Red Velvet Espresso Brownies

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These are dense, moist, fudgy and decadent! Soooooo good!!!!!

I found this in a Betty Cookbook and it used a instead of a from- recipe.
I used the Betty Crocker recipe the cream cheese layer and modified an existing brownie recipe that I had. I think I have modified it enough to call this my recipe.

1/2 cup butter (salted or unsalted, if you use salted, omit the salt called for in recipe)
4 oz chocolate (I used semi-sweet chocolate, if you use unsweetened add 1/4 cup to the 1 cup to make 1 1/4 cups for the sugar the brownie part asks for)
1 cup white sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 tbsp red food colour (1 oz or 30ml)
2 tbsp instant espresso (this makes for a strongly coffee flavoured brownie that I absolutely LOVED, but if you want a milder flavour add only 1 tbsp)
2 eggs
3/4 cup flour
1/4 tsp salt (omit this if you use salted butter like I did, this is a good rule of thumb for any cake or recipe unless indicated otherwise)

Melt butter and chocolate together and stir until smooth and place in large bowl, let cool slightly.
Add white sugar and vanilla and stir.
Add eggs and blend.
Add red food colour and espresso powder and stir it in (*note* I think that this would have been a nice coulour with only half to 3/4 of this amount and I may try reducing this the next time)
Add flour and salt (if using) and blend until smooth.
Reserve one cup of the batter and set it aside.
Line an 8×8″ (or 8×10″ like I used) with tin foil and grease the foil.
Pour in the batter and spread out evenly.

Cream cheese layer.
8oz of cream cheese (room temperature)
1 egg
1/2 sugar
1 tbsp vanilla
1 tbsp flour
Cream the sugar, cream cheese and vanilla together. Blend in the egg and then add the flour beating until smooth, light and fluffy.

Spoon the cream cheese over the batter in the pan, making as uniform a layer as you can.
Drizzle reserved red batter over top.
Run a spoon or spatula through the layers to swirl them together slightly.

Bake at 350F for about 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with only a few moist crumbs. The top of the brownie will look dry and will have some cracking in it. Mine took closer to 40 minutes because I am using a glass pan, metal pans are faster. Check brownies every 5 minutes or so at the 25 to 30 minute mark.

Cool completely on wire rack, remove from pan using the tin foil and cut into squares. Make small squares, these are very rich.

Anticipated questions:
-yes you can leave out the coffee or use instant regular coffee if you can't find the espresso
-yes you can leave out the red food colour, but you may have to reduce the flour to 1/2 cup
-yes you can leave out the cream cheese layer

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87 Comments for Red Velvet Espresso Brownies

  1. Anya Yokaya on April 19, 2013: (Reply)

    if any of u wanted 2 know how she made the happy cream cheese she probably
    carved the smile in and then when she poured the vanilla the smile got
    filled up. LOL

  2. LPS Mimi and Jacob on April 20, 2013: (Reply)

    that cream cheese just made my day

  3. Riley Black on April 20, 2013: (Reply)

    I wish I could give you two thumbs up. The first thumb up for the Happy
    Smiley Cream Cheese, and the second thumb up for this awesome recipe 🙂

  4. rusty101 on April 20, 2013: (Reply)


  5. Kathleen Tra on April 20, 2013: (Reply)

    The smile in the cream cheese. I wonder who did that 😉

  6. valeriemendez31 on April 21, 2013: (Reply)

    1:27 hAhA

  7. Jillian Oviedo on April 21, 2013: (Reply)

    Instead of the package, we just have the 8 oz contained with cream cheese.
    Is that okay, too?

  8. Angie Styles on April 21, 2013: (Reply)

    You should do a taste test on video! xD

  9. Rae Madrid on April 22, 2013: (Reply)

    I could have sworn that cream cheese was smiling at me.

  10. MsBakingQueen123 on April 22, 2013: (Reply)

    So cool!

  11. Ellie Doughty on April 22, 2013: (Reply)

    Oh my god! Am I crazy or did I just see that cream cheese smiling

  12. Raelin Husband on April 22, 2013: (Reply)

    Do you think it would be okay if we used Strawberry juice instead of food
    coloring because (in my opinion) i think food coloring taste bad .

  13. FallenAngel2406 on April 26, 2013: (Reply)

    I always use rose flavoured food colouring it does smell nice. You can get
    it in the Asian stores. Avoid the natural ones with the red beet root, they
    smell so bad and the flavour will go into your cake. I tried the beet root
    on my red velvet cupcakes the other day, trust me you don’t want to try
    that. it destroyed the smell too,worse the taste.

  14. Rupert Suelflow on April 27, 2013: (Reply)

    I made these just a little bit ago…I got bored and decided to bake lol. I
    kinda had to laugh though because my ingredients got too cool near the end
    so I put the bowl with everything in it in the microwave for I think 2 or 2
    1/2 minutes and they cooked inside the bowl! I made it work though and the
    brownies were pretty good 🙂 Thanks for sharing this recipe!

  15. Rupert Suelflow on April 27, 2013: (Reply)

    And I had to use blue food colouring because we didn’t have red

  16. anna allan on April 27, 2013: (Reply)

    do you live in canada

  17. Cindy Li on April 28, 2013: (Reply)

    1:27 The cream cheese has a smiley face.

  18. AlaskaKat 1210 on April 28, 2013: (Reply)

    do you have to put in the espresso powder?

  19. starrodriguez54321 on April 29, 2013: (Reply)

    The smilet face on the cream cheese is cute

  20. Jabu Kni on April 29, 2013: (Reply)

    Can I use a paste food coloring instead of a liquid food coloring?

  21. myakeshet on April 30, 2013: (Reply)


  22. NotLimitedTo1 on May 1, 2013: (Reply)

    I freaked when the cream cheese suddenly had a smile.

  23. Candy Smith on May 1, 2013: (Reply)

    SMILEY cream cheese! 🙂

  24. Candy Smith on May 1, 2013: (Reply)

    Thats what I used, and it came out good! Is it the Philadelphia carton?

  25. samantha soria on May 2, 2013: (Reply)

    do you have to use espresso powder ?

  26. marielachavez50 on May 3, 2013: (Reply)


  27. AnimalLoverGirlCutie on May 5, 2013: (Reply)

    im making these today!! if we dont have enough chocolate I might hafta use
    a little white chocolate which I love 🙂

  28. AnimalLoverGirlCutie on May 5, 2013: (Reply)

    no u do not need espresso powder everyone please like this so ppl stop

  29. akaSlamArts on May 7, 2013: (Reply)

    I think you can, but you would probably need a lot and (correct me if I’m
    wrong) liquid food coloring is cheaper in those amounts.

  30. Neicy Dishay on May 11, 2013: (Reply)

    Can You Use Regular Coffee???

  31. Danielle Corio on May 11, 2013: (Reply)

    i love your intro

  32. Danielle Corio on May 11, 2013: (Reply)

    its time for yo yo maxxxxxxxx 12222222222222

  33. ศรีวิไล วงศ์ถาวร on May 12, 2013: (Reply)

    I think to you i love broewnies and you สวัสดีค่ะ

  34. TMS Snipz on May 13, 2013: (Reply)


  35. Lou Dufrane on May 18, 2013: (Reply)

    These look delish, can’t wait to give them a try

  36. FangirlxGlitterxFashion Amazingness on May 23, 2013: (Reply)

    Can you make it without espresso

  37. Keiry Palma on May 27, 2013: (Reply)

    Can you use cocoa powder instead?

  38. lulus8112 on May 28, 2013: (Reply)

    i would not have been able ro blwnd the cream cheese ……..

  39. rana hob on May 28, 2013: (Reply)

    i want to giv a try

  40. Jillian Chin Njet Thing on June 1, 2013: (Reply)

    most people ay red velvet should only be made with oil.. but either is
    fine. You could always buy some butter if you don’t want to use oil

  41. kikiii101 on June 2, 2013: (Reply)

    I am making these now but without the food coloring. Mine batter is thicker
    than yours, is that just because of the food coloring not being in there? 🙂

  42. Nur Syarah Shahlan on June 7, 2013: (Reply)

    Can I replace the epresso powder with cocoa powder?

  43. Gabrielle Lofton on June 7, 2013: (Reply)

    omit it altogether.

  44. Rachel T on June 8, 2013: (Reply)

    They look yummy

  45. MacGlitterPrincess on June 11, 2013: (Reply)

    ‘Why i liked this: 50% i really think its cool 50% it had happy cream

  46. KK B. on June 12, 2013: (Reply)

    you should go on cupcake wars lol!

  47. sootherbs on June 16, 2013: (Reply)

    oh wow those look so good

  48. Noor Alkldi on June 21, 2013: (Reply)

    every time I make this recipe it burns from the edges and raw from the
    center 🙁 Any suggestions??

  49. Jim Nk on June 24, 2013: (Reply)

    can i use a pink colour?

  50. Torre lynn on June 25, 2013: (Reply)

    wow this is what i watch when im frekin starting!

  51. Torre lynn on June 25, 2013: (Reply)

    wow this is what i watch when im frekin starting!

  52. moniechuable on July 2, 2013: (Reply)

    @noor what you can you is to put it in a bigger container that way it’s even

  53. moniechuable on July 2, 2013: (Reply)

    *do not you

  54. Bella Marie on July 10, 2013: (Reply)


  55. Noor Alkldi on July 10, 2013: (Reply)

    @moniechuable thank you

  56. zack king on July 24, 2013: (Reply)

    It looks like blood

  57. Jesstia on August 2, 2013: (Reply)

    This has to be my favourite recipe ever! It’s absolutely delicious. Haha,
    my family

  58. Jesstia on August 2, 2013: (Reply)

    Loves it, as well as my teachers and friends! Absolutely delicious, thanks
    so much. Love your show!!!

  59. QtLindaa on August 4, 2013: (Reply)

    Can you convert the measurements into UK please

  60. punchdrunkflame on August 5, 2013: (Reply)

    What brand of food coloring do you use?

  61. laylaberries89 on August 7, 2013: (Reply)

    Are you a genius? I think so.

  62. Fräulein Zwielicht on August 7, 2013: (Reply)

    Google is your friend.

  63. xXModariFan94Xx on August 8, 2013: (Reply)

    convertworld. com/en/length/ 🙂

  64. 15Yat on August 11, 2013: (Reply)

    loooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooove this recipe

  65. orchidmsb85 on August 13, 2013: (Reply)

    Super good recipe..without expresso it is still delicious!!!!

  66. Hazeltriskatniss Grace on August 17, 2013: (Reply)

    Happy cream cheese! 😀

  67. Brad Mathew on August 18, 2013: (Reply)

    I just subscribed and Beth brought me here… I like your videos! 🙂

  68. Skylar Ashcraft on August 18, 2013: (Reply)

    So does it taste like red velvet or brownies

  69. Reilly Malcolm on August 22, 2013: (Reply)

    Red velvet is not just red colour it type of ganache that is baked.

  70. BamWowzrs on August 24, 2013: (Reply)

    Creamcheese smiley! <3

  71. swiggity swaggity on August 26, 2013: (Reply)

    do you have to add the cream cheese layer?

  72. ktan0675 on August 28, 2013: (Reply)

    i love it. can i get the recipe?

  73. Philosjutsu on August 29, 2013: (Reply)

    dem hands

  74. yoyomax12 - the diet free zone on August 29, 2013: (Reply)

    what about them?

  75. Kitty Cat on August 31, 2013: (Reply)

    i love redvelvet

  76. alexis :) on August 31, 2013: (Reply)

    28 people don’t like happy cream cheese 🙁

  77. KenneyGames on September 1, 2013: (Reply)

    I got here from A7X

  78. anna bolina on September 11, 2013: (Reply)

    It’s like.. right there..

  79. anna bolina on September 11, 2013: (Reply)

    Your RV brownies are the only ones on youtube that don’t look like doodoo.
    They’re really pretty and if mine turn out like these I will weep and bless
    your username.

  80. Lindsey Marii on September 28, 2013: (Reply)


  81. Lindsey Marii on September 28, 2013: (Reply)

    I love this, Thank You SO Much!! <3 Heaven

  82. ErrorAKAManny on October 16, 2013: (Reply)

    lol “now time for the cream tease layer” keep it up i love ur vids! Nice
    recipe btw!

  83. dionna cox on October 26, 2013: (Reply)

    You should be on cupcake wars!!

  84. Gwynny14 on October 29, 2013: (Reply)

    where do u buy.happy cream cheese

  85. love hearts on November 2, 2013: (Reply)

    you don’t she just puts a smiley face on the cream cheese and calls it
    ‘happy cream cheese’

  86. talkinganimalsfunny on November 3, 2013: (Reply)

    You killed the cream cheese

  87. Megan Simon on November 5, 2013: (Reply)

    Can u omit the expresso?

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