Monday, January 23, 2017

Valentine's Day Red Velvet Brownies

I love Valentine's Day and have many fond memories of the simple ways we celebrated as a family.  When the boys were little, we would always make a special Valentine's Day dessert for their daddy.  It might be homemade heart shaped sugar cookies with an edge dipped in chocolate, a heart shaped cheese cake, or my husband's favorite chocolate chip cookies. Our Valentine's Day dinners usually consisted of a heart shaped meatloaf. Yes, you heard me correctly!  No fancy restaurants for my guys.  They loved meatloaf and thought it was really special in the shape of a heart!

This year I thought I would make a batch of my red velvet brownies.  They are the perfect color for Valentine's Day and especially delicious. You have to try these!!
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

Directions:  
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 would be a great addition to a Valentine's Day dessert bar.  Who doesn't like a little sugar on Valentine's Day? Have a wonderful week!

Blessings from Lynda at Still Woods Farmhouse

3 comments:

  1. Lynda, I also love Valentine's Day! I just made red velvet cupcakes on Saturday! Your brownies look delicious and I am going to bake them! Thanks so much for sharing! Blessings, Pam @ Everyday Living

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    1. Hi Pam,
      So glad you stopped by. You must be a red velvet fan as well! My mother bakes the most wonderful red velvet cake each year for my sister's birthday. It has a cooked icing, not the cream cheese version. It is the best red velvet cake I have ever eaten. I need to get the recipe and bake it for a blog post. Of course eating it will be an added bonus:) Have a great week!
      Blessings from Lynda at Still Woods Farmhouse

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  2. YUM! These look so good! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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