Rich and delicious Red Velvet Brownies with Cream Cheese Frosting! Perfect for a special occasion like Valentine’s Day!

Red Velvet Brownies with Cream Cheese Frosting - perfect for Valentine's Day! These are so pretty and so delicious!

What do you make on Valentine’s Day?

I don’t know why but I always go for something super rich and decadent and full of chocolate. And usually Chipotle before that. But for dessert, it’s always flourless chocolate cake or brownie pudding or something that would be too rich for any other day of the year.

This year I’m in the mood for red velvet.

Because what says Valentine’s Day more than bright red baked goods?!

Also, have we ever talked about how much I love conversation hearts? I’ve been through 4 bags of them this month. FOUR! And the last bag I bought was the gross, kind of sour ones that are pretty awful! And yeah, I still ate the. entire. bag.

I am a conversation hearts addict.

Like, I’m seriously considering stocking up on them for later this year when I’ve run out of all the Cadbury eggs I plan to buy and am going through serious holiday candy withdrawals.

Red Velvet Brownies with Cream Cheese Frosting - perfect for Valentine's Day! These are so pretty and so delicious!

Back to red velvet!

I made these Red Velvet Brownies with Cream Cheese Frosting recently when I was desperate for chocolate but also wanted something with frosting. But I didn’t want chocolate cake with frosting.

Because I like to make things difficult on myself.

So these aren’t, like, your typical red velvet recipe where there’s cocoa powder and vinegar for that classic red velvet taste. These’s are made with melted chocolate for that fudge brownie texture we all know and love!

They turned out great, especially with that frosting! Make them for your Valentine, your bestie, or your office! They will definitely be a hit with everyone!

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Red Velvet Brownies

16 servings

Ingredients

1 (4 ounce) bittersweet chocolate, chopped
3/4 cup butter
2 cups sugar
4 large eggs
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 (1-ounce) bottle red liquid food coloring
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/8 teaspoon salt
For the frosting:
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
3 tablespoons butter, softened
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line bottom and sides of a 9-inch square pan with aluminum foil.
  2. Melt chocolate and butter over low heat, stirring until smooth. Transfer to a mixing bowl. Whisk in sugar. Add eggs, 1 at a time, whisking just until blended after each addition. Gently stir in flour and next 4 ingredients. Pour mixture into prepared pan.
  3. Bake at 350F for 45 to 48 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out with a few moist crumbs. Cool completely on a wire rack before frosting.
  4. To make the frosting:
  5. Beat cream cheese and butter until combined. Slowly add in powdered sugar, salt,and vanilla. Beat until blended. Frost brownies and cut into 16 bars.
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Red Velvet Brownies with Cream Cheese Frosting - perfect for Valentine's Day! These are so pretty and so delicious!

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