You know you watch too much Vampire Diaries when…
You have dreams that Klaus wants to kill you (or at least have your blood) so when you are ready to leave, you realize that your car keys are gone, you have to get help from a friend at school, who takes you to Klaus (by flying) and then your boyfriend comes and bargains with Klaus in order to keep you alive.
Seriously. I have been having THE craziest dreams lately. Maybe it’s the sugar? These brownies are super delicious but super rich. But totally worth it. The boyfriend and I have decided to indulge ourselves this Christmas before we do a 30-day sweet-free start of the year in January. Hence, these brownies. I mean, my blog has been lacking in the sweets department lately, don’t you think?
Like I said, not the most attractive brownies. Swirling them was a bad idea. And they’re supposed to be red but aren’t… I used a LOT of red food coloring, so I don’t know what happened, but hey, who needs all that dye anyway?
And just in case you love these but want more, you can make these. And I’ll definitely be making them next year, too.
Peppermint Red Velvet Cream Cheese Brownies
Slightly adapted from Doughmesstic
10 tbsp butter
3 oz semisweet chocolate, chopped
1 1/4 c sugar
2 tsp vanilla
1 tbsp red food coloring
1/4 tsp salt
2 tbsp cocoa powder
For the cream cheese layer:
8 oz cream cheese, softened
1/3 c sugar
Pinch of salt
2 tsp peppermint
1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Use parchment paper and/or grease an 9×5 (or 8×8) pan.
2. In a small saucepan, melt butter and chocolate over medium heat until smooth. Stir continuously to avoid burning. Allow to cool slightly.
3. In a separate bowl, beat eggs, vanilla, and food coloring with the sugar. Add in chocolate mixture.
4. In a small bowl, sift together cocoa powder, salt, and flour. Add to sugar mixture and combine but do not over mix.
5. Pour battre into the greased pan.
6. Mix the cream cheese ingredients together and pour over the brownie batter. I would not recommend swirling because mine was ugly, but swirl if you’d like/if you have better food coloring than I do!
7. Bake 50-60 minutes (or longer if an 8×8 pan), or until a toothpick comes out clean.