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Red Velvet Brookies

A brookie is the best of both worlds– a cookie and a brownie in one! These Red Velvet Brookies are a spin off recipe and combine chocolate chips cookies with cake mix red velvet brownies! SO delicious.

Red Velvet Brookies |

Are you all familiar with “brookies?” They are for those of us who simply can’t choose between a brownie or a cookie– take both and combine them into one delicious 2-layer bar, and you’ve got a brookie!

I made these Monster Cookie Brookies last year, and they have seriously been one of my favorite bar recipes ever since. But it looks like they’re going to have to make some room for these Red Velvet Brookies, because these are definitely going on the favorites list!

Red Velvet Brookies |

Red Velvet Brookies |

I love the color contrast of these bars about as much as I love their taste. I mean, I know that it’s just a ton of red food coloring… but isn’t it still gorgeous? Especially with that layer of golden, buttery, chocolatey cookie up on top… *drool*

And it’s really a very easy recipe. You’ll make one layer of cake mix brownies (I followed this recipe from Cookies and Cups) and then top it with a layer of classic chocolate chip cookie dough. See? Pretty simple.

I promise: these are going to rock your world! We ate ours warm and gooey with a big scoop of ice cream, and it was divine. Of course, I’ve been picking at it all day today, and I can vouch that it’s still pretty divine even after it’s been left uncovered out on the counter for 24 hours.

So either way you go… it’s gonna be good.

Red Velvet Brookies

Serving Size: 12-15


  • 1 box Red Velvet Cake Mix
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 recipe of my Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookie dough OR 16 ounces Pillsbury Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough


  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF. Line a 9x13 baking dish with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the red velvet cake mix, vegetable oil, milk, and egg until a smooth, thick batter forms.
  3. Spread the batter in the lined baking dish (I clipped the parchment to the sides of my dish so that it wouldn't slide while I was spreading). Set aside.
  4. If using my homemade cookie dough, mix the Chocolate Chip Cookie dough. Remember you only need a half recipe! If using Pillsbury cookie dough, skip to the next step!
  5. Working with about 1/4 cup dough at a time, press the dough in between your palms to flatten, and lay the dough on top of the brownie batter until all of the brownie batter is covered.
  6. Bake for 40-45 minutes, until toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  7. Let rest for at least 15 minutes before cutting and serving.


I used a mixture of semi-sweet and white chocolate chips in the cookie dough.

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33 Responses to “Red Velvet Brookies”

  1. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust posted on January 6, 2014 at 10:26 pm (#)

    OMG. I love these so much. I am in love with brookies too!! The red is so pretty and that gooey cookie bar. OMG!!!!

  2. Ashley @ Kitchen Meets Girl posted on January 6, 2014 at 11:24 pm (#)

    These are stunning!

  3. Averie @ Averie Cooks posted on January 7, 2014 at 3:30 am (#)

    Now THIS is my idea of a great dessert! Red velvet and chocolate chip cookie bars, in one. I can see how moist and just a bit underbaked the cookie dough portion is, which is the only way I want my desserts :) pinned of course!

  4. Emma posted on January 7, 2014 at 6:02 am (#)

    Oh you’re right these are so pretty and of course look super yummy too! Perfect for V-day treats I’m thinking. Thanks for sharing Ashton :)

  5. Megan - The Emotional Baker posted on January 7, 2014 at 7:23 am (#)

    Can you believe I’ve never had a brookie? That must change STAT! & eating them warm with ice cream? – Oh my! Can’t wait to indulge in these :)

  6. Laura @ Lauras Baking Talent posted on January 7, 2014 at 10:25 am (#)

    I bet that chocolate chip cookies mix perfectly with red velvet. These would be so fun Valentines Day.

  7. Jamielyn@iheartnaptime posted on January 7, 2014 at 10:49 am (#)

    These look AMAZING!!! Pinning xo

  8. irma posted on January 7, 2014 at 12:32 pm (#)

    Can you use store bought cookie dough to save time?

    • Ashton posted on January 7, 2014 at 3:57 pm (#)

      Absolutely :) I was even going to mention that!

  9. Mandy@Mandy's Recipe Box posted on January 7, 2014 at 12:46 pm (#) These look amazing! Perfect photos and I just want to eat my screen. Pinning!

  10. Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen posted on January 7, 2014 at 3:46 pm (#)

    So so pretty! I just want to gobble these up! Seriously Ashton you took some gorgeous pics of these treats ♥

  11. Abbie @ Needs Salt posted on January 7, 2014 at 6:19 pm (#)

    This bars are so gorgeous! Beautiful job. I’m sure they’d disappear in a flash.
    Amazing pictures, too!

  12. Kristyn posted on January 8, 2014 at 5:11 pm (#)

    Looks SOOO yummy!! Thx, girl!

  13. Jocelyn @BruCrew Life posted on January 9, 2014 at 2:23 pm (#)

    I puffy heart love these! Two desserts in one is definitely the way to go :-) Pinned!

  14. Aimee @ ShugarySweets posted on January 9, 2014 at 2:34 pm (#)

    I love brookies!! This is such a great idea!!

  15. Cayla posted on January 9, 2014 at 3:21 pm (#)

    Do you think a devil’s food cake mix could be used for this?

  16. Stephanie @ Macaroni and Cheesecake posted on January 9, 2014 at 6:10 pm (#)

    These look incredible! Combining two of my favorites things!

  17. Dina posted on January 10, 2014 at 12:13 am (#)

    best of both worlds here!

  18. Renee@Two in the Kitchen posted on January 13, 2014 at 3:35 pm (#)

    Oh wow! These look amazing!! Two of my favorite things in one!! And perfect for Valentine’s Day. My kids will love these!!

  19. Julie posted on January 16, 2014 at 2:22 pm (#)

    What an amazing idea to combine the two, red velvet and chocolate chip cookies! They look amazing! The peanut butter cheeseball from Pinterest brought me to your site but after seeing the other yummies you create, I’ll definitely be coming back!

  20. Sarah posted on February 1, 2014 at 10:55 pm (#)

    I baked these at 350. I checked them at 37 minutes and they were way too dark. Disappointing. :(

    • Ashton posted on February 2, 2014 at 1:23 am (#)

      Yes, unfortunately oven times will always vary. There is no one absolute correct time that will work for all ovens :( At least now you know they need to come out earlier for next time!

  21. Shawna posted on February 13, 2014 at 11:10 pm (#)

    Is the parchment paper lining the pan just for convenience when taking the brookies out or will it affect the baking if I don’t use it.

    • Ashton posted on February 14, 2014 at 4:50 pm (#)

      It won’t affect the baking, just grease your pan well :)

  22. Evern posted on November 8, 2014 at 2:40 am (#)

    I have made these before using this recipe and they were beyond heavenly. A few lucky friends are getting these as a treat this year and I wanted to know if using 8×8 foil baking pans would affect anything too terribly. Would I have to adjust the recipe to fit the pan? Does it have to be 9×13 pans? And if it does can I still use the foil ones? I really would like teh get the disposable ones that come with the lid so I can bake it and hand it over easy peasy. 

    • Ashton posted on November 10, 2014 at 1:21 pm (#)

      If you decide to bake it in an 8×8, you’ll definitely want to half the recipe OR just bake 2 batches :) They’re pretty thick as written, so you probably don’t want to increase the thickness too much more! Otherwise, you’ll have a hard time baking it done all the way through without burning/drying out the outside. I’m so glad to hear that you liked them!!! This is one of my favorites, for sure :)

  23. Diamond posted on November 9, 2014 at 2:00 pm (#)

    In your picture there are white spots in the brookies are those white chocolate chips or marshmallows? 

    • Ashton posted on November 10, 2014 at 1:14 pm (#)

      White chips! It’s optional though– I mentioned the chips I used in the bottom note of the recipe :)

  24. Nicole Greenwood posted on January 13, 2015 at 8:01 pm (#)

    Would I be able to use the nestle tollhouse tub of cookie dough with this, or no?

    • Ashton posted on February 11, 2015 at 9:46 pm (#)

      Absolutely. I’m all for short cuts!

  25. Caitlyn posted on February 13, 2015 at 5:15 am (#)

    I’m very disappointed with this recipe. My bookies didn’t come out like how they did in the picture. I just wish this recipe clarified their ingredients better by saying red velvet brownie mix instead of the cake mix. Now my dessert looks like a poofy cake with hidden cookies. They also don’t taste well together. 

    • Ashton posted on February 16, 2015 at 4:46 pm (#)

      I’m sorry that yours didn’t turn out! But, just for clarification purposes, I DID use a red velvet cake mix– NOT a brownie mix.

  26. Hannah posted on February 17, 2015 at 10:48 pm (#)

    How many calories per brownie?