Red Velvet Oreo Brownies

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Dense red velvet brownies layered with Oreo frosting, fudgy chocolate ganache, and topped with Oreos.

Red Velvet Oreo Brownies by sallysbakingaddiction.com -- dense red velvet brownies layered with Oreo frosting, fudgy chocolate ganache, and topped with Oreos.

Warning: If you’re on a diet, you might want to step away from the computer right now.

Do you like red velvet? It’s taken some time for me to warm up to the flavor. I never really enjoyed red velvet anything until I tasted my friend’s wedding cake a couple years ago. My heavens. It was so luxuriously moist! Layered with white chocolate buttercream and completely melt-worthy on my tastebuds.

Red velvet is magical. It’s not quite chocolate and not quite vanilla. Just a wonderful medley of the two paired together. Ever since that slice of red velvet cake, I’ve been dreaming of fun ways to dress up this scarlet red, lush flavor.

Homemade red velvet brownies layered with Oreo frosting, chocolate ganache, and topped with Oreos. Recipe at sallysbakingaddiction.com

One way to dress up red velvet? Cheesecake. These Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies completely blow my mind. I made them twice in one weekend earlier this year. Yes, they were that good.

I took that moist, chewy, flavor-packed brownie recipe and remixed it yesterday. Added a thick layer of cookies ‘n cream frosting, a little chocolate ganache, and crushed Oreos.

Pinch me! This dessert is seriously a dream come true.

Homemade red velvet brownies layered with Oreo frosting, chocolate ganache, and topped with Oreos. Recipe at sallysbakingaddiction.com

So what exactly is this over-the-top red velvet dessert made of?

Well, we’ve got four tempting layers of goodness:

  • Moist red velvet brownies
  • Thick cookies ‘n cream frosting
  • Chocolate ganache (that tastes like fudge)
  • Crushed Oreos

Let’s start with the brownies. The bottom layer is a fudgy chocolate brownie with lots of buttery vanilla flavor. The brownie batter is dyed red with food coloring and a touch of white vinegar to make the red stand out against all the cocoa powder. (Don’t worry, you can’t taste it.) The brownies are quite dense; they’re not cakey in the slightest, which is exactly how I prefer my chocolate brownies.

It’s a standard brownie recipe. Just butter, sugar, eggs, flour, and cocoa powder. Line your baking pan with foil and spoon the batter inside. Bake for a quick 22-24 minutes. Try not to overbake the brownies. We all know what dry brownies taste like, right? Well, you don’t want dry red velvet brownies! An easy way to see if the brownies are done is to stick a toothpick into the center. Look for a few moist crumbs on your toothpick. Not wet at all, just a couple small moist crumbs.

An important note: lining your baking pan with aluminum foil will make your life much easier! Make sure there is enough overhang on the sides to lift the brownies out of the pan as a whole. This makes frosting and cutting the brownies a cinch.  Allow the red velvet brownies to cool completely before moving onto the next layer.

Now, the second layer: cookies ‘n cream frosting. Swooooon! Standard frosting recipe – butter, confectioners (powdered) sugar, and cream. Diet food, really. It’s a rather thick frosting, so I don’t recommend using it to frost a cupcake or cake unless you add more butter and/or cream. Beat the ingredients together and fold in 6 crushed Oreos. Not too difficult, right?

How to make Cookies 'n Cream Frosting. Recipe at sallysbakingaddiction.com

Don’t you just want to eat it with a spoon? Try hard to resist! You’ll need every last bit of frosting to spread on top of the cooled brownies. Once frosted, chill the brownies in the refrigerator until your ganache is ready.

There’s only 3 ingredients required to make the chocolate ganache. You’ll need 4 ounces of pure semi-sweet chocolate. I always use 1 Ghirardelli Semi-Sweet Baking Bar (or Baker’s brand – both found in the baking aisle). Any pure, sweetened chocolate would be fine. I never have luck making ganache from chocolate chips, so avoid using them since they do not melt into the proper texture.

Pour 1/2 cup of boiling heavy cream over the chocolate. Stir until the chocolate is melted, then add 2 Tablespoons of butter. That’s it! You just made silky, smooth chocolate ganache. Easy, right?

Simple chocolate ganache recipe

Spread the rich chocolate ganache over the frosted brownies (which had been in the refrigerator chilling). It doesn’t have to be completely neat because you’ll be covering the top with crushed Oreos. Crumble up 3 Oreos and crumble onto the wet ganache.

Chill the layered brownies in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes before cutting. This will allow the ganache to set so you aren’t left with a huge mess. Make sure you wipe your knife off with a wet paper towel as you cut into the brownies. That’s how my layers stayed clean and neat.

While these brownies are timely to make, each step is quite simple. Work through one layer at a time, making sure to chill the layers as you go – as instructed in the recipe below. Each bite is completely worth it! 

Red Velvet Oreo Brownies by sallysbakingaddiction.com -- dense red velvet brownies layered with Oreo frosting, fudgy chocolate ganache, and topped with Oreos.

Both red velvet lovers and non-red velvet lovers will go crazy for these decked out brownies. Each layer is completely over the top in the best way possible. Worth every single step on the treadmill, trust me.

PS: I’m not the only one who thought these brownies were irresistible. 😉

Jude

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Red Velvet Oreo Brownies

Homemade red velvet brownies layered with Oreo frosting, chocolate ganache, and topped with Oreos.

Ingredients:

Red Velvet Brownies

  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup (115g) unsalted butter
  • 1 cup (200g) granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup (21g) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon liquid or gel red food coloring
  • 3/4 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 3/4 cup (95g) all-purpose flour (measured correctly)

Cookies 'n Cream Frosting

  • 1/4 cup (60g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1 and 3/4 cups (210g) confectioners' sugar
  • 2-3 Tablespoons (30-45ml) heavy cream (aka double cream, whipping cream)
  • 6 Oreos, crushed

Chocolate Ganache

  • 4 ounces semi-sweet chocolate*
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) heavy cream (aka double cream, whipping cream)
  • 2 Tablespoons (30g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature

Directions:

  1. Set out the butter you'll need for the frosting and the ganache, so they come to room temperature as you prepare the brownies.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350F degrees. Line an 8x8 baking pan with aluminum foil, leaving enough overhang on the sides to lift the brownies out of the pan. Set aside.
  3. Make the brownies: In a small bowl, beat the 2 eggs together. Set aside. Melt the butter in a large microwave safe bowl in 30 second increments until melted. Stir in 1 cup sugar, 2 teaspoons vanilla extract, cocoa powder, salt, food coloring, and vinegar. Mix each of those ingredients into the batter in that order. Whisk in the eggs, then fold in the flour until completely incorporated. Do not overmix. Pour the brownie batter into prepared baking pan. Bake the brownies for 22-24 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out mostly clean, with a few small moist crumbs. Allow the brownies to cool at room temperature for 30 minutes, then transfer to the refrigerator to cool completely.
  4. Make the frosting: With a handheld or stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat the butter on medium-high until light and creamy - about 1 minute. Add the confectioners' sugar and 2 Tbsp cream, beating on medium until creamy. Add 1 more Tbsp cream until the frosting is spreadable consistency. You want it to be thick so that the frosting layer stays neat when you cut into the brownies. Fold in the crushed Oreos. Lift the cooled brownies out of the pan and spread them with the frosting. Stick them into the refrigerator as your prepare the ganache. You want the frosting to slightly chill on the brownies.
  5. Make the ganache: Break up the chocolate into small pieces in a medium bowl. Heat the heavy cream until boiling, either in the microwave or on the stovetop. Pour boiling cream over the chocolate and stir until the chocolate is melted and smooth. Cut in the butter, one small piece at a time, and stir until smooth. Spread over frosted brownies. Chill for at least 30 minutes before cutting.
  6. Cut the brownies into squares, wiping your large knife off with a wet paper towel between cuts so that the layers stay neat. Cover brownies tightly and keep chilled in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Recipe Notes:

*I have never had luck making ganache that tastes right or is the correct consistency when using chocolate chips. Please use pure chocolate.

*You may double this recipe in a 9x13 baking pan. The oven temperature remains the same for baking the brownie layer, but the bake time will be 35-45 minutes.

Red velvet layer adapted from Sunny Anderson, Food Network

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A couple related recipes to today’s brownies…

Red Velvet Cheesecake Swirl Brownies

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Cookies ‘n Cream Cupcakes with Milk Chocolate Frosting

Cookies n Cream Cupcakes with Milk Chocolate Frosting

 

Mint Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Brownies

Mint Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Brownies

 

These are a must try!

Red Velvet Oreo Brownies by sallysbakingaddiction.com -- dense red velvet brownies layered with Oreo frosting, fudgy chocolate ganache, and topped with Oreos.

 

 

 

177 Comments

  1. Wow, Sally! So creative! So many layers, textures, and flavors going on. The last couple posts of yours totally have me in the mood for Santa 🙂 I love how red and MOIST the brownie layer is. So key! And then that filling with all those Oreos and a heavy cream ganache…mmm, worth running extra for! pinned

    1. Yes you do! You’ll be blown away. These vanilla/chocolate brownies are so good. Especially piled high with all the layers. So decadent. Let me know if you try them, Madison!

  2. Totally diet food! Diet written all over it. 😉 It was a bad idea to read this at 6 am because I’m going to be craving them allllll day. So delicious, Sally! Brilliant idea–again! Loving that picture of Jude, too. He is so adorable.

  3. Whoa and wow and awesome!! I am not a huge red velvet person either, but these I know I would LOVE!! All the layers and the Oreos and the ganache! It is just one incredible bar!

    Oh and I love your Christmas pillow. It suits you very well! 🙂

  4. First of all, these brownies look delicious and I plan on making them for my dad sometime during the holidays. He loves anything red velvet….

    Secondly and most importantly, that picture of your sweet dog looking at that brownie just made my day!!!

    1. Thanks Haley! That’s Jude. He felt tortured the day of this photoshoot! Poor guy. No red velvet for him. 🙁

      Hope your dad enjoys these brownies! Let me know how they go.

  5. WOW these look sinful – just what I love. I’ve eaten so much since Thanksgiving and can’t seem to stop. Maybe I should make these now and then diet afterwards! Great recipe, who wouldn’t love these! Thanks for sharing.

  6. I can’t accurately put into words just how much I love these. 🙂 Red velvet is probably my favorite cake flavor if I just had to choose, and I’m completely obsessed with Oreos! They’re so good together! I made a trifle similar to this recently, and red velvet + Oreos are great together visually too. I love all the layers you put in these brownes! I attempted red velvet brownies once and it was totally a fail, so I really want to try these!

    1. Beth, you would LOVE these. The brownies are a no-fail recipe. Highly successful and adapted from Food Network. It’s a solid recipe. You have to try!

    1. Haha definitely not too pretty to eat. I want to gobble them up looking at these photos, Taylor. Sadly, I gave the rest of the batch away this morning. But I’d love another right now with lunch!

    1. Alexe, I agree. Sunny’s red velvet brownie recipe is fantastic. It’s my favorite way to enjoy red velvet right now. Hope you try this version!

  7. Oh my goodness! Everything about these brownies sounds delicious! I love everything oreo so putting it with red velvet is very dangerous for me 🙂 I just want to go home and whip up a batch of these!

    And the picture of your dog is SO cute! Reminds me of mine… aren’t they just the best baking buddies??

  8. Omigosh Sally, why are you doing this to me? I’ve decided that if I make these, I will make a double recipe of the oreo frosting so I can sit and eat it with a spoon to my heart’s content…then whatever’s left will go on the brownies haha. On second thought, I may have to do the same for the ganache…

  9. Oh my gosh!! My mom loves red velvet… And she has an ornament exchange to go to tomorrow night so I’m going to surprise her by making these so she can take them with her to share with her friends!!! You are truly the queen of all things delicious… Thanks for another AWESOME recipe!

    1. I love ornament exchange parties! I hope she has a blast. Let me know how she (and you, if you try one!) like them. Thanks Jen & Emily.

  10. Not only do these sound delicious, they look good enough to give as a gift! Find some cute packaging at Michael’s and get ready to impress!! Can’t wait to make them!! And your dog is adorable! I have seen that same look on my dog’s face when I’m baking!

  11. Awww! the picture with Jude is absolutely adorable! And just looking at these brownies are making my stomach growl right now; I’m in study hall and there is no food in sight hahaha

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