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Monday, February 13, 2012

Red Velvet Brownies

The other dessert snack that I served at the Valentine's Cocktail Party was red velvet brownies. I've not always been a red velvet fan, but I've found a few recipes that include a fair amount of chocolate (and therefore a TON of red food coloring) and I have now officially switched sides. These are sort of a mix between a brownie and cake and are super yummy! And its a 1-bowl batter! Adapted from Heidi Bakes.

4 oz. chopped bittersweet chocolate
3/4 cup butter
2 cups sugar
4 large eggs
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 oz. red liquid food coloring
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon salt

Melt together the chocolate and butter in a microwave proof bowl, stirring every 15 seconds just until melted. Add the sugar and whisk together. Add the eggs, 1 at a time, whisking just until blended after each egg. Gently stir in the flour and stir lightly. Add the food coloring, baking powder, vanilla, and salt at the same time and stir until incorporated. Pour into a 9x9 brownie pan lined with lightly-greased foil. Bake for about 40-45 minutes at 350 degrees, until toothpick in center comes out almost clean. Let cool completely. Meanwhile, make the frosting. 

1/2 stick butter, softened
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-2 tablespoons milk

Beat together the butter and cream cheese until smooth. Add the powdered sugar and vanilla and beat until incorporated and smooth- add milk to desired consistency. Spread over cooled brownies and let frosting set. Cut into squares and serve! 

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