Red Velvet Santa Hat Brownies


These Red Velvet Brownies are so cute cut and decorated like Santa Hats!

So these brownies…


Sometimes stuff is just too easy to even talk about.

And also, making brownies look like Santa Hats is basically my new favorite activity.


I mean…
Photobucket And they start with a boxed cake mix.


And also, if you despise cake mixes and refuse to eat them, I don’t need to know.

Just saying.

But you could go check out this recipe, because I trust that girl pretty hard.


Anyway.  Back to my brownies.  That are also Santa Hats. Which basically spells love.

You can’t compete with love, folks.


Red Velvet Santa Hat Brownies.

Start with your cake mix.  CAKE MIX. Mwahahahaha…

Photobucket And add just a few ingredients…

Melted butter being one of them…


Stir and add mini chocolate chips.  Because brownies with chocolate chips are always better.


Bakity bake bake.


When they are cooled, you can cut them.   But please, be patient.  Let them cool all the way.  Overnight even!

Cut them into triangles.  You’re making hats, remember?


And then totally frost them.

I used my buttercream recipe…but here’s the thing, you won’t need a ton of frosting, so if you make the whole batch you will have enough leftover to frost a bunch of cupcakes…or freeze it to use some other time!


These taste as good as they are cute.  Promise!


5.0 from 1 reviews
Red Velvet Santa Hat Brownies
makes 24 brownies
  • 1 box Red Velvet Cake Mix (I used Betty Crocker, 15.25 oz)
  • 1 egg
  • ¾ cup butter, melted
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 cup mini chocolate chips
  • vanilla or cream cheese frosting to decorate
  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Spray 9x13 liberally with cooking spray.
  3. In a large bowl combine cake mix, egg, melted butter and water. Stir until mixed in evenly.
  4. Stir in chocolate chips.
  5. Pour into pan and spread evenly. Bake for 25-30 minutes until the center is just set.
  6. Let cool completely.
  7. Cut into triangles to mimic hats.
  8. Frost as a hat if desired.
brownie recipe adapted from Duncan Hines

Frosting recipe found here


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November 29, 2012 12:41 pm

They are perfect to bring to my G-d Parents for our Christmas!

November 29, 2012 12:56 pm

These are adorable! I made some santa hat brownies on the blog last week. I LOVE that yours have red velvet! DELISH!

November 29, 2012 12:57 pm

Um, totally adorable!


Omg, are these not the cutest little things or what? Love!!

November 29, 2012 1:38 pm

YUM. I have never tried red velvet brownies before. I should totally get on that.

November 29, 2012 1:58 pm

adorable idea!!

November 29, 2012 2:07 pm

I couldn’t love these more! Bring on the easy and the adorable, baby!

November 29, 2012 2:08 pm

I love how easy these are AND how deceptively chocolatey they are. And so so so so cute!

November 29, 2012 2:12 pm

So cute! What a fun idea for Christmas parties. 😀

November 29, 2012 2:20 pm

too cute girl!! Just pinned these and about to stumble

November 29, 2012 2:20 pm

Totally going to make these for a Christmas Party. Whenever I make RV Cake or Chocolate Brownies, I add brewed strong coffee for the water component. Adds amazing depth of flavor without tasting at all like coffee. Will be doing it for these as well. Thanks for the recipe!

November 29, 2012 2:30 pm

You are endlessly creative. And everything look beautiful and delicious!!!

November 29, 2012 2:41 pm

Super cute! but how much water in the recipe?

November 29, 2012 3:12 pm

I have never seen this done before! So cute and creative and festive, Shelly!

November 29, 2012 3:27 pm

Such a cute idea! I am a sucker for any kind of brownie, and my son will love the santa hats!

November 29, 2012 4:37 pm

1. Ummm YUM!
2. you are adorable :)

November 29, 2012 5:00 pm

Such a cute idea! Love the red velvet mix as the Santa color! I’m afraid I would eat half of the pan of hats:-)

November 29, 2012 7:14 pm

see now this is decorating even I can do!

November 29, 2012 9:00 pm

These are so adorable!!

November 29, 2012 9:09 pm

These look absolutely delicious! I drool!

November 29, 2012 9:13 pm

I am SO doing these with cream cheese frosting! Love how festive they are.

November 29, 2012 9:14 pm

Okay, those are too adorable. I heart cake mix. Like, I’d marry it if I could. 😉

November 29, 2012 10:45 pm

What a creative idea to cut the brownies in triangles to make hats. So cute!

November 29, 2012 11:41 pm

How CLEVER!! WHYYYY didn’t I think of this? So simple, and cute! Love!! Now, to find an occasion to take them, so I won’t eat them all. :) MERRRY CHRISTMAS!!

November 29, 2012 11:58 pm

Too cute!

November 30, 2012 8:24 am

so simple but amazing! i’ll be making these for a holiday party on saturday!

November 30, 2012 5:50 pm

These are absolutely adorable!!!

November 30, 2012 9:37 pm

These are such a simple idea. I don’t know why I haven’t seen these before. Cute idea :)


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December 1, 2012 6:11 am

Hey Shelly! I loved this idea so much that I reposted it on my blog! Check it out:

Thanks for all the deliciousness!
Smiles and all the best,

December 2, 2012 2:11 pm

I am excited to try these tonight! Do you know if there are any altitude adjustments?


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December 5, 2012 10:45 am

These look Yummy!!

December 7, 2012 10:19 am

Thank you so much for sharing this recipe! I have actually made three batches THIS WEEK! I catered a breakfast for my husband’s office & then I got two orders for these after the breakfast because everyone loved them so much! Thanks again!! :)

December 13, 2012 12:44 pm

These are too cute! I’ve been craving red velvet like crazy anyhow so here’s a perfect excuse and I know my 4 yr old will get a kick out of helping with them :)

December 20, 2012 9:34 pm

Just made these as a Secret Santa treat. So excited you shared such an easy and cute treat for Christmas. They were a but crumbly when I started to cut them, which I’m sure is why you said to maybe let them cool overnight. It’s all good though cuz now I’ve got all kinds of scraps to stuff in my face. :)

December 21, 2012 1:44 am

Lovely idea. Red velvet Santa hat brownies are really cute. My kids going to love it.

December 26, 2012 4:05 am

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July 20, 2013 12:32 pm

I randomly stumbled onto your site. I just fell in love. Let’s not make this awkward.


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Emily G
December 12, 2013 2:12 pm

I made these last year for Christmas and they were a hit! Everyone loved the chocolate chips inside. These are offically on my must-bake list for the holidays.

Dana Loan
December 23, 2014 12:40 pm

I just made these for my office and family this morning. They turned out great and so cute! And those that didn’t look like perfect triangles…we’ll they were just tasty while I was decorating the others!


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