Valentine’s Day Red Velvet Brownie Bites with White Chocolate Chip Buttercream
Valentine’s Day can be a complicated little bugger, can’t it?
Ask any guy, and chances are good the mere thought of Valentine’s Day somehow warrants a defensive front of epic proportions akin only to that of a man staring down the barrel of a gun ready to strip him of his manhood. All of a sudden a cute, simple, holiday becomes a bank-breaker, a platform for anti-Hallmark rants, candy and Tiffany’s protests, and a potential one-way ticket to the couch for the night.
Now, ask any girl, and chances are good Valentine’s Day probably ranks 1st, followed only by New Year’s Eve (that’s a different story), in terms of expectations for romantic gestures from the fella in their life. We want flowers, flowers are good. Candy is doable. Jewelry will get you everywhere, guys. Lingerie is a sensitive subject. We want seductive and lovey, but not tacky. There’s a fine line…a verrrrrrry fine line between a blissful day and a day spent pasting a guy’s face on a dart board. Just saying.
And what do girls get their guys on this particular hive-inducing, red alert prompting holiday that won’t be seen as girly or cutesy or a passive aggressive stab to his ego?
So what’s a guy to do? What’s a girl to do? Can’t we all just love and be cute and wrap things in pretty bows and pink paper and be thankful for one another and cuddle up and watch movies or stare at each other and go back and forth all night about who’s prettier, and then eat these brownies?
Sigh. I sure hope so!
Red Velvet Brownie Bites
Adapted from How Sweet It Is red velvet brownies
* 1 ¼ cups all purpose flour
* ¼ tsp salt
* ½ cup butter, room temperature (or non-dairy Earth Balance)
* 1 ½ cups sugar
* 4 Tbsp cocoa powder
* 1 ½ Tbsp red food coloring
* 2 tsp vanilla extract
* 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (or non-dairy chocolate chips like Enjoy Life)
Preheat oven to 350*F. Line or grease standard muffin tins or heart-shaped muffin molds.
Combine cocoa powder, food coloring, and 2 tsp vanilla extract to create a gravely mixture.
In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together butter or non-dairy spread and sugar until fluffy. Add in eggs one at a time, mixing between additions.
Add cocoa powder mixture slowly to the butter and sugar and mix until combined.
Sift the flour and salt in a separate bowl. Add slowly and mix until just combined. Don’t over mix! Stir in the chocolate chips by hand.
Evenly distribute into prepared muffin tins or heart-shaped muffin molds until each well is about full.
Bake about 22-25 minutes depending on your oven. Don’t overbake!
White Chocolate Chip Buttercream Frosting
* ½ cup (1 stick) butter or non-dairy Earth Balance
* 2 ½ cups confectioner’s sugar
* 2 tsp vanilla extract
* Dash of salt, to taste
* ½ cup white chocolate chips, melted (I used Ghirardelli) – omit if you’d like dairy-free, or use non-dairy chocolate chips!
* 1 ½ tbsp milk, or non-dairy milk like soy or rice
Cream butter or non-dairy spread in the bowl of a stand mixer. Add in one cup of confectioner’s sugar and mix. Add the vanilla extract and dash of salt, mixing to combine.
Melt the white chocolate chips or non-dairy chips in a microwave safe bowl. Set aside to cool slightly before adding.
Add another cup of the confectioner’s sugar, and then the milk. Beat. Add the remaining ½ cup of confectioner’s sugar and mix well. Add in the melted chocolate.
Add a splash more milk if frosting is too thick, and a bit more confectioner’s sugar if it’s too thin. Beat until fluffy.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
A note, a hug, a kiss, a call, a text? Scratch that last one. A brownie! Now that’s more like it….share the love!
PS: No, YOU’Reeee prettier….