Browned Butter Red Velvet Brownies ~ From Scratch

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Hello! Meet the perfect Valentine’s day dessert!

Everyone loves a good brownie and when your regular brownies got a makeover, red velvet brownies were born. They become a thing of out-of-this-world! And they do not come from a box-mix! Yes, these are made 100% from scratch. So earn some extra brownie-points and make them for your Valentine!


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These brownies turned out so dang awesome that they were demolished FAST. It’s only 2 of us and with some self-control we made them last 48 hours! Every single piece and each last crumb was devoured with so much happiness. 9 pieces had to be equally divided among the 2 of us, such a difficult task! It was natural that I get an extra piece which I had happily consumed anyway while photographing these beauties. I mean who could resist? πŸ˜›

These brownies were supremely moist, fudgy and soft. Browned butter gives a unique depth of flavor. I like to use both white and brown sugar for a perfect brownie. Brown sugar attributes to a caramelized flavor while white sugar contributes to a crisp, shiny top! I’m a plain brownie person so I went plain with mine but you may fold in white chocolate chips and sprinkle some on top before baking for that extra chocolate-kick.


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You may decorate these in many ways. I had them plain, with some powdered sugar sprinkling, with Nutella frosting and warm brownie topped with Double Chocolate Ice-cream. You bet I was completely ruining my healthy diet those 2 days and it was absolutely worth it! Sorry to all my Instagram followers for torturing them with all that #foodporn. Now you’ve got the recipe, time to treat yourselves!

Browned Butter Red Velvet Brownies ~ from Scratch

Yields: 9 pieces | Prep time: 15 minutes | Bake time: 20 minutes | Total time: 35 minutes


  • 2/3 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 + 1/2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk (or 3 Tbsp milk + 1 Tbsp vinegar)
  • Red food color
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt


  1. Preheat the oven at 180ΒΊC / 350ΒΊF. Line 8Γ—8 inch square baking pan with an aluminium foil and grease it with oil. Set aside.
  2. Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium high heat. Stir constantly until butter has reached a light brown color and little bits have formed. It will be difficult to see the color of the butter as it foams a bit, so I go by smell– it will be very fragrant.
  3. Pour the butter in your mixing bowl(no need to cool). Add the sugars and cocoa powder and beat until smooth. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing in between each addition until almost creamy.
  4. Β Add the salt, buttermilk, red food coloring and vanilla extract.
  5. Add the flour and mix well. Batter will be of cupcake consistency.
  6. Spread the batter in baking pan and bake for 19-22 minutes (mine were done in exactly 20 minutes) o until toothpick inserted in a center comes out clean. Let cool completely before cutting into pieces. Serve with a sprinkle of powdered sugar, Nutella frosting or warm with a scoop of ice-cream.

22 thoughts on “Browned Butter Red Velvet Brownies ~ From Scratch

    • Well I have not tried the eggless version of this recipe but you could experiment using flaxseed egg or egg replacer. Lemme know if you end up trying!

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  2. We are making a cashew brownie for Valentine’s, would of tried yours if I had of seen before I had already gone to groceries, next time will give yours a go.
    Your red velvet brownies look wonderful.

    • Thank you Sayma! I saw your query regarding the quantity of food coloring. The quantity differs from brand to brand and the type of color(liquid or gel). So go with your visual and add more drop by drop till you get desired color. I used liquid food color and added heaping 1/2 tsp of it. Hope this helps!

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