Chocolate brownies are at the top of my list of favorite desserts. Right up there next to Red Velvet Cake. So when my sister told me she had a recipe for the best ever Red Velvet Brownies, I couldn’t wait to try it out myself.
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, so it’s the perfect time to try out my new set of heart-shaped cookie cutters. I baked the brownies as directed, let them cool and then used the cookie cutters to punch out the heart shapes. The white chocolate icing is super sweet. You can either top the brownies with it or use it to decorate the brownies. I put dots and XO’s on mine because, well, it was easy to draw dots, X’s and O’s.
Red Velvet Brownies are a lovely red-and-white twist on a brownie dessert you can enjoy anytime of year. If you don’t want to bother with cutting the brownies into shapes, it’s no big deal. They are sure to disappear fast no matter how they get served. Click to print this Red Velvet Brownies Recipe.
Red Velvet Brownies
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 2 tablespoons red food coloring
- Preheat oven to 350. Grease and flour an 8×8 pan.
- In a small bowl, combine cocoa powder, red food coloring, and 1 teaspoon vanilla to create a paste.
- Use an electric mixer to cream butter and sugar together until fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, then add remaining teaspoon of vanilla. Add in cocoa powder mixture and beat well until batter is colored red and mixed thoroughly. Add flour and salt, mixing until just combined.
- Spread batter in the prepared 8×8 pan. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Allow to cool completely before frosting.
White Chocolate Icing
- 1 stick of unsalted butter, at room temperature
- 2.5 cups powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup white chocolate chips, melted
- 1-2 tablespoons milk (more if needed)
Cream butter with a mixer until fluffy, then add vanilla. Slowly add in powdered sugar half a cup at a time and continue to mix on low speed. Add melted white chocolate and mix well. Add in milk 1 tablespoon at a time until desired consistency is reached.
What Valentine’s Day desserts do you have planned for this year? Have you tried Red Velvet Brownies?