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Red Velvet Brownie Cups

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I know, I know. This recipe doesn’t have pumpkin or apple. But did you know red velvet was originally, traditionally, a Christmas dessert? So really, these Red Velvet Brownie Cups are just ahead of the game. I’m getting you prepared for November and December.

You’re welcome.

Red Velvet Brownie Cups with cream cheese frosting from The Red Velvet Lover's Cookbook

Holy blogger cookbook-palooza people. So. Many. Bloggers have cookbooks out right now (ahem, including me). I am super, super excited about this newest cookbook by my friend Deborah Harroun, from the blog Taste and Tell. Her book is the Red Velvet Lover’s Cookbook and it’s amazing. (Which it should be, because Deborah is the queen of red velvet. THIS is an example of that.)

I pink puffy heart red velvet. Or should I say red puffy heart? Either way, I love it, and not just in cake. In fact, red velvet cake is probably my least favorite. I love all the things you can make with red velvet. Like cookie cake and pretzels and molten lava cake and cheesecake cupcakes.

See? The ideas are endless. And Deborah has them all covered (and then some!) in her new book.

Red Velvet Brownie Cups with cream cheese frosting from The Red Velvet Lover's Cookbook

As soon as I saw these little Red Velvet Brownie Cups I knew I had to make them. One, I’m addicted to brownies. And two, I really, really love red velvet brownies. Plus, there’s cream cheese frosting. Who doesn’t love that?

Oh, and because I’m me and couldn’t help myself, I topped some of the brownie cups with Rolos. Y’all love Rolos in cookie cups, so I figured why not use them in brownie cups?

Red Velvet Brownie Cups with cream cheese frosting or stuff them with Rolos!

That was a very, very good decision.

These brownie cups are easy to make. One bowl for wet ingredients, a bowl for dry, and no mixer needed. Just a quick stir and scoop into your mini muffin pan. The frosting is really good – very cream cheesy and not too sweet, the perfect compliment to the brownies.

These were so good I had to put them in the freezer immediately because I ate 5 without thinking about it. Like, in an instant. Pop, pop, pop they were in my hand one second and in my tummy the next. Easy to make…easy to eat. Perfect for when the holidays roll around. 🙂

Red Velvet Brownie Cups with cream cheese frosting from The Red Velvet Lover's Cookbook (or stuff them with Rolos!)

Really. The Rolo was an amazing idea. **swooning**

Red Velvet Brownie Cups (11 of 11)

This is my new favorite brownie bite recipe…and my new favorite cookbook! It’s a must for anyone on your list who loves red velvet!

And make these with the Rolos too. OMG!

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Servings: 24 -36 cups

Red Velvet Brownie Cups

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
These little brownie cups come together fast and easy and are the perfect pop-able treat. Top them with cream cheese filling for a traditional red velvet flavor or place a caramel candy on top for an easy, shareable dessert.


For the Brownies:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon table salt
  • 1 teaspoon natural unsweetened cocoa powder — like Hershey’s
  • 5 1/3 tablespoons 1/3 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons red liquid food coloring
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the Filling/Frosting:

  • 6 ounces cream cheese — softened
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter — softened
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray mini muffin pans with cooking spray (or line them with liners).
  2. Whisk the flour, baking powder, salt, and cocoa in a bowl to combine.
  3. Mix the melted butter and brown sugar in a large bowl. Stir in the egg, food coloring, and vanilla. Stir in the dry ingredients.
  4. Place about 1 tablespoon of batter into each muffin cavity. Bake until the brownies are set, 8-12 minutes. The brownies should naturally fall in the centers when you take them out of the oven, but if they don’t you can press down the centers with the handle of a wooden spoon. Cool completely in the tins.
  5. To make the filling, beat the cream cheese and butter until smooth. Gradually add in the powdered sugar and beat until smooth.
  6. Place the filling in a pastry bag fitted with a star tip (or a 1M tip). Remove the brownies from the tins and pipe the filling into the cups. Store the brownies in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Click here for my complete list of Valentine’s Day Recipes!

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Sweets from friends:
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  1. You’re a better woman than I am because I have the book and have hardly had time to open it! Been so deep in pumpkin and apples but RV is next! These are so fun…and great minds, because just 2 days ago I baked with Rolos! Nothing like these, but we’re always on the same wavelength! Pinned! And congrats to both you and Deborah on your books!

  2. Congratulations Dorothy on your cookbook and thanks for introducing me to Deborah’s blog as well! These red velvet brownie cups looks amazing. And who knew that red velvet is a Christmas thang? Just shows you learn something new every day!! 🙂

  3. I never knew red velvet was originally a Christmas dessert. But I can totally see why. These little brownie cups are adorable. I am slowly trying to collect everyone’s book. Yours is surely next on the list! Congrats!

  4. What cute little treats and yes, they are perfect for Christmas!! I have have to check out this book. I’d love it!

  5. These are soo cute! I never knew red velvet was a Christmas dessert, I always associated it with Valentine’s day or summer. Making mini brownies, cakes or cookies always pushes my willpower; you tell yourself that you will only have 1 treat but then 5 seconds later, the plate of 5 mini bakes has disappeared! I wonder where they went? ;D 

  6. This cookbook is so full of awesome ideas, I love it 🙂

  7. I could eat red velvet any time of the year! These brownie cups look so cute and delicious, Dorothy! The perfect, bite-sized treat!

  8. These are so darn cute, Dorothy! I need to pick up a copy of Deborah’s cookbook. My boyfriend LOVES red velvet treats and I do too!

  9. of course I love red velvet, but you got me with he rolos, must try them

  10. Now that you mention it, red velvet does seem to be a completely appropriate Xmas dessert! These red velvet brownies will be on the top of my wish list…along with Deborah’s book 😉 Pinned! Sooo pretty!

  11. I can totally see how red velvet was Christmas… but I love it anytime of year, even in the middle of pumpkin/apple/caramel palooza. And with Rolos??? Amazing idea. 

  12. While I haven’t gotten my hands on a copy of this fabulous red velvet cookbook (not sure how that happened!)  I was able to check out your amazing cookbook and am featuring it Monday at Jasey’s Crazy Daisy (a giveaway might even be happening ;)! What an amazing job you did!

  13. These brownie cups are so so pretty! I love red velvet anything and adding the Rolo on the top definitely sounds like an amazing idea! Can’t wait to pick up a copy of Deborah’s book – pinning 🙂

  14. Why should Valentine’s Day get all the fun?? These look so good! Love the rolo. Oh and you are right, holy cookbooks lately. It’s awesome!

  15. These look amazing! If only Rolos weren’t made by Nestlé. 🙁

  16. Little bite sized brownies with cream cheese frosting?  That just sounds downright dangerous!  I would definitely need to put those in the freezer!  

  17. These are so cute! The best part about mini things is I can easily convince myself to eat more… 😀 The cookbook looks amazing!

  18. ahhh, these are adorable! I need to go order that book right now – it sounds amazing!

  19. It is a palooza right now! So many to choose from! Love the sprinkles and the red velvet combo … talk about eye catching. And um, you had me at brownie cup. That is genius.

  20. I love desserts that come in little bites! Based on this example from the book and the enthusiastic responses……..I am taking out stock in red food coloring ! There is bound to be a shortage at supermarkets across the country!

  21. These look soooo good. I’m also not a huge fan of red velvet in cake form, but in this brownie cup form…I can definitely get on board. Pinned!

  22. I love red velvet and these cups are so cute.

  23. I can definitely see myself polishing off a couple of these red velvet brownie cups – they look seriously delicious Dorothy! I love the rolo addition especially. Totally jealous that you got to make and eat these!

  24. Red Velvet Lovers cookbook??  That has to be like the best thing ever!!!  I’m jumping all over that one!!

  25. I love these red velvet brownie cups – they look amazing! And you got such a bright vibrant awesome red color which makes them look even better! 🙂 Love those sprinkles on top too 🙂 Pinned!

  26. Holy blogger cookbook-palooza is right!!! But it’s fabulous, isn’t it?! OK, now this is like cookbook #56 going on my wish list. .  oh my gawd, everything red velvet?!! LOVE!!! and love these red velvet brownie cups!!!

  27. My new favorite thing! Not only do I love the concept and the flavor (at least in looking at the recipe) but I adore how you’ve presented them. Cute counts, right? Right? 😉

  28. Thank you SO much, Dorothy!!  And I am totally trying these with Rolos – what a brilliant idea!!

  29. Love red velvet and these cookie cups are so cute, Dorothy 

  30. I puffy pink heart (or red heart) red velvet too!! Definitely need to get this cookbook! 

  31. These look so cute and delicious, Dorothy. I’d love one. 🙂

  32. Ohhh, I love these little red velvet brownie cups!! And all of your other red velvet desserts listed, yummmmmm! I’m totally drooling now! 😉 And yay for all of the fun cookbooks going on!! 

  33. Oh no, I’m in trouble now…… lol

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