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Red Velvet Valentine Brownie Bites

Red Velvet Valentine Brownie Bites by JavaCupcake.com

Next week is one of the most popular holidays of the year… Valentine’s Day!  And I wanted to create something super special to celebrate the day!  Red Velvet Valentine Brownie Bites is what I made for you!

Two years ago for Valentine’s Day, I made chocolate cupcakes filled with cream and topped with a chocolate ganache and buttercream.  Last year I made (I was about to have a baby and was nesting!) Dark Chocolate Raspberry Hug Cookies, Sweetheart Sugar Cookie Bars,  Baked Sour Cream Donuts,  and Frosted Sugar Cookies!  This year needed to be different.

Red Velvet.  Yes… but I’ve done Red Velvet cupcakes and brownies before, so I knew I had to mix things up a bit with this recipe.  For the brownie, I adapted a recipe from How Sweet It Is  and baked them in a larger pan so they’d be a bit thinner.  I cut them into heart shapes, and piped white chocolate cream cheese frosting between two hearts to create a sandwich.

These are DEFINITELY a winner!  The chocolate is subtle in the brownie but the white chocolate is explosive in the frosting… put the two together and you’ve got YUM!

Enjoy!

Red Velvet Valentine Brownie Bites by JavaCupcake.com

 

Red Velvet Valentine Brownie Bites

Yield: 24 brownie bites

Ingredients

Red Velvet Brownies

  • 3 Tbsp dark chocolate cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp Wilton Christmas Red food coloring Gel
  • 2 tsp vanilla, divided
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/4 cups flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt

White Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2oz cream cheese, room temperature
  • 2/3 cup white chocoalte chips, melted
  • 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 Tbsp milk
  • 1/8 tsp salt

Instructions

Red Velvet Brownies

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F degrees. Line a 9x13 cake pan with parchment paper that hangs over the edges and grease with butter or shortening. Flour lightly.
  2. In a small bowl, combine cocoa powder, red food coloring, and 1 tsp vanilla to create a paste.
  3. Using your stand mixer, cream butter and sugar until fluffy.
  4. One at a time, add the eggs and vanilla and mix until incorporated.
  5. Add the cocoa paste and mix until combined thoroughly. At this point, you can add more coloring if the batter is not red enough for your taste.
  6. Add flour and salt and mixuntil just combined.
  7. Spread batter evenly into prepared pan. Ensure batter is level and flat, especially on the sides. Since there is no leavening in this recipe, the brownies won't rise very much.
  8. Bake 23-25 minutes.
  9. Let brownies cool in the pan for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely. Use the parchment paper to lift the brownies from the pan.
  10. Using a small heart shaped cookie cutter, cut brownies into heart shapes.

White Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

  1. Using your stand mixer, cream together the butter and cream cheese until smooth - about 2-3 minutes.
  2. Add the melted white chocolate and mix until incorporated.
  3. Add the powdered sugar, vanilla, milk and salt and mix on medium-low until smooth.
  4. Beat 2-3 minutes on high until light and fluffy.

Assembly

  1. Using a small star tip (like Wilton 1M), pipe frosting onto the top of one heart. Make sure to pipe to the edges of the heart.
  2. Place another heart, face up, on top of the frosting and gently press down.
  3. Sprinkle with powdered sugar to garnish.

Happy Valentine’s Day! Red Velvet Love Cupcakes

I had a little bit of extra Red Velvet batter when I made an order for mini’s recently,  so I decided to dress up a full size cupcakes for Valentine’s Day.

First, I used my favorite red and white liners from Sutton Gourmet Paper that owner Kellie sent me.  Seriously, these make any red and white cupcake so much more beautiful.  They hold their color so well… I just love them!

Second, I filled those awesome liners with my recipe for Red Velvet cake… which, I think I’ve pretty much perfected.

Third, I topped them with a simple cream cheese and vanilla bean frosting.

Finally, I added the cutest red heart sprinkles… making these the perfect Valentine treat!

Here’s to wishing all of my fantastic readers a very

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY! 

Please know how much I love each and every one of you and truly am thankful for your love and support over the years!

Cream Cheese & Vanilla Bean Frosting

Yield: Enough to frost 12+ cupcakes
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 2 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2oz cream cheese, room temperature
  • the seeds from one Madagascar vanilla bean
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1lb powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup Madagascar vanilla bean cream (recipe for this cream can be found here)
  • pinch of salt

Instructions

  1. Cream together the cream cheese and butter until smooth.
  2. Mix in the vanilla bean seeds and vanilla extract. Scrape the sides of the bowl.
  3. Mix in the powered sugar and salt.
  4. Add enough of the cream until you get the consistency you desire and mix until incorporated. Scrape the sides of the bowl.
  5. Beat on high for 4-5 minutes.
  6. Pipe swirls on you the cupcake and top with red hearts.

ChocolateLove Bloghop: Red Velvet Cheesecake Chocolate Brownies

Does anyone notice a theme lately?  Pink! Red!  Love!  YES! It’s definitely that time of year where all I want to bake and create are love themed and colored goodies!

Today… it’s Red Velvet, Cream Cheese & Chocolate Brownies.  Now, you may have noticed that I don’t make many red velvet things… I’m not really a huge fan.  I don’t always have red food dye on hand and I’m not a huge fan of cream cheese.  Call it pregnancy hormones and cravings… but for the first time in my life, I’ve been wanting to use cream cheese in every dessert I make.

The recipe is pretty simple… there are a few steps, but it really didn’t take much time at all to put together!

I made these especially for the #ChocolateLove BlogHop that I’m apart of!  So make sure you visit the BlogHop Co-Hosts listed at the bottom of this post and add your favorite CHOCOLATE recipe to the list!

ENJOY!

Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies
Makes 12-16 brownies

Brownie Batter:
9 tbsp unsalted butter
7oz 70% dark chocolate

3 eggs
1 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla

2 tbsp cocoa powder
1 tbsp red food coloring gel/dye

3/4 cup + 2 tbsp flour
1/4 tsp salt

Cheesecake Batter:
12oz cream cheese, room temperature
2 egg yolks
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 tsp vanilla

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F degrees.  Line 9×13 glass pan with parchment paper and spray lightly with cooking spray (or grease/flour pan – I prefer parchment paper, makes the brownies easier to pull out at the end).
  2. In a double boiler, melt the butter and chocolate together.  Stir often.  Set aside to cool slightly when melted.
  3. While that’s melting, in a small bowl, whisk together the flour and salt and set aside.
  4. In an even smaller bowl, with a fork, stir together the cocoa powder and food coloring until it becomes a paste and set aside.
  5. While the chocolate/butter is cooling, in the bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the eggs, sugar and vanilla until smooth.
  6. SLOWLY pour in the slightly cooled chocolate.  Start with a little bit at a time, you don’t want to add it all too much, too hot and cook the eggs.
  7. Add the cocoa powder/food coloring.  Scrape the sides of the bowl and beat until your batter turns a dark red color.  If you want, you can add more red coloring at this time.  Make sure the food color is very well incorporated before you move on.
  8. Slowly add the flour and mix until smooth.  Don’t beat too much… just enough until all the clumps are out and the batter is smooth.
  9. Remove 1/2 cup of batter and set aside.
  10. In a clean bowl for the stand mixer, mix together the cream cheese, egg yolks, sugar and vanilla on high speed until whipped and smooth.

  11. Spread brownie batter in the bottom of the pan, making sure to get it into the edges and corners.

  12. Dollop the cream cheese mixture on top of the brownie mixture.  Using an offset spatula, gently spread to cover the brownie mixture.

  13. Drizzle remaining brownie mixture on top of the cream cheese.  Using your offset spatula, swirl the three layers together.  NOTE:  Don’t swirl too much!  You want a lot of the white cream cheese to show through!
  14. Bake for 20 minutes, rotate pan, and cover with foil.  Bake another 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out with crumbs, not wet batter.
  15. Allow to cool completely in pan before removing to cut into squares.

Recipe adapted from An American Cupcake in London

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