But first, hope you guys had a great weekend. This weekend was extremely hot in the Greater New York City region, so I basically slept, ate, slept some more, and watched movies with my hubby.
One of them was "Just Go With It" - Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler, it was good, but definitely an On Demand kinda movie.
Sunday when the temperatures slightly cooled down, my husband and I headed over to my sister's to visit my nieces (SSS) with some Red Velvet Brownies.
I've been wanting to bake Red Velvet Brownies for the longest time and couldn't decide between a few recipes I found, eventually I just baked Sunny Anderson's Red Velvet Swirl Brownies. Review all the way down!
At my sister's we enjoyed a Mexican Fiesta for lunch.
She really is such an amazing cook - look at all the food she prepared.
Once the sun began to set we headed for a walk. It's crazy that for the longest time I had no idea there was a river running near my sister's home. It was humid, yet a soothing walk.
After a long walk we enjoyed some Haagen-Daaz' Chocolate Peanut Butter Ice Cream... we all just took a couple bites from this teeny serving. It was good, but not amazing.
Thanks to my sister and nieces for making our visit so enjoyable. And now here are those Red Velvet Swirl Cheesecake Brownies.
NUTRITION: Cocoa Powder is an excellent source of antioxidants. Other than that, there is barely any nutrition in these brownies.
MODIFICATIONS I MADE:
- Instead of using 1 teaspoon of vinegar, I used ½ a tsp. I was hoping for a more fudgy texture hence why I opted to use less vinegar.
APPROXIMATE NUTRITION PER SERVING (yields 16 squares)
- Calories: 192 cals
- Fat: 11.3 g
- Saturated Fat: 6.9 g
- Carbs: 21 g
- Protein: 2.9 g
- Fiber: 0.25 g
RED VELVET SWIRL BROWNIES (adapted from Sunny Anderson)
~ yields 16 squares @ 350 degrees using a 8" x 8" baking tray
~ fat and calories were not reduced in this recipe.
- Unsalted Butter – 8 tablespoon (1 stick) – melted
- Sugar – 1 cup
- Vanilla Extract – 1 tsp
- Ghirardelli Unsweetened Cocoa Powder – ¼ cup
- Pinch of salt
- Red Food Coloring – 1 tbsp
- Vinegar – ½ teaspoon (original recipe is 1 tsp)
- Eggs – 2
- All Purpose Flour – ¾ cup
Cream Cheese Layer:
- Cream Cheese – 8 ounces (softened)
- Sugar – ¼ cup
- Egg – 1
- Vanilla Extract – ⅛ tsp
DIRECTIONS for Brownie Layer:
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease a baking tray.
2. Melt a stick of butter.
3. Once melted, add it to a mixing bowl.
4. Add sugar and vanilla extract. Blend until combined.
5. Add cocoa powder, pinch of salt, red food coloring, and vinegar.
6. Blend until well combined.
7. Add the blended eggs and combine until well incorporated.
8. Add the white flour.
9. Gently fold flour into batter.
10. Pour ¾ of the batter into the prepared pan and reserve a ¼ batter for later.
DIRECTIONS for Cream Cheese Layer:
11. In a separate bowl combine the cream cheese, 1 egg, sugar, and vanilla extract.
12. Blend until smooth and creamy.
13. Add the cream cheese layer over the brownie mixture.
15. Add the remaining red velvet batter.
17. Into the oven for 30 minutes exactly – DO NOT OVERBAKE.
18. This is what you should have.
19. Cut into 16 squares. Refrigerate before serving - it tastes much better if you do.
OVERALL RATING: 4 / 5
My sister LOVED these brownies and rated them 5/5. She loved the texture and felt it had just the right amount of sweetness. I, on the other hand, thought the brownies were more cakelike and not fudgy enough, in addition, I felt these brownies required more sugar, perhaps another ¼ cup in the batter. There was just the right amount of cocoa powder so they definitely tasted like Red Velvet, however I'll have to check out other versions of Red Velvet Brownies, I’m just not convinced this is it. Or possibly even come up with my own version, and hopefully reduced fat.
TELL ME: Have you tried Red Velvet Brownies? What’s your favorite recipe?