Every year my boys end up having Valentines parties in their classrooms, and I always volunteer to send in some treats. Cupcakes are all the rage right now, but I do get tired of decorating them, and I wanted to come up with a suitable (but more speedy) alternative.
The red velvet brownies I made were tested by my 3 boys, and were 100% approved for use at classroom parties. The recipe comes together nicely using a boxed cake mix, but is still just as festive and fun as cupcakes.
1 box red velvet cake mix
3/4 cup melted butter
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup butter, softened
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
Mix red velvet cake mix, melted butter, water and egg. Pour into 13 x 9 inch pan and bake at 325* for 45 minutes. Allow to cool completely before frosting.
Cream butter and cream cheese. Gradually add sugar; beat until light and fluffy. Stir in vanilla.
Readers, what kind of treats do you like for Valentines Day?
Mmmmm! Your boys are lucky to be the designated food testers in your home. :-)
I found some strawberry and chocolate Dove hearts that were really good. When I was a kid, I liked the little red cinnamon hearts.
Wow, this is awesome! What a great idea!! I am struggling with whether to make it or not because of my diet. I may just make it and only eat one!
They look so good and bet they taste that good too.
These are so pretty and festive. I'm not a 'sweet' person....but there is something special about red velvet cake!
These look great - that's brilliant that red velvet brownies are available in a box mix.
I think you can't beat chocolate cake for valentines!
Thanks Lisa... My hubby loves Red Velvet cake ---so I will try this... Wonder if they'll do as a muffin?? I may try it.
My cream cheese icing recipe is exactly like yours... I used it with Pumpkin Muffins during Christmas.... Delicious....
Yes, you're right the brownies is so festive and fun too. I would love to try it.
My daughter said she wants those with hot chocolate! I'm thinking of making brownies as a family instead of buying the kids candy. These look like something they could help with!
The boys will have a good Valentines with those!
These sound so good! I love red velvet anything!
Oh my goodness, these look delicious! Valentine's treats always have to include Pimm's Jaffa cakes in this house. =)
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YUM I really like this
If I had a big plate of those, I'd make a pot of coffee and sit here by the fire, and eat them all. Snowing here, so that would be a good pass time.
Those look yummy! Thank you for the recipe.
You're such a good Mom! That looks absolutely divine!
Simply damn delicious!!!
This year, I happened, by chance, to have found a small heart-shaped box of chocolates with a pic of a Corgi pup on the box. I bought that to share with Liv.
Usually, chocolate-dipped strawberries are my fave.
Don't know how I missed this, Lisa. Those look really good! That's basically the recipe I use for frosting without the cream cheese. I'll have to try that next time. It's true that cupcakes seen to be so very popular all over the place these days, and fancy cookies & cakes.
Hope you've enjoyed the weekend. :)
Glad the boys approved! I have to avoid sweets so I settle for a card.
These ARE perfect for Valentines Day! Thanks for sharing! <3 - www.domesticgeekgirl.com
Lisa: You made me laugh out loud when you wrote that this recipe was "tested by the boys"! Reminded me of being their age and getting to lick the beaters from my sister's cake frosting bowl! :)
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