Red Velvet Oreo Brownies

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. Chocolate ganache is usually made with pure cream and chocolate, but we’re adding butter to this layer. 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

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 3 hours
  • Cook Time: 22 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours, 30 minutes
  • Yield: 16 brownies
  • Category: Brownies
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Description

Dense red velvet brownies layered with Oreo frosting, fudgy 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 pure 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 (spoon & leveled)

Cookies ‘n Cream Frosting

  • 1/4 cup (60g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 1 and 3/4 cups (210g) confectioners’ sugar
  • 23 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

Instructions

  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 350°F (177°C). Line an 8×8 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.

Notes

  1. Chocolate: I have never had luck making ganache that tastes right or is the correct consistency when using chocolate chips. Please use pure chocolate.
  2. Double Batch: You may double this recipe in a 9×13 baking pan. The oven temperature remains the same for baking the brownie layer, but the bake time will be 35-45 minutes.
  3. Red velvet layer adapted from Sunny Anderson, Food Network.

Keywords: red velvet oreo brownies

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

174 Comments

  1. Dieting in December? What is that? 🙂 These look beyond incredible Sally. They’re all I’ve seen on Pinterest today and now I can’t get them out of my head! So, I’m not the biggest red velvet fan, but I am loving those layers and that frosting. This is such a pretty and decadent brownie recipe!

  2. oooooh I love the oreo fillinggggg!!!

    my newly acquired wedding fairy is yelling at me to stay away but, I don’t like her much so far. BECAUSE HOW COULD I TURN AWAY FROM SUCH DELICIOUSNESS???!

  3. Okay, can we all just agree to stop using the word decadent? Decadence basically means a state of moral decline. If a food supposedly violates one’s morals then I don’t want to eat it. I have no idea who to talk to about this crisis so I’m making a comment here, but every single food blog does it.

    Same with “sinful”. How shameful, sinning like that! The low-calorie gods shall shun you!

    I’m just commenting in favor of people finding new and less inaccurate adjectives. i don’t think people should shame their food if it’s delicious and somewhat calorie-dense. We can tell, from the ingredient list. #nothating

    1. My goodness, you sure are angry about the vocabulary I used in this recipe. You certainly do not have to read my blog if my writing offends you.

      Decadent is an ambiguous term, and one of its meanings is the state of luxury and indulgence. I describe today’s recipe as decadent and indulgent. Thanks.

      1. ok sorry. point = missed
        please delete my comment. I suppose the only proper location for blog criticism is GOMI these days.

  4. OMG OMG OMG!!! Sally, these might be my favorite ever. There are just too many things to love, I can hardly take it!

  5. Aww so cute about your pup, Amy. Jude is afraid of loud noises, but definitely not sweets lol. And I thought the same about red velvet for awhile!

    1. Hahaha I’m laughing so loud right now because I just vacuumed. And yes, Jude loves to “protect” me from it – even sometimes trying to bite it when it’s on. It’s a fun afternoon activity.

  6. Oh my gosh. I want to make these right now! I love red velvet and oreos… I will have to make these after my beach vacation though 🙂

  7. My dad’s two favorite desserts are 1) brownies and 2) red velvet cake.
    So perfect! Looks like I know what I’ll be making him for his next birthday 🙂
    By the way, I love the last picture! So cute. My dog is always my cooking buddy. She usually gets a little taste of my food, but never my desserts!

  8. My dear Sally, you just made me drool all over my keyboard. :))
    I mean, just…there are no words for this amazing recipe.
    First of all, I`m a huge fan or Oreo cookies. And brownies are also one of my favorite little treats ever. Despite the fact that I have never tasted a red velvet cake, you just made me want to. Seriously, I`m barely managing not to get into the kitchen and make this. Holidays are here and I really need to watch my weight.
    You know, I`ve been following your recipes for quite a long time. Be it almost a year? I`m not sure. Those muffins recipes are a proof that you are a truly genius. 😀
    I don`t want to seem impolite or something like that, but I created a baking blog. I would really like to know what your opinion is. Here is the link http://the-baking-drug.blogspot.ro/ . Please keep posting recipes, I`m thrilled to try them.

    1. Hi Corina, what a sweet comment. I’m so happy you enjoy my blog and recipes. Thank you for following along for half of my blog’s life (it’s only 2 years old). Anyway, I’d love to check out your blog. Thank you!

  9. Oh let me count the ways I love these brownies. The layers, the flavors, the dense, fudgy, cheesecake-y goodness….Sally these brownies could be the best ones I’ve ever seen! 😀

  10. I’ve been on a no gluten, no dairy, no egg, no sugar, etc., diet for the last couple of months so while I did cheat a little and taste a tiny piece that fell off (I swear I didn’t force it) I haven’t had a full piece yet. The family however has been highly enthusiastic with their forks, spoons, and fingers (barbarians). They report it is too rich for them to eat any quicker but they are trying none the less. I made it last night and it might last until tomorrow night. I believe that is a thumbs up rating!!

    I’ve been a red velvet cake fan since I tried the church preacher’s birthday cake when I was little. I think I liked the idea of a red cake and 40+ years later it turns out I still do. Thanks for the recipe.

    1. Haha! I’m laughing at your comment “I swear I didn’t force it!” – that’s what my fiancé says when he tastes something before I’m able to shoot it. I’m so glad that your family loves these brownies. And that you were able to sneak a taste. It’s ok to cheat a bit.

      Thanks so much for reporting back and for making me laugh this afternoon!

  11. My birthday was this weekend and my friends got me a red velvet cake with Oreo truffle swirl in it from a bakery. Now, I’m not even the biggest fan of red velvet but the combination of the Oreo with the red velvet completely transformed me. Ever since then I’ve been daydreaming recipes combining the two and what do I happen on but this recipe? You’re a mind reader!

    1. How perfect Farah! And happy belated birthday. That cake you had sounds incredible. I have to try to make something like it one day!

  12. Yum!!! These look so good! Unfortunately my family doesn’t care for red velvet, so I’ll have to wait until we have company or something like that to make them. Stunning pictures!

  13. These are fantastic! From the second I saw it I knew I had to make it, and I’m so glad I did! My family is loving them and SEVEN of my friends asked for one (or two, in some cases)!

    1. So happy that these red velvet brownies went over so well with your family and friends, Sumiko! Thanks for reporting back.

  14. Hi Sally,

    The brownies were fantastic with all the different flavors and textures going on. I noticed in your pictures the chocolate ganache looks pretty firm and set. But mine didn’t seem to set despite refrigerating overnight. I followed the instructions to pour boiling cream over the chocolate. So any clue on where I could have possibly gone wrong? (Tho it still taste awesome, just a little more messy to serve up for guest)

  15. I made these today and they are totally amazing! All the subtle sweetness of red velvet with the fudginess of brownies and the frosting is awesome. I live with three other people and the whole batch disappeared in the space of about six hours. Thanks for the recipe! 🙂

  16. Totally decadent and gorgeous with all those dreamy layers! Oreo and red velvet together are a match made in heaven!

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