Red Velvet Brownies

I’ve noticed that red velvet is always a trendy flavor for sweets.   It’s not a cake flavor my mom baked when I was a kid, but I’ve developed a taste for it and I enjoy the various toppings (pudding, yogurt, cream cheese, goat cheese, white chocolate, and the traditional cooked icing).  Last year my middle little sister Emmi found a recipe for red velvet brownies and adapted it to suit our needs to the Manheim Farm Show.  Emmi entered the brownies and won 2nd place!  I’ve also turned the brownies into brownie bites and brownie pops.  They are moist and have a rich color that really makes eating them a multisensory experience.

Here is the recipe:

Red Velvet Brownies                Adapted from Smells Like Home

6 T. cocoa powder                                 4 large eggs
2 oz (4 T.) red food coloring               2 ½ c. flour
4 t. vanilla, divided                                ½  t. salt
1 c. butter                                                   2 c. white chocolate chipscc
3 cups sugar

    • Preheat the oven to 350°.  Line a 9×13 pan with parchment.
    • Mix cocoa, food coloring, and 2 t. vanilla into a thick paste. Set aside.
    • Cream butter and sugar.  Add eggs one at a time, mixing well, then add the remaining 2 t. of vanilla.  With the mixer off, add in the cocoa mixture, then beat until uniform in color.  Slowly add in the flour and salt and mix until just combined.  Do not overmix.
    • Add chips and mix in by hand, eliminating any streaks.
    • Bake for 40 minutes at 350°.  Cool in the fridge to make extra fudgy.
    • Optional:  omit chips and frost with cream cheese icing.

I will give you a visual on how much I love this recipe:

One Gallon of Red Food Coloring

Yes, I bought a whole gallon of red food coloring.  The local restaurant supply store price for a gallon is less than the grocery store’s price for two tiny bottles.  It has a bit of yellow in it, but I don’t mind.  I have made the recipe enough times to know it is a winner!

Farm Show Red Velvet Brownies, October 2011

Red Velvet Brownie Pops, February 2012

Awesome stuff I did because Chuck is watching college football on ESPN and working on his blog:

  • Went to one of my favorite restaurants for dinner, JoBoy’s.  I had to pick up cream cheese so of course that was the perfect excuse not to cook dinner.
  • Made a whole Pinterest board about poppies, which are one of my favorite flowers.
  • Baked two batches of brownies in a kitchen without plumbing or countertops.  It can be done.  And now I have used my new oven!  There is potluck at work tomorrow and the stress of washing dishes by hand is (for once) worth it.

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