Red Velvet Brownies

Since Brandon’s 15th birthday is next week and his absolute favorite sweet in the whole world is red velvet cake, I decided to make him some red velvet brownies for this week’s featured dessert. These chewy brownies are great especially with the homemade cream cheese frosting on top!

RED VELVET BROWNIES

1 (4-oz.) bittersweet chocolate baking bar, chopped

3/4 cup butter

2 cups sugar

4 large eggs

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 (1-oz.) bottle red liquid food coloring

1 1/2 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1/8 tsp. salt

1. Preheat oven to 350*. Line bottom of pan with foil, allowing a few inches to extend over the edges. If needed, cut two pieces and cross over each other for better fit. Grease foil.

2. Microwave chocolate and butter in large microwave-safe bowl for 1 to 2 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds, until melted and smooth. Whisk in sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, whisking just until blended after each addition. Gently stir in flour and next four ingredients. Pour mixture into prepared pan.

3. Bake at 350* for 45 to 50 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted in center come out with a few moist crumbs. Cool completely on a wire rack.

4. Lift brownies from pan, using foil sides as handles; gently remove foil. Spread cream cheese frosting on top of brownies, and cut into 16 squares.

CREAM CHEESE FROSTING

1 (8-oz) pkg. cream cheese, softened

3 Tbsp. butter, softened

1 1/2 cups powdered sugar

1/8 tsp. salt

1 tsp. vanilla extract

Beat cream cheese and butter and medium speed with an electric beater until creamy.  Gradually add sugar and salt, beating until blended. Stir in vanilla.

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