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…
PhotobucketAnd 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…

PhotobucketAnd 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!



Red Velvet Santa Hat Brownies


makes 24 brownies


  • 1 box Red Velvet Cake Mix (I used Betty Crocker, 15.25 oz)
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup mini chocolate chips
  • vanilla or cream cheese frosting to decorate


  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Spray 9×13 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


42 Responses

  1. lynn

    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!

  2. 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!! 🙂

  3. Lilli

    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 🙂

  4. Tabitha

    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. 🙂

  5. Emily G

    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.

  6. Dana Loan

    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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