Saturday, December 22

RED VELVET BROWNIES

'Tis the season to satisfy your sweet tooth, right? From candy to cookies to cakes, everyone has their favorite Christmas sweet. It's no stretch to say that my family LOVES Red Velvet Cake. It's the most requested cake in our family. 

There's nothing more festive than ending your Christmas dinner with a beautiful and stately Red Velvet Cake. This year I have decided to shake things up a bit and make Red Velvet Brownies instead of cake. Sacrilege! I know. I will keep you posted on how this goes over with the family. Fingers crossed. Red velvet brownies are a bite-size version of the classic cake we all love so well. Top it with cream cheese frosting and you've got yourself the ultimate holiday dessert! This already sounds like the kind of thing that will be calling me at night!


RED VELVET BROWNIES
MAKES 24 BROWNIES
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INGREDIENTS

  • (4-oz.) bittersweet chocolate baking bar, chopped
  • 3/4 cup butter 
  • 2 cups sugar 
  • large eggs 
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 
  • (1-oz.) bottle red liquid food coloring
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • Small-Batch Cream Cheese Frosting, following

    WHAT TO DO
    • Preheat oven to 350°. Line bottom and sides of a 9-inch square pan with nonstick foil, allowing 2 to 3 inches to extend over the sides.
    • Microwave chocolate and butter in a large microwave-safe bowl at HIGH 1 1/2 to 2 minutes or until melted and smooth, stirring at 30-second intervals. Whisk in sugar. Add eggs, 1 at a time, stir just until blended. Gently stir in flour and next 4 ingredients. Pour mixture into prepared pan.
    • Bake at 350° for 44 to 48 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out with a few moist crumbs. Cool completely on a wire rack. 
    • Lift brownies from pan, using foil sides as handles; remove foil. Spread with Cream Cheese Frosting, and cut into 16 squares. Garnish, if desired.
      Small-Batch Cream Cheese Frosting

      INGREDIENTS

      • (8-oz.) package cream cheese, softened 
      • 3 tablespoons butter, softened 
      • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
      • 1/8 teaspoon salt
      • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 
        WHAT TO DO
        • Beat cream cheese and butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. 
        • Gradually add powdered sugar and salt, beating until blended. Stir in vanilla.
        ENJOY!

        ~THE DOMESTIC CURATOR~
        RONDA

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