Happy Valentine’s Day!
Despite the fact that I am a generally cynical and un-romantic individual, I love this holiday. I don’t know if it’s the fashion opportunities, the fun desserts I get to make, or the cards, but I have always loved it. It’s even better now that I am married to a man who understands my personality and comes up with Valentine’s Day activities that do not include the usual cliches. The Renaissance Man has never given me flowers.
Speaking of fun desserts to make: these brownies are delicious. And beautiful. They take a little doing, but they make a nice presentation, especially if you cut them out with a heart-shaped cookie cutter.
If you’re looking for a last minute gift today, consider making these brownies. Your sweetheart will thank you.
Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies
Red Velvet Layer-
- 3 1/4 C. flour
- 2 1/4 C. granulated sugar
- 3 Tbsp. cocoa powder
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp. baking powder
- 3 eggs
- 1 C. vegetable oil
- 4 Tbsp. milk
- 1 Tbsp. vanilla extract
- 1 Tbsp. red food coloring
- 2 tsp. white vinegar
- 2 8oz. packages of cream cheese, softened
- 3/4 C. granulated sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 tsp. vanilla
Step 1: Grease a jelly roll pan. I mean really grease it. This brownie mix will stick to it, you’re just minimizing the damage.
Step 2: Mix all the dry ingredients for the red velvet layer together in a large bowl. Set it aside and mix together the rest of the ingredients. Carefully mix the two together (the red will stain, so don’t spill it. Also don’t spill it because it’s yummy). The batter will be a stiff dough consistency.
Step 3: Put 3/4 C. of the dough into a separate small bowl. Add 3-4 Tbsp. of milk and whisk it together to make a slurry. Set this aside.
Step 4: In the bowl of a mixer, beat the cream cheese and granulated sugar for the cheesecake layer until it’s fluffy. Add the eggs and vanilla and beat together well. Spread the cheesecake mixture evenly over the red velvet layer.
Step 6: Bake the brownies in a 350 degree over for 25-30 minutes, depending on how “done” you want your brownies to be. I like a fudgy brownie, so 25 minutes is enough. Let them cool completely, then cut into squares or use a cookie cutter to cut them into shapes.
The best part about cutting these brownies into shapes: you get a pan full of “scraps” that I do not feel compelled to count in my calories consumed for the day. They’re just scraps, after all…
Happy Valentine’s Day! Please tell someone that you love them today, even if it’s only yourself.
PS I love you!