Red Velvet Buttermilk Brownies

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I have a recipe and some news for you all today. First, the news. This past month has been a difficult one for me. I’m pregnant, and I have something called hyperemesis gravidarum, which, in a super-oversimplified explanation,  is like an extreme form of morning sickness. A lot of days, I feel bad enough that it’s hard for me to spend more than a few minutes at a time online, and I just don’t have the energy to post three new recipes a week right now.  My goal is to still put up two new posts a week until I can get back to normal, but I hope you will all understand if I have a rough week and can’t manage that. One more thing, I truly do value the time that you all take in leaving comments and questions, and I will do my best to respond to those the same day, but I hope that you will all understand if I had a bad day, and I can’t get to them for a day or so. I can’t tell you all how much I look forward to getting back to normal, and I really hope that you’ll all bear with me in the mean time.

Now, the good stuff. I’ve told you all how much I love red velvet everything, so I couldn’t resist sneaking this Red Velvet Buttermilk Brownie recipe in before Valentine’s Day. Enjoy!

Red Velvet Buttermilk Brownies


1/4 c. buttermilk
2 T. Dutch-processed cocoa
3 T. unsalted butter, melted
1 ¼ c. granulated sugar
1/4 c. vegetable oil
1 large egg
1 large egg yolk
1 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 c. all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. red food color
1/2 c. semisweet chocolate chunks, chips, or disks (optional)


  1. Adjust oven rack to lowest position and heat oven to 350 F. Grease an 8×8-inch baking pan; set aside.
  2. In a small saucepan, whisk buttermilk, cocoa, and butter together. Keep whisking until mixture comes to a boil.
  3. Remove from heat, and stir in sugar until well-combined.
  4. Add oil, and whisk in. Oil may want to separate a little at the edges, but that’s ok.
  5. Add egg, yolk, and vanilla, and continue to whisk until smooth.
  6. Whisk in flour and salt until combined.
  7. Gently mix in food color until just combined.
  8. Fold in chocolate pieces if using.
  9. Pour batter into prepared baking pan.
  10. Bake about 18-25 minutes.
  11. Transfer pan to wire rack, and let cool to room temperature, about 1 hour, before cutting.

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  1. says

    Oh Kate, congratulations, and I am so sorry you are feeling so bad. I was wondering where you’ve been since I haven’t seen you online, so just checked your most recent posts. I hope you are feeling better soon, though even just with”normal” morning sickness, I remember how hard food blogging was. I miss your yummy food and awesome photos, so hope to see you up and around again soon!
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    • says

      Thanks so much, Brianne! Yes, I haven’t been online very much over the past 5 or 6 weeks now, but I really appreciate your kind comment! =)

  2. Susanne Rodgers says

    Hi Kate, this is the first time I’ve written to you, but I so enjoy your emails and recipes! I’ll keep you in my daily thoughts regarding your difficulties with your pregnancy. Take care, get a lot of rest, and I’ll be awaiting your marvelous recipes!

    • says

      Thank you so much for your kind words! I’m sorry that it’s taken me a little while to respond. I haven’t been on here in a while, but I really appreciate you taking the time to leave me such a nice comment!

  3. Rena says

    Congrats how exciting!!! of course we will forgive you, dont worry!! my mom had hyperemesis and I get severely nauseous as well so I totally understand. Do NOT feel bad, just rest up and we hope youre better soon!! I havent been getting your (or anyones for that matter) updates on facebook but ive been coming to check out your new recipes, love them!!

    • says

      Thanks so much! Yes, you do understand! I’m not sure what’s going on with Facebook, but I don’t see hardly anything on mine either. Thank you for coming by to check out the recipes, and thank you for your kind words, too!

  4. Donna says

    Take care! The little bundle of love will definitely be worth all the sickness. I will pray for you too. And am really looking forward to making these red brownies too! They look heavenly. Xoxo

    • says

      Thanks so much!! Yes, babies are definitely worth it! This is my third time with this, and the babies ultimately make it all worth it. I hope you enjoy the brownies, and thank you for your kind words!!

  5. Tammy says

    Congratulations on your pregnancy and hope your condition improves sooner rather than later.

    I was wondering, when do you add the food coloring? I looked but didn’t see it in the directions.

    Thanks for another recipe to try out!

    • says

      Thank you for your well wishes! You add it right before you stir the chocolate pieces in and right after you mix the flour in. I’ve fixed the recipe to reflect that. Thank you again! =)

  6. Jocelyn says

    Congratulations on your pregnancy, but I am so sorry to hear of your hyperemesis gravidarum. That is an incredibly miserable condition to have. You are amazing to even be posting one recipe a week, let alone two. Please take care of yourself. In fact, as much as we’d all miss your posts, I hope you’ll consider taking some time off. I will be praying for you.

    Oh, and by the way, these brownies look scrumptious!

    • says

      Thank you so much for your kind words! You don’t know how much that means to me right now and how much I appreciate them!! Again, thank you so much!

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