Friday, November 18, 2016

Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies #2: Red Velvet Brownies

It's the second in the series of the Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies!  Today, I am featuring a brownie or bar cookie. You will thank me for this recipe.  It's that good.  We may even become "bestest" of friends! You will want to know what else is in my Christmas baking arsenal!  You might even volunteer to help me bake!
Let me introduce to you Red Velvet Brownies.  Look at those delicious layers of red velvet, then cream cheese, and lastly red velvet swirled on top!  These are best eaten without the interference of coffee or milk. Just take a bite and close your eyes...let the flavors mingle in your mouth.  Groaning is acceptable when eating these brownies!

I bet your ready to bake a batch.  Let's take a look at this easy recipe:

Red Velvet Brownie Layer:
1 stick butter
1 cup of sugar
1 teaspoon of vanilla
1/4 cup of cocoa powder
Pinch of salt
1 tablespoon of red food coloring
1 teaspoon of vinegar
2 eggs
3/4 cup all purpose flour

Cream Cheese Layer:
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Butter an 8 by 8-inch baking pan and set aside.

Brownie layer: In a saucepan on medium heat melt the butter. Remove the butter to a large bowl and add the sugar, vanilla, cocoa powder, salt, food coloring, and vinegar, in that order, mixing between additions. Whisk the eggs in a small bowl and stir it into the cocoa mix. Fold in the flour until lightly combined. Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan, saving 1/4 cup of the batter for the top.

Cream cheese layer: Blend together the cream cheese, sugar, egg, and vanilla in a medium bowl. Gently spread the cream cheese layer on top of the brownie batter in the pan. Dollop the remaining brownie batter over the cream cheese layer. Using a skewer, drag the tip through the cream cheese mixture to create a swirl pattern. Bake the brownies for 30 minutes. Remove to a cooling rack and allow them to cool completely before cutting.

These are absolutely scrumptious!  I hope to see you next time for the 3rd in the Twelve Days of Christmas Cookies!
Blessings from Lynda at Still Woods Farmhouse
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