red velvet bars

Red Velvet Bars

red velvet bars

Red Velvet Bars with Valentine M&M’s…

You’ll fall in love with these bars!  If you enjoy red velvet desserts and m&m’s, then these are perfect for you!  We enjoyed ours topped with ice cream for dessert.  After having two snow days, last week, these red velvet bars were a delicious end to those snow days.  We received a ton of snow and spent a lot of time outside.  Our road was not very driveable.  If you didn’t have a 4×4 vehicle, you wouldn’ have been able to drive down our road.  Luckily, we have 4×4 vehicles and my husband had to help out people that attempted to drive down our road.  I definitely had a great arm and upper body workout, from shoveling snow.  We had a fun time sledding around the yard, too.

red velvet bars

What’s not to LOVE about these red velvet bars?

Red velvet + M&M’s + Easy = Delicious!   After baking a loaf of my Red Velvet Banana Bread, which is an awesome recipe and twist on banana bread!  {Give it a try with the left over red velvet cake mix, from this recipe.}  I had 2 cups of red velvet cake mix, that I needed to use up.  It was the perfect amount for making these red velvet bars.  Baked in an 8×8 inch pan, the center pieces were perfectly moist and chewy.  The outer pieces baked up a little more fluffy. 

red velvet bars

The M&M’s are fun and… chocolatey!

red velvet bars

red velvet bars

Red Velvet Bars – Makes one 8×8 inch pan

  • 1/2 cup butter (melted) – 1 stick
  • 1/4 cup applesauce
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 cups red velvet cake mix – (dry)
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup M&M’s
  • 1/2 cup M&M’s to add on top before baking


Step One: Preheat oven to 350 F degrees.  Line an 8×8 inch pan with foil and lightly spray with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.  In a large mixing bowl, combine the melted butter and both sugars.  Whisk together and add the applesauce, vanilla, milk and eggs.  Whisk until everything is fully mixed together.  Add in the baking soda, baking powder, dry cake mix, and flour.  Whisk for 1 minute or until the dry ingredients are fully combined in the batter.  Stir in 1/2 cup m&m’s.  

Step Two: Pour batter into the prepared pan. Spread evenly and top with 1/2 cup m&m’s.  Bake in preheated oven for 22 – 24 minutes, or until the center has moist crumbs from knife test.  (Knife test – insert and remove the knife into the middle of bars.  You don’t want to see any loose batter on the knife.  You want to see moist crumbs.)  Once moist crumbs are seen, remove red velvet bars from oven and cool on wired racks.

Step Three: Once cooled, use the foil edges to remove the bars from the pan.  Place on a cutting board and peel pack the foil lined sides.  Slice into bars.  I was able to get 16, 2 inch bars.  Store in an airtight container on the counter.  Enjoy!

By: Vanessa

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red velvet bars

red velvet bars



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6 comments on “Red Velvet Bars

  1. Celli

    These look delicious and seem very easy to make!

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