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Easy One Bowl Fudgy Red Velvet Brownies Recipe

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If you’re looking for a super fudgy red velvet brownies recipe that’s easy to make with guaranteed results, you’re in the right place! Made in just one bowl these gloriously indulgent brownies are sure to impress your friends and family.

Red velvet brownies drizzled with white chocolate in a stack of 5 on a pink plate with a fork on the side. Set over a Green wooden backdrop with a red linen napkin and scattered white chocolate chips in the background.

I’ve been working on this recipe for a while. Just like my one bowl fudgy brownie recipe, I knew it had to be equally as simple to achieve incredible results without loads of faffing about.

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After lots of testing (and eating!) I finally did it. I developed a red velvet brownie recipe that’s easy to make, creates minimal pots to wash after and yields unbelievably gooey, fudgy and delicious results!

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I’m not kidding. It only takes around 10-15 mins to make the batter then the oven does the rest of the work for you! It really is that easy.

Red velvet brownies drizzled with white chocolate in a stack of 5 on a pink plate. Set over a green wooden backdrop with scattered white chocolate chips in the background.

It also works incredibly well in this red velvet millionaire brownies recipe. Yes, you heard me… RED VELVET MILLIONAIRE BROWNIES!!! They taste as good as they sound!

Over head view of red velvet brownies drizzled with white chocolate on a cream plate set over a larger pink plate. Two brownies are on their side and there is a fork, red linen napkin and white chocolate chips in the background. Set over a green wooden backdrop.

Why do you put vinegar in red velvet brownies?

Red velvet has a unique flavour that is created using a combination of cocoa powder and vinegar. The two ingredients work perfectly together to create the tangy red velvet flavour we all know and love. Without the vinegar, it would just taste like a regular chocolate brownie that’s red in colour.

Red velvet brownies drizzled with white chocolate in a stack of 5 on a pink plate with a fork on the side. Set over a Green wooden backdrop with scattered white chocolate chips in the background.

What’s so special about red velvet brownies?

Red velvet brownies are very different from chocolate brownies and blondies. They have a wonderfully unique flavour made by combining cocoa powder and vinegar. Team this original tangy taste with either cream cheese frosting or white chocolate and it’s a very special thing indeed!

Over head view of red velvet brownies drizzled with white chocolate on a cream plate set over a larger pink plate. Two brownies are on their side and there is a fork, red linen napkin and white chocolate chips in the background. Set over a green wooden backdrop.

What you need to know

In this section you’re going to learn everything you need to know about making these gorgeously gooey red velvet brownies perfectly first time! If you don’t read it all – I beg you to read the ‘recipe tips’ section at the very least. You won’t regret it!

Red velvet brownies drizzled with white chocolate in a stack of 5 on a pink plate. Set over a green wooden backdrop with a bowl of flour, a bowl of white chocolate chips and scattered white chocolate chips in the background.

Ingredients

Here’s all you need to know about the ingredients required for red velvet brownies.

  • Butter – Always use unsalted cooking in baking unless the recipe states otherwise. This puts you in full control of the salt content of your bakes.
  • Sugar – I like to use golden caster sugar but regular white caster sugar (superfine in the US) will work well too.
  • Cocoa Powder – Make sure you use proper baking cocoa powder and not drinking chocolate as this already has sugars added to it and will upset the delicate flavour balance in this recipe.
  • Eggs – Organic free range are my favourite but any medium sized eggs you have should work great.
  • Vanilla – Using a good quality vanilla brand like Nielsen Massey (affiliate link) will make a huge difference in your bakes. Supermarket brands just don’t pack as much flavour!
  • Red Food Colouring – I only use Sugarflair red extra food colouring gel (affiliate link) as it’s the only one I’ve come across that’s strong enough to give a really deep red colour without affecting the consistency of the batter.
  • Flour – Plain (all purpose) flour is needed for this recipe. Don’t substitute with others as it will affect the end result.
  • Salt – I use table salt in all my bakes. We just want the flavour not texture, so this cheaper version is perfect!
  • White Wine Vinegar – Don’t substitute this for another type of vinegar. White wine vinegar gives red velvet it’s unique flavour.
  • White Chocolate – You can use any white chocolate you like for drizzling over the top of your bakes.
Side view of red velvet brownies drizzled in white chocolate on a plate with two on their side and a fork in the background.

How to make red velvet brownies: simplified

  1. Melt butter in a bowl and beat in sugar and cocoa powder.
  2. Mix in the eggs then the vanilla and red food colouring.
  3. Fold through the flour and salt.
  4. Mix in the white wine vinegar then pour into a lined tin.
  5. Bake for 23-25 mins, cool then slice.
Over head view of red velvet brownies drizzled with white chocolate on a cream plate set over a larger pink plate. Two brownies are on their side and there is a fork, red linen napkin and white chocolate chips in the background. Set over a green wooden backdrop.

Recipe tips

Here are a ton of helpful tips to help you in your baking journey. I make the mistakes so you don’t have to!

  • Using ingredients that are all the same temperature help to blend the batter together much better. Allow refrigerated items to come to room temperature before using.
  • Prepare your ingredients and equipment before you start baking. Also read through the recipe. This really helps to keep things stress free and you’re less likely to make mistakes.
  • Once you’ve added the flour, try not to over mix the batter. It can make your brownies more chewy than fudgy.
  • Go easy with the red food colouring. You can always add more but you can’t take it out.
  • Remember that batters become lighter during baking, so you want a nice deep red coloured batter. Otherwise they can come out an unappetising pale pink.
  • Be patient and let the red velvet brownies cool completely before removing from the tin and slicing.
Red velvet brownies drizzled with white chocolate in a stack of 5 on a pink plate with a fork on the side. Set over a Green wooden backdrop with a red linen napkin and scattered white chocolate chips in the background.

How to store red velvet brownies

Store your red velvet brownies in a metal tin at room temperature. I find metal tins help keep the original texture of your bakes for longer, whereas plastic ruins it quite quickly.

Red velvet brownies drizzled with white chocolate in a stack of 5 on a pink plate. Set over a green wooden backdrop with scattered white chocolate chips in the background.

One Bowl Red Velvet Brownies – Step by Step Picture Recipe

(For a printer friendly version, see the recipe card at the end of this post)

Ingredients

Here is what you will need to make 16 bars.

  • 225g (1 Cup) Unsalted Butter
  • 330g (1 + 2/3 Cup) Caster Sugar
  • 3 tbsp Cocoa Powder
  • 2 x Eggs
  • 1.5 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1.5 tsp Strong Red Food Colouring Gel
  • 200g (1 + 2/3 Cup) Plain Flour
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 3 tsp White Wine Vinegar
  • 50g (1.8 oz) White Chocolate (optional)

Essential equipment

  • 20cm (8″) Square Baking Tin
  • Mixing Bowl
  • Spatula
  • Piping Bag (optional)

Instructions

Preheat your oven to 180ºC/Fan 170ºC/356ºF and grease and line your tin.

Then melt the butter (225g | 1 Cup) in your mixing bowl in the microwave in 10 second intervals. Stir well between each time.

Melted butter in a glass bowl with a rubber spatula in it.

Next add in the caster sugar (330g | 1 + 2/3 Cup) and cocoa powder (3 tbsp) and beat vigorously with a rubber spatula. When you’re done it should be quite smooth and not grainy on the bottom of the bowl anymore.

Melter butter, sugar and cocoa powder mixed together in a glass bowl with a spatula.

Now beat the eggs (x 2), vanilla (1.5 tsp) and red food colouring gel (1.5 tsp) into the batter until shiny, smooth and there’s no more streaks in the colour.

Melted butter, sugar, cocoa powder, eggs, vanilla and red food colouring mixed together in a glass bowl with a spatula.

Then gently fold in the flour (200g | 1 + 2/3 Cup) and salt (1/2 tsp). Try not to over mix.

Melted butter, sugar, cocoa powder, eggs, vanilla, red food colouring, flour and salt imxed together in a glass bowl with a spatula.

Lastly, gently stir through the white wine vinegar (3 tsp) until fully incorporated into the batter.

Red velvet brownie batter in a glass bowl with a rubber spatula in it.

Now tip the red velvet brownie batter into your prepared tin and smooth out with a spatula.

Red velvet brownie batter in a lined square tin.

Oh the pegs? Yeah – I’m what they call a ‘lazy liner’. The pegs stop the baking paper from falling onto the batter during baking!

Bake in your preheated oven for 23-25 mins until the top is crisp.

Baked red velvet brownie cooling in a lined square baking tin.

Allow it to cool completely in the tin before attempting to remove and slice. Trust me, your patience will be rewarded!

Decorating your red velvet brownies

This part is entirely optional but does add to the overall appearance and flavour of your red velvet brownies.

Melt your white chocolate in 10 second intervals in the microwave, stirring well between each time. Once two thirds melted, stir the rest of the way until completely melted.

Pour the melted white chocolate into a piping bag or plastic food bag, snip the end and pipe zig zags over each red velvet brownie. Allow to set on a cooling rack.

Red velvet brownies on a cooling rack that have been drizzled with melted white chocolate.

Store your brownies in a metal container at room temperature and consume within 5-7 days.

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Have you made these beautiful red velvet brownies? I’d love to know if you have! Send me your pics, comments and questions on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or email me at emma@kitchenmason.com.

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Easy One Bowl Velvet Brownies - Printable Recipe

Yield: 16
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Intensely fudgy and indulgent red velvet brownies that are made in just ONE BOWL and guaranteed to impress!

Ingredients

  • 225g (1 Cup) Unsalted Butter
  • 330g (1 + 2/3 Cup) Caster Sugar
  • 3 tbsp Cocoa Powder
  • 2 x Eggs
  • 1.5 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1.5 tsp Strong Red Food Colouring Gel
  • 200g (1 + 2/3 Cup) Plain Flour
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 3 tsp White Wine Vinegar
  • 50g (1.8 oz) White Chocolate (optional)

Essential equipment

  • 20cm (8″) Square Baking Tin
  • Mixing Bowl
  • Spatula
  • Piping Bag (optional)

Instructions

    1. Preheat your oven to 180ºC/Fan 170ºC/356ºF and grease and line your tin. Melt the butter in a mixing bowl in the microwave in 10 second intervals.
    2. Beat in the sugar and cocoa powder with a spatula until it's no longer grainy on the bottom of the bowl.
    3. Add the eggs, vanilla and food colouring and beat until smooth and evenly coloured.
    4. Gently fold in the flour and salt, just until you can't see any more streaks of flour.
    5. Lastly, carefully stir through the white wine vinegar until evenly blended.
    6. Smooth the batter out into your prepared tin and bake for 23-25 mins until crisp on top. Allow to cool completely in the tin before removing and slicing.

    Decorating your red velvet brownies (optional)

    1. Melt white chocolate in the microwave in 10 second intervals. Once two thirds melted, stir until completely melted. Pour into a piping bag, snip the end and drizzle zig zags over each brownie. Allow to set on a cooling rack.

Notes

Store your red velvet brownies in an airtight metal container at room temperature and consume within 5-7 days.

See the main post for a more detailed, step by step picture recipe.

Be sure to read the 'What you need to know' section (especially the 'Recipe tips' part!) for lots of helpful information before you begin making this recipe.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 16 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 257Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 54mgSodium: 86mgCarbohydrates: 33gFiber: 1gSugar: 23gProtein: 3g

Nutritional information on kitchenmason.com should only be used as a general guideline, I am not a certified nutritionist. Please always check labels for allergens where applicable.

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Zully Hernandez

Monday 24th of May 2021

I honestly never knew that the white wine vinegar was so key - great tips!

Emma

Monday 24th of May 2021

It really is! You're so very welcome :) Emma x

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