Thursday, February 9, 2012

Red Velvet Brownie Bites

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I cannot tell a lie.

These were not intended to be Red Velvet Brownie Bites.

They were supposed to be regular brownies. Well, not really regular. They were supposed to be Red Velvet Swirl Brownies. Except, as I often do, I went and ruined it with my silliness. For some reason, I looked at the amount of brownie batter in my bowl and decided that 8oz of cream cheese would be too much for that much brownie batter and so I halved the cheesecake layer. Talk about silly!

And then I went and mis-read the pan size (I was reading too many recipes at the same time!) and ended up with really thin, flat brownies. So, I went with the flow, cut them into bite-size squares (well, they were 2 bites sized), and we enjoyed them! Easy to make, super-moist, and really delicious, this crowd-pleaser is a hit!
While the red velvet layer tasted nice, it was the cream cheese layer that was really yummy! Overall, it was like a brownie+cheesecake combination and it really worked! The recipe below has the correct proportions, and not the ones I used. If you want to intentionally make my mistake, or if you don't have enough cream cheese lying around, go ahead and halve the ingredients for the cream cheese layer. But I'd rather you didn't.

Red Velvet Swirl Brownies
Adapted from Food Network
Brownie Batter
1/2 cup salted butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup cocoa powder
2 tsp red food coloring
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
2 eggs
3/4 cup flour

Cream Cheese Batter
8oz cream cheese
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1/8 tsp vanilla

1. Preheat your oven to 200.
2. In a large saucepan, melt the butter on low heat, being careful not to burn the butter. (Unless you want burnt butter brownies. Hmmmm... something to think about...)
3. Stir in the sugar, vanilla, cocoa powder and vinegar, stirring well after each addition.
4. Whisk the eggs in a small bowl and add to the butter mixture.
5. Add the flour, and stir lightly till combined.
6. Pour the batter into a greased and floured 8x8 baking tin.
7. In a medium bowl, whisk cream cheese, sugar, egg and vanilla until smooth and light.
8. Drop teaspoons full of the cream cheese mixture over the top of the brownie batter.
9. Using the tip of knife or a skewer, swirl the cream cheese mixture over the top of the brownie batter until you are satisfied with the swirl pattern.
10. Bake for 25-30 minutes.
Allow it to cool completely before slicing. The taste of the red velvet brownie layer and the cream cheese layer together is absolutely divine. The original recipe can be found here.
I am so happy that we're on our Red Velvet adventure! Did you see yesterday's post? A Valentine's Day breakfast idea! Red Velvet White Chocolate Chip Pancakes! I look forward to sharing all the other recipes with you. 2 down, 3 to go! :) See you tomorrow!

Oh, and if you haven't already, you must see what Jill Colonna made for my birthday! Go check out my birthday post!
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The Café Sucré Farine said...

Wow, I'm just going to call you the Red Velvet Girl! These are amazing looking - it's making my mouth water just looking at them! Can I come to your house for dessert!?

Galexicupcakes said...

Who cares? They do look absolutely delicious! I've never eaten red velvet brownies. These look like a must-have!! xoxo

Mary Bergfeld said...

These look delicious even if they weren't what you wanted or expected them to be. They'd disappear quickly in my house. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

Jana Herrera said...

Este postre es delicioso, me encanta.
Un besito ^^

Marysol said...

Well, whenever I mess something up, the results are usually inedible.  In any case, I appreciate your 'mistake,'   especially when  accompanied by delicious photos!

Kristen said...

You know, "mini" is in, so these little bites are perfect.  They certainly look wonderful.

Roxana Greengirl said...

i was just telling my husband the other day i haven't made cheesecake brownies in ages.
these red velvet one sound so good. i do love the cheesecake layer in mine too :) 

ping kay said...

The best cooks are those who can turn a mistake into a masterpiece ..... like this! Really gorgeous colors!

elisabeth@foodandthrift said...

 Love the Red Velvet Brownie Bites, as well as the whoopi pies! Gorgeous:DDD

Kim Bee said...

Okay I love you but I may have to stop reading. You are just adding to my obsession with baking and sweets. I blame you entirely for my waistline. Okay not really, bring on more red velvet. Yum!

theharriedcook said...

Wow! I would gladly accept the title! That's how much I adore Red Velvet! :) When can you come over? :) Thanks for stopping by!

theharriedcook said...

Thank you, Jackie! You're sweet :)

theharriedcook said...

Thanks, Mary! Yeah these disappeared pretty fast :) Have a wonderful day and thanks for stopping by!

theharriedcook said...

Thank you, Jana! :) Thanks for stopping by!

theharriedcook said...

Well, Marysol, that is often the case with me as well. You should have seen some cookies I made a few weeks ago! :) This time, I got away with messing up :) Thanks for stopping by!

theharriedcook said...

You know exactly what to say! Of course, 'mini' is in! :) Thanks for your sweet comments :)

theharriedcook said...

You must share your recipe, Roxana! And I promise I won't mess it up like this one :) Thanks for stopping by!

theharriedcook said...

I'm not sure this is a masterpiece, but it was pretty tasty! :) Thanks for all your support, Ping!

theharriedcook said...

Thank you, Elisabeth! :) 

theharriedcook said...

Hahaha :D Yes ma'am! More red velvet coming up! :) Thanks for stopping by, Kim! You always make me smile :)

Magic of Spice said...

I don't know about any silliness here...they look awfully tempting :)

theharriedcook said...

Thank you, Nancy! I am so glad you think so :) Thanks for stopping by!

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