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Red Velvet Brownies with White Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

Red velvet brownies are a delicious bite-size Valentine's Day treat, and they're topped with creamy white chocolate cream cheese frosting.

A red velvet brownie on a plate in front of the remaining brownies

It's February already, which means Valentine's Day is almost here! We don't put a lot of effort into celebrating Valentine's Day. We buy cards, and a box of candy. I might make a fancy dinner at home.

Our son's class usually exchanges cards and sometimes treats. If you're tired of making cupcakes for class exchanges, give these red velvet brownies a try. The deep red color is perfect for Valentine's Day!

Red velvet brownie batter being poured into a baking pan

The brownies themselves need only one bowl to mix the batter. The frosting is optional (I know my son wouldn't eat anything with "cream cheese" in the name), but it does make adhering the Valentine's hearts sprinkles easier.

What is red velvet, anyway? The name originally came from the red hue caused by the non-Dutched cocoa in the batter. Later on, during the rationing during the World Wars, bakers sweetened their cakes with boiled beet juice, which also gave the cake a red color. Now, it's just red food coloring. While the cake has been around since the Victorian era, it's widely considered a Southern United States regional dessert.

A red velvet brownie on a white plate with an orange OXO "Be a Good Cookie" spatula
This cake also serves another purpose—I'm participating in The Little Kitchen's third annual Valentine's event to raise money for Cookies for Kids Cancer. This is the third year for Julie's Valentine’s event! I'm proud to help make a difference in the fight against pediatric cancer.
Did you know that cancer is the #1 cause of death of children by disease in the U.S.? There are 40,000 U.S. children actively battling cancer right now. With less than 4% of the National Cancer Institute's budget going to all childhood cancer combined, I knew it was important for me to get involved.

Help us make a difference by donating to Cookies for Kids' Cancer! Our goal is to raise at least $3000. Because these three companies: Dixie Crystals, Mediavine and OXO have each pledged to match our donations raised through this campaign up to $3000!

Thanks to many of you, we have reached our goal. You can still donate and help us make an even bigger difference!
A red velvet brownie on a white plate with heart-shaped sprinkles
A red velvet brownie on a white plate

Red Velvet Brownies with White Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

Yield: 16 brownies
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 48 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 3 minutes

Red velvet brownies are a delicious bite-size Valentine's Day treat, and they're topped with creamy white chocolate cream cheese frosting.

Ingredients

For the brownies

  • 1 (4-oz.) bittersweet chocolate baking bar, chopped
  • ¾ cup unsalted butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ tsp baking powder
  • ⅛ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ oz red gel food coloring

For the white chocolate cream cheese frosting

  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips, melted
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cups powdered sugar
  • ⅛ tsp salt
  • Valentine's hearts sprinkles (optional)

Instructions

Make the brownies

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9-inch by 9-inch baking pan with tinfoil, leaving 3 inches of overhang on two opposite sides. Spray with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. Bring about an inch of water to a boil in a large saucepan.
  3. Place the chopped chocolate and butter in a large mixing bowl. Place over the boiling water (do not let the mixing bowl touch the water), and melt the butter and chocolate together, stirring often, until smooth.
  4. Set aside to cool.
  5. Whisk in the sugar, then the eggs, one at a time, making sure the egg is fully incorporated before adding another.
  6. Stir together the flour, baking powder and salt, and add to the chocolate mixture.
  7. Stir in the food coloring and vanilla extract.
  8. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan. Bake for 44 to 48 minutes.
  9. Cool completely on a wire rack.

Make the frosting

  1. In a medium mixing bowl, beat together the cream cheese and butter until well-combined.
  2. Add the melted chocolate and vanilla extract; mix until incorporated.
  3. Gradually add the powdered sugar and salt to the frosting, beating until light and fluffy.

Assembly

  1. Use the overhanging tinfoil to lift the brownies out of the baking pan.
  2. Spread the frosting over the brownies. Sprinkle with Valentines hearts sprinkles (if using).
  3. Cut into quarters lengthwise, then rotate the brownies 90 degrees, and cut into quarters again to make 16 small brownies.
  4. Refrigerate if not serving immediately.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 16 brownies Serving Size: 1 brownie
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 420Total Fat: 22gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 94mgSodium: 155mgCarbohydrates: 52gFiber: 1gSugar: 42gProtein: 5g

I am not a certified nutritionist. This nutrition information is automatically calculated by third party software and is meant as a guideline only.

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Slightly adapted from Southern Living

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JulieD

Thursday 14th of March 2019

From the bottom of my heart, thank you for participating in our V-Day event and driving awareness to C4KC's mission!

Susannah

Friday 8th of February 2019

Coleen, You are wonderful for creating and sharing this lovely recipe for such a worthy cause! Your Mediavine swag is on the way and should be to you soon. It's a small token of our appreciation for your time and efforts to wipe out pediatric cancer. Thank you so much for participating! — Susannah at Mediavine

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