Monday, May 30, 2011

Red Velvet Brownies with White Chocolate Frosting...again

Did you know that today when I went to Target (aka just drop your whole paycheck off at the register store) I decided to let Indigo walk with me versus ride in a cart….Did you know not 3 minutes into the store trip she had managed to pick up a Luna Bar, bathing suit, lipstick, and get a piece of gum in her mouth…no I have no idea where the gum came from…no I refuse to think about it any longer.

I NEVER learn!

Any parents like me? Do you do the same thing over and over and expect a different result? It’s like I magically thought my little 2 year old was going to be my best buddy shopping pal and just gently suggest things she thought we should purchase…and tell me how great of a hair day I was having…I was really.

I also can’t believe I went to Target again thinking I could possibly get out of there without 16.5 more items then I originally went in for…DOH

Speaking of desserts, oh wait were we not talking about desserts? You don’t mind do you?

Some things are totally worth doing twice, not going to Target – gosh no, If I did that I couldn’t pay my mortgage this month. This dessert however is something that you can and should do over and over!

So make it for spouse
Make it for your neighbors

Make it for your toddler, and don’t tell them because you’re really using that as an excuse to make it for yourself…again.

INGREDIENTS (Red Velvet Brownies)
Delightfully borrowed this whole recipe from How Sweet It Is
{Printable Recipe}

1/2 cup butter, at room temperature
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons cocoa powder
2 tablespoons red food coloring
2/3 cups chocolate chips

DIRECTIONS (Red Velvet Brownies)

Preheat oven to 350 & Butter and flour an 8 x 8 cake pan (I ended up doubling the recipe for a party).

In a small bowl, combine cocoa powder, red food coloring, and 1 teaspoon vanilla to create a paste.

In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, then add remaining teaspoon of vanilla. With the mixer on medium speed, add in cocoa powder mixture. Beat until batter is completely red.  Add flour and salt, mixing until just combined. Fold in chocolate chips.

Spread in the 8 x 8 pan. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Let cool completely before frosting.  This recipe develops a thin top layer, remedy this by inverting the brownies and icing the bottom!

INGREDIENTS (White Chocolate Frosting)

1 stick of butter, at room temperature
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 ounces white chocolate, melted
1-2 tablespoons milk

DIRECTIONS (White Chocolate Frosting)

Cream butter in an electric mixer until fluffy, then add vanilla. Slowly add in powdered sugar 1/2 cup at a time with the mixer on low speed. Add in melted white chocolate and beat until incorporated. To reach desired consistency, add in milk 1 teaspoon at a time with mixer on low speed.


Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

A lovely cake! I love anything that has icing/frosting on it. ;-P



Lisa | Authentic Suburban Gourmet said...

Delish! These should be illegal! I just wish I had one right now to indulge in. :)

Velva said...

The red velvet brownies look divine. They look amazing.

As for shopping with your 2-year old? It does not get it any better. As they get older you will be amazed at what lands in your cart. The moral of the story...Enjoy your shopping on your own until they start earning their own paycheck, then invite them. :-)


Heather Baird said...

I have heard magnificent things about these brownies... must try asap! Love your photos, and the new font is really FUN!! :)

Diana said...

omg this looks amazing, my whole mouth watered!

I thought I was the only one who basically donated my check to Target, I'm not alone :)

Puja said...

OMG! This looks so so mouth watering. I can skip main meal for this dessert :D
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Pretty. Good. Food. said...

Why are you doing this to me when I'm trying to watch my diet?!!!! :) My mouth is watering....:)

Kim said...

Okay, so now I'm looking for any excuse to make these. Hmmm how about my daughter's last day of 4th grade? Seems to me that she deserves a red velvet brownie after completing another year of school, right? And I think I may deserve one or two for helping her with all that homework, right? Ha ha..

Bo said...

ok...anything red velvet is my instant favorite!

Pam said...

Love the new blog look - the header is beautiful. Target is very dangerous for me... I can never leave without buying several things. This cake looks beautiful and delicious - I love the white chocolate frosting.

Pachecopatty said...

I love your new look, I just plain love your blog;-) And these red velvet brownies, they would not be safe on my kitchen counter but how fun to make for a party. Thanks for the recipe;-)

Jocelyn said...

LOL! This post had me cracking up! Totally sounds like my trips to doesn't get any better as the kids get older. In fact then they grab play swords and fight in the middle of aisles!!! I may need a few of these brownies before I attempt another Target trip!!!

scrambledhenfruit said...

Sorry, but I had to laugh at your trip to Target. :) I remember those days- I had three little boys, and you can just imagine what they could get into. It did make life interesting though.
I'm drooling over those brownies, just like I did when I saw them on Jessica's blog. I'm thinking that maybe I could get away with making them if I take them to work. With only 14 days of school left, I think we deserve a treat. :)

Unknown said...

I think I love Target as much as you! Im in there atleast 3x a week!! Lol. Im also a Red Velvet freak!! Love it! These bars sound super yummy!

Sara Louise said...

I'm a sucker for Red Velvet, even had a Red Velvet Wedding cake, so I'm definitely saving this recipe. Which makes me think... when are you going to put together a cookbook so I can just have a whole book of you in my kitchen? Just a thought... no pressure...
And I can't wait to get back to the States this summer.... Target here I come!

khadija said...

Lovely red velvet cake!

Unknown said...

Fantastic brownies! Looks bril.
Oh, how I miss going to Target... :)

Unknown said...

These brownies look amazing, so so yummy and your shopping story made me giggle, the gum is just too hysterical. x

Heather S-G said...

Yum! These look awesome...I wouldn't mind a weekly repeat of these ;) And yeah...I don't know if that ever really stops. Perhaps once they start making their own money? At least I don't find my 13 year old with random mouthfuls of gum, I it gets a little better with time...ha ha ha

Delectably Green said...

These look amazing! white chocolate frosting - brilliant. yes, when my kids got old enough to go to pre school for a few hours, I did the shop - otherwise it was chaos - but it's still chaos - just in a different way!

cookies and cups said...

I am like your daughter at Target..things just HAPPEN!
Gorgeous brownies...the red velvet is so pretty!!

Unknown said...

The brownies are gorgeous!!!
Shopping with Chris is sometimes like shopping with your 2 year old!! lol

Val said...

Triple YES!!!!!!! Loving the new blog look.

Kristen said...

I LOVE that you made them again. Target with indy sounds like quite the experience. shes too cute "buying" up a storm!

Laurie {Simply Scratch} said...

HAAA! YES! My Target has a Starbucks that hands out free samples of pastries like Red Velvet Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting {NO LIE!!} it's a DOUBLE WHAMMY to the paycheck and the hips!!

Mary Bergfeld said...

These look wonderful. If they taste half as good as they look you have the makings of a classic here. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

Katie @ This Chick Cooks said...

Those brownies look great. I do sometimes fall prey to doing the same thing twice, expecting a new result. It happens :)

teresa said...

your blog looks beautiful! this had me literally laughing out loud. it's also reminding me that i need to take a trip to target, but i've been avoiding it for the same reasons!

LOVE these brownies, definitely worth the repeat!

Unknown said...

That cake is so pretty. I love the new look!

jenn from midlife modern said...

Suwee! Those brownies look ridiculous (in a good way). I'm almost grateful that it's so difficult for me to get to a Target because that place basically takes the money straight outta my pocket!

meghan @ scratch-made wife said...

I don't have a mini me, but I was a nanny for three kids at one point and can only imagine how your trip to Target went! I'm so glad you survived. This dessert looks tooooo good. I'm embarrassed I've yet to make a red velvet anything and have lived in the Southeast for almost three years now. Ouch. I should get on that.

Rick said...

They look thick and amazing! By the way I love the new font.

KrithisKitchen said...

Oh my my.... so inviting and delicious... love your brownies totally..
btw.. i agree with your thots on target..
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Angie A said...

Jenn @ Living Luxe for Less said...

This looks SO good! How clever...I can't wait to try this recipe soon. YUM!

Chris said...

Once you get past the fact the brownies are red, these look DELCIOUS. It's just a paradigm shift at first. I can't wait until Alexis makes this and the boys look at it wondering what it is! Great post.

And don't worry....she'll eventually grow out of it. Eventually. Trevor is 11 and still sneaks things into the cart if your not looking. Fortunately he does not chew gum from.....wherever.