Friday, February 24, 2012

Red Velvet Brownies "Reddies" for Steph's Birthday

Steph loves her some red velvet, so I try to make something with that flavor every year for her birthday. Over the years I've made cupcakes, cupcakes stuffed with cream cheese, whoopie pies, and now: red velvet brownies or "reddies" as my friends have dubbed them. These suckers are insane. Cut them way smaller than I did because they are so rich you won't be able to finish one otherwise.

Red Velvet Brownies w/White Chocolate Buttercream (from Smells Like Home)

3T cocoa
2T red food coloring
2t vanilla
1 stick butter, softened
1 1/2c sugar
2 eggs
1 1/4c flour
1/4t salt

1 stick butter, softened
1 1/2c powdered sugar
1t vanilla
4oz white chocolate, melted
1-2T heavy cream

Preheat to 350F. Grease 8"x8" baking pan.

In a small bowl, slowly stir together the cocoa, food coloring, and 1t of vanilla until no lumps of cocoa remain.

In a large bowl, beat together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Stir in the remaining vanilla. Add cocoa mixture and beat until mixture is uniform. Slowly add the flour and salt. Mix until just combined.

Pour batter into pan and bake for 30 minutes. Cool on rack completely.

Cream butter until soft and light. Beat in vanilla. Slowly add in powdered sugar. Once uniform, add in white chocolate and beat until uniform. Add in the heavy cream until the frosting has reached the desired consistency.


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