Valentine’s Day is the perfect day to show someone how much you care. Whether you want to say “xoxo” to family or “be mine” to a new Valentine, red velvet is the flavor that says it best.
“Amid a sea of pink holiday confections, red velvet stands alone with its vibrant hue and rich taste. It has a unique flavor that is not quite vanilla and not quite chocolate,” said Mary Beth Harrington of the McCormick Kitchens. “Red velvet is also surprisingly versatile, inspiring a range of creative presentations, from creamy hot chocolate to decadent breakfast pancakes to cream-filled cupcakes. Simply said, people love it.”
These Red Velvet Brownies are a perfect project for the whole family. You can easily vary the number of drops of red food color to make icing in every shade, from puppy-love pink to ravishing rose. Add the final sweet touch with edible words of love. For a simplified version, glaze the brownie hearts and decorate with red and pink sprinkles.
Source: Family Features
- 1 package (family-size) fudge brownie mix
- ½ cup sour cream
- 2 eggs
- 1 bottle (1 ounce) McCormick Red Food Color
- 8 cups confectioners’ sugar (2 pounds)
- ½ cup water
- 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
- 2 teaspoons McCormick Pure Vanilla Extract
- McCormick Assorted Food Colors & Egg Dye
- Decorating gel or 1 ounce white baking chocolate
- Prepare brownie mix as directed on package with sour cream, eggs and red food color.
- Spoon batter in greased 13 x 9-inch baking pan.
- Bake and cool and directed on package.
- Cut out cooled brownie with heart-shaped cookie cutters. Place brownies on wire rack set over baking sheet.
- For the icing, mix confectioners’ sugar, water and corn syrup in medium saucepan.
- Cook on medium-low heat until sugar is melted, stirring occasionally.
- Stir in vanilla.
- Tint with desired food color.
- Spoon or pour icing over top and sides of brownies. (If icing becomes too stiff, gently reheat to pouring consistency.)
- Let stand until icing is set.
- Use decorating gel to write on brownies. Or melt white chocolate as directed on package.
- Pour into small resealable plastic bag.
- Snip off a tiny piece of the corner.
- Squeeze chocolate through hole in plastic bag to write on brownies.