxox

  27. Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous! Would you believe that I’ve never made homemade red velvet anything? (I made box red velvet cake once years ago) I think I’m just scared that if I do, there’s no turning back and I’ll have no restraint… it was bad enough when Carla at Chocolate Moosey sent me red velvet cookie bars for Valentine’s Day and I ate all 6 in two days. Add cheesecake and I will no doubt be a goner!

  28. Gahh! I meant white chocolate icing. I was staring at it thinking about cheesecake… though making these brownies and topping them with white chocolate cheesecake is also not a bad idea. GAHH! Now I *really* need to make them!

  29. I think red velvet cakes is really about the frosting, and these brownies have a very generous amount! I’d love to have one now…that is, if Katie will share!

    Speaking of Queen of the House, I made up a little song for my 18 mo. old granddaughter:
    “Oh, you have to be entertained when you eat…
    You have to be held when you sleep…
    Oh, what’s a mother to do…
    But love a girl like you!”

    Of course, I think I’m Billy Crystal!

    Have a good night!

  30. These brownies look utterly gorgeous my friend ๐Ÿ˜€

    Choc Chip Uru

  31. Have no idea how do you make them so perfect and cut them so evenly!

  32. Ohh this is looking very elegant like all your desserts actually. Love it. I will save this recipe for later:)

  33. I think I must have missed this first time round, would have remembered it I’m sure as it looks SO good!

  34. I like red velvet, but I don’t understand the craze. However, I love white chocolate and these do look spectacular.


  35. These look so creamy and tasty! Red Velvet is the best!

  36. These look just too delicious for words! I am absolutely going to have to try making a batch.

    Thank you for stopping by my blog. Now following by e-mail and very much looking forward to it.

    Kate x

  37. Looks perfecly delicious,what a great combination with white chocolate,YUM ๐Ÿ™‚

  38. It looks like you spent hours cutting these to perfection. It will only take one minute for those to be inhaled in a house full of teenagers. Take Care, BAM

  39. The last time I made something red velvet, I through chocolate chips in the batter so my husband and son would eat it. They loved it with the chocolate chips. Those look absolutely delicious.

    Linking with my Ladies

  40. I love red velvet ANYTHING! So these are a must try at my house. Found you on the blog hop. Thank you so much for the recipe! Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

  41. Oh yes I remember your daughter loves red velvet. She’s a lucky girl who got to eat this already! I checked the fluffier one, but I love the look of your brownies better. White chocolate icing on top sounds really good!

  42. Oh my word!! You are killing me right now during Lent!! Love red velvet recipes!

  43. I think my husband would feel the same way, if there isn’t much chocolate it’s not as exiting for him to eat. Your brownies are so neatly cut and presented, and I love white chocolate icing!

  44. Lovely looking velvet brownies and I definitely belong to the new crowd and thanks for posting it for us!

  45. These are simply gorgeous!

  46. Hi Lizzy. These look amazing! I’m a red velvet fan too! But would never have thought of making these red velvet brownies! Yummers! Should try this some time soon ๐Ÿ™‚

  47. These brownies are delightful. Red Velvet is seriously like a dessert first love to me and I love that white chocolate icing too. Wish I get to sink my teeth in them right now. โ™ฅ Jo

  48. The red velvet brownies look divine. You always take the most beautiful pictures, I love them.

  49. Just beautiful, Liz!


  50. Loved the idea of white chocolate icing and the way you played with all the different presentations.

  51. No idea if I saw these the first time but I could look (and eat) them all day, every day.

  52. Gorgeous Lizzy! These are my Ladies Night favorite this week. Thanks for sharing. Hope to see you back this week.

  53. Thanks for linking up to The Best Blog Recipeโ€™s Weekend re-Treat #6!

    Wanted to stop by and pin your image to My Link Parties Craft/DIY & Recipe Boards while I was here.

    Hope you have a great rest of your week ๐Ÿ™‚


  54. Hi. Beautiful brownies. How did you get that icing so high and smooth? Thanks.

    • Kathy, I use a small off-set spatula (you can buy them at places like JoAnn fabrics or Michaels rather inexpensively). I will run it under hot water and dry it off before smoothing it over the frosting. That helps give a nice finished look. And the recipe makes enough for lots of frosting ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope you enjoy them!

  55. I just made these, and they were delicious! My husband loves brownies, and his favorite cake is red velvet, so he enjoyed the best of both worlds! The frosting is so creamy, too! Now I just need to stop eating them! ๐Ÿ™‚

  56. These look amazing Liz!

  57. Hi, can I replace the white chocolate with cream cheese??

    • Hi, Preeya,

      I’d just leave out the white chocolate. It should be fine. If you need to adjust the consistency of the frosting, just add more milk or more powdered sugar.

  58. My kids and I made these last year for the holidays and we can’t wait to make them again!

  59. I am IN LOVE with these red velvet brownies! That white chocolate icing looks to die for, too – it’s so fluffy and mouthwatering! I can’t wait to try these, Liz!

  60. OMG looks awesome! Going to try this tomorrow as I have guests coming for coffee. Can be made a day ahead, right>

  61. Bill is a lucky man to have such a gourmet baker in the home I bet he went nuts over these!

  62. These tun out so most and delicious!!

  63. This is the ultimate dessert right here! Can’t get enough of them!

  64. It’s like how did I ever live without red velvet desserts in my life?! Delicious recipe!

  65. It was a huge hit!! Such a gorgeous dessert!

  66. I havenโ€™t made this so cant really rate but from the picture, I would give it a 5 star. ย I was wondering if you could double the ingredients and put it in a 9 x 13 or a jellyroll pan?

    • Hi, Roberta!

      I haven’t doubled the recipe, but I think it could work. I’d recommend using a 9 x 13 pan as the area is closer to what doubling the square pan would be. Also, you’ll need to bake longer and maybe decrease the temperature by 25 degrees. Just watch the middle to make sure it is set before pulling these out of the oven. Let me know if you do double it, and how it works out!

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