Cakes

Red Velvet Brownie Cake

This is a combination of a brownie layer, red velvet layer, and my favorite fudgy frosting. Probably best served with a giant scoop of vanilla ice cream!

Red Velvet Brownie Cake

Brownie Layer:
1/2 cup butter, very soft
1 cup sugar
3 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup flour
6 Tbl unsweetened cocoa
1/4 tsp salt

Preheat oven to 350°. In bowl mixing by hand, cream butter and sugar. Add eggs and vanilla, mix well. Add flour, cocoa, and salt; mix just until combined. Spread in sprayed 13″x9″ baking pan.

Red Velvet Layer:
3 Tbl butter, very soft
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 Tbl unsweetened cocoa
1 Tbl red food color
1/2 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla
1¾ cup flour
1/4 tsp salt
2 tsp vinegar
1 tsp baking soda

In bowl with electric mixer, cream butter and sugar. Add eggs and mix well. In small bowl, make a paste with the cocoa and red food color; mix into creamed mixture. Add flour, salt, milk, and vanilla; mix well. In small bowl, add baking soda to vinegar; add to batter and mix well. Spoon red velvet batter over brownie batter in baking pan, gently spread evenly to completely cover. Bake 30-35 minutes until center is done. Cool completely.

Fudge Frosting:
6 Tbl butter
6 Tbl milk
1½ cup sugar
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 tsp vanilla

In saucepan over medium heat, combine butter, milk, and sugar. Bring to boil. Boil for 30 seconds and remove from heat. Stir in chocolate chips and vanilla; stir until chocolate chips are melted and frosting is smooth. Spread evenly over cake, a thick layer. Frosting will set up nicely in a wonderful fudge layer!

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Brownies & Bars

Strawberry & Golden Oreo Blondies

Something sweet for Valentine’s Day or any day!

Strawberry & Golden Oreo Blondies

Strawberry & Golden Oreo Blondies:
1 cup butter, melted
1 cup sugar
1 cup Nestle Strawberry Nesquik
3 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
2-4 drops red food color (optional)
2¼ cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
1 cup white baking chips
1 (14.3 oz) pkg Golden Oreos

Preheat oven to 350°. Spray 13″x9″ baking pan with non-stick spray. In large bowl, stirring by hand, mix melted butter, sugar, Strawberry Nesquik, vanilla, and red food color. Mix in eggs one at a time. Add flour, baking powder, and salt; mix thoroughly. Stir in white chips. Spread half the batter (about 2 cups) in prepared pan. Place Goldens Oreos in one layer over batter (I used 28). Drop remaining batter by spoonfuls over the top of the layer of Oreos and gently spread to cover all the Oreos. Bake 25-30 minutes, until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely before frosting.

Vanilla Buttercream Frosting:
1/2 cup butter, room temp
2 cups powdered sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
2-3 Tbl milk

Whip butter with electric mixer until light in color. Add powdered sugar, vanilla, and 2 Tbl milk. Whip. Add more milk if needed for desired frosting consistency. Spread over completely cool blondies.

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Candy, Dessert, Snacks

Peanut Butter M&M Candied Popcorn

Perfect for a Valentine’s Day treat for the people you love! Inspired by a recipe at crazyforcrust.com.

Peanut Butter M&M Candied Popcorn

Peanut Butter M&M Candied Popcorn 1

10 cups popped popcorn*
1½ cups M&Ms
1½ cups honey roasted peanuts
1 pkg (12 oz) white melting wafers*
1/4 cup creamy peanut butter

Line large baking sheet with Silpat, parchment, or wax paper. Place popcorn in large bowl, add peanuts and M&Ms; toss. Melt white wafers and peanut butter together in microwave safe bowl on high for 1½-2 minutes, stir every 30 seconds. When the wafers are barely melted and mixture is stirred together smooth, pour over popcorn mixture. Stir gently to cover all the mixture. Turn popcorn mixture out onto prepared baking sheet. Spread evenly and let harden. Break into pieces and place in bags or sealed container. *I used already popped kettle corn from a large bag I purchased at Costco, makes the recipe super fast! Of course freshly popped will work wonderfully. For the candy melts I used Ghirardelli White Melting Wafers.

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Muffins

Red Velvet Chocolate Chip Muffins

On Valentine’s Day when my kids were growing up, I liked to make a special breakfast for them before sending them off to school. Here is a quick and easy little something you can add to your Valentine morning menu or maybe an after school Valentine’s Day snack! XOXO

Red Velvet Chocolate Chip Muffins

1½ cups flour
2 Tbl unsweetened cocoa
1/2 cup sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/3 cup mini chocolate chips
2/3 cup milk
1 egg
2 Tbl oil
1/4 tsp vanilla
1 tsp red food coloring

Preheat oven to 400°. Prepare 6 muffin cups, spray or papers (use Demarle, no spray or papers needed).

In large bowl, stir together flour, cocoa, sugar, baking powder, salt, and mini chocolate chips. In another bowl, whisk together milk, egg, oil, vanilla, and red coloring. Pour milk mixture over dry ingredients and stir by hand just until combined.

Scoop batter into muffin cups. Bake 18-22 minutes, or until centers are set. Cool in pan 10 minutes, remove from pan and cool on cooling rack.

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