This week’s ingredient for Challenge Monday was themed “Something Red” for Valentine’s Day. I had high hopes for this recipe… I thought I could make it happen but alas….pink!
It’s not a secret that baking isn’t my thing.
This recipe is adapted from Annie’s Eats. The tulip in the background, by the way, is from a bouquet my husband brought me ♥
You will need:1/2 cup unsalted butter
¾ cup granulated sugar
1 cup all-purpose flour
½ cup cocoa
½ tsp. salt
2 large eggs
1½ cups coarsely chopped Oreo cookies
6 oz. cream cheese, at room temperature
½ cup confectioners’ sugar 3 tbsp red food coloring
1½ tsp. vanilla extract powdered sugar
Preheat oven to 350˚ F. Grease and flour a 8×8 baking pan.
In a saucepan over medium heat, combine the butter and sugar. Bring to a boil, whisking frequently. Boil for 1 minute, then remove from heat. Set aside. In a stand mixer, beat the eggs for one minute, but leave these here because you’ll be adding ingredients to them and need the mixer again.
In a medium mixing bowl, sift the flour, cocoa and salt.
In another large mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese, powdered sugar and vanilla on medium until smooth. Add the food coloring and beat a few seconds until red pink.
Add the sugar/butter mixture to the eggs and beat on low just until combined. Stir in the flour mixture gradually, then the oreos. Spread half the brownie batter in the baking pan, followed by cream cheese mixture. Dot with the remaining brownie batter and spread as best you can, then run a butter knife through it a few times to get a swirl effect on top.
Bake for about 22-24 minutes. Transfer the pan to a wire rack and let cool completely before cutting.
However, I’m impatient and I get out my big Pampered Chef pizza cutter, spray it with Pam and go to town. Then, sprinkle them with powdered sugar ’cause it’s pretty 😉
Now, go see:
I hope everyone had a great Valentine’s Day!!
♥ Love ♥