Valentine's Day Brownies + GIVEAWAY

Valentine's Day Brownies + GIVEAWAY

It's almost Valentine's Day! If you're like me, you care less about the romantic part and more about the "Gal"-entines in your life and baking something sweet! Don't get me wrong, I enjoy a lovely, romantic evening with my guy, but a forced one, eh. 

So here's recipe for Red Velvet Brownies and a FUN giveaway at the bottom of the post! 

(If you want to make it for an 8x8 pan, just half the recipe)

Red Velvet Brownie Mix
  • 6 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder 
  • 2 oz red food coloring 
  • 4 tsp pure vanilla extract, divided 
  • 1 cup (16 tbsp) unsalted butter, at room temperature 
  • 3 cups granulated sugar 
  • 4 large eggs, at room temperature 
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. 
  2. In a bowl, mix the cocoa powder, red food coloring, and 2 tsp vanilla until it's a smooth paste. 
  3. Beat butter and sugar in a stand mixer until fluffy. 
  4. Next, add one egg at a time until the mixture is completely mixed. 
  5. Stir in 2 tsp of vanilla. 
  6. Add the cocoa powder, red food coloring, and 2 tsp vanilla mixture to the butter and sugar in the stand mixer. 
  7. Once mixed, add the flour and sugar in small batches. 
  8. Begin to mix until combined, but make sure not to over mix. 
  9. Pour the mixture into an 18"x12" sheet cake pan that has been previously sprayed with baking spray. 
  10. Bake for 18-22 minutes.
Whipped Frosting 
  • 5 Tablespoons Flour
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 1 cup Butter
  • 1 cup Granulated Sugar (not Powdered Sugar!)

In a small saucepan, whisk flour into milk and heat, stirring constantly, until it thickens. You want it to be very thick, thicker than cake mix, more like a brownie mix is. Remove from heat and let it cool to room temperature. (If I'm in a hurry, I place the saucepan over ice in the sink for about 10 minutes or so until the mixture cools.) It must be completely cool before you use it in the next step. Stir in vanilla.

While the mixture is cooling, cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. You don't want any sugar graininess left. Then add the completely cooled milk/flour/vanilla mixture and beat the living daylights out of it. If it looks separated, you haven't beaten it enough! Beat it until it all combines and resembles whipped cream.

Once you have the whipped frosting, add it to the top of your red velvet brownies and cut into pieces. 


Because I LOVE you all - I wanted to giveaway all of the things I LOVE the most. 

- Some products from Philosophy's Fresh Cream line 
- A pair of fuzzy socks 
- A heart box filled with Kit-Kats 

Now, this giveaway is sponsored by ME. So that's why it's a bit random, but still a fun giveaway! However, I am a #BeautyBeliever ambassador for Philosophy. I love them enough to give away their products because I want everyone else to love them as much as I do!

Entering is easy. 
1) Leave a comment about what you love most about Valentine's Day 
2) Subscribe to my blog via email (see the right sidebar on how to subscribe) 
3) Visit my profile on Philosophy's #BeautyBeliever tab on Facebook. 

OR, do all three! 

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  1. I love all the chocolate during Valentine's Day!

  2. I love all the excitement that my kids have making Valentines for their friends and family!

  3. Damn, now I wish I had access to an oven... :(

  4. These look super delicious!! Now i'm in the mood to do some serious baking!

  5. Oh those look so yummy! I need to makes these.

  6. This is such an adorable giveaway-my favorite thing about Valentine's Day is the excuse to eat all the sweet treats, like these brownies!

    xoxo, SS

    Southern And Style

  7. Honestly I don't really love Valentine's Day, probably since I've very rarely spent it with someone special, so for me it's Single's Awareness Day and I'd rather not celebrate it.

  8. I love spending time with my family and enjoying their company on Valentine's day. It's also a chance to for me to flex my cooking muscles to make us something special.

  9. I don't know why I never thought about making red velvet brownies but omg they look amazing! Definitely gonna try this for Valentine's Day!

  10. It is a good excuse to pawn the kids off to their grandma so we can have a date night.

  11. My husband would love these brownies! Thanks for sharing this recipe!
    Katie |

  12. Oooh loooove red velvet and LOVE brownies! Great giveaway also.

    Alix |

  13. yay for giveaways! I entered :-) I need to plan a giveaway soon haha

  14. Yay for Valentine's treats and a fun giveaway!!

    xoxo A

  15. I love V-day because it's a great excuse to bake, of course!

  16. I love the LOVE on Valentine's Day! We spend the day with the kids. They get some small gifts. We bake some goodies before having dinner. Then I spend the rest of the night cuddling and watching movies with my love!

  17. I've always loved everything about Valentine's Day - cards, flowers, candy, hearts, love.

  18. ooooh baby, these red velvet bars look amazing! such a good idea, definitely bookmarking this recipe! x

  19. Red Velvet is my favorite ever! These look amazing, definitely need to make these!

    xx, Jamie

  20. Yes Red Velvet is everything! These look so good!

  21. those brownies look absolutely delicious! I may need to bake them soon!


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