I am getting so excited for Valentine’s Day! How about you? Valentine’s Day was always one of my favorite holidays as a kid. I just love the pretty colors. I mean, how can you go wrong with red, white, pink, and purple?!?
And then, of course, there is all the yummy candy. Valentine’s Day is truly a chocolate lover’s dream right? My dad always bought my mom a big heart of Fannie May chocolates and my siblings and I knew that my mom would open up the box and offer us our pick!
And then there was the excitement of choosing which box of Valentine’s cards you would get to fill out for your friends at school. I loved the sparkly cards the best and always saved those for my best friends. Then we would all decorate a kleenex box to hold our treasured cards in at school.
I couldn’t wait to open all my pretty cards. I would take them home and look at them over and over again. Valentine’s Day just makes me nostalgic. So I love celebrating with my own kids.
We have been baking up a lot of yummy treats together lately. And this Red Velvet Valentine’s Brookie Cake is one of my favorites. I made it in a pretty Wilton heart shaped pan that I found at Target. You could, of course, make this in a regular square pan but the heart shape just makes it all the more perfect for the holiday don’t you think?
Red Velvet is one of my favorite flavors and since Valentine’s Day just lends itself so well for it, I just can’t seem to get enough Red Velvet lately!
This Brookie cake is so easy to make! I started with a box of Duncan Hine’s Red Velvet brownie mix for the base, topped it with a cookie layer, and then garnished it with pretty M+M’s and cream cheese glaze. The flavors turned out perfect and the look is just pure Valentine’s!
I hope that this year, Valentine’s Day brings up some wonderful childhood memories like it did for me. And I hope you have time to make this amazing Red Velvet Valentine’s Brookie Cake! Enjoy. 🙂
- 1 box of Duncan Hine's Red Velvet Brownies ( I found it at Target)
- 1 egg
- 1/3 c. water
- 1/3 c. oil
- 1 1/4 c. all purpose flour
- 1/4 t. baking soda
- 1/4 t. salt
- 1/2 c. unsalted butter, softened
- 1/4 c. plus 1 TBLS brown sugar
- 1/4 c. plus 1 TBLS granulated sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 t. vanilla extract
- 1/2 c. mini -chocolate chips
- 1/2 c. Valentine's M+M's
- glaze from the red velvet brownie mix
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees and spray a heart shaped pan or an 8x8 or 9x9 pan with baking spray. (If you use a 9x13 pan preheat the oven to 350 degrees)
- First make the brownies by mixing the first 4 ingredients in a large bowl with a wooden spoon till well blended. Pour the batter in the prepared pan. Put the cream cheese glaze from the brownie box aside.
- In a small bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter and two types of sugars, add the egg and vanilla and mix well. Add the flour mixture in two additions and mix well, scraping down the bowl as needed.
- Stir in the mini chocolate chips by hand.
- Using your hands, take out a handful of dough and flatten it on top of the brownie mixture, allowing the red edges of the brownie mixture to show.
- (With the heart shaped pan, or a square pan, I did not quite use all the cookie dough on top. If using a 9x13 pan, use all the dough. If you find you have extra dough, you can drop it by the Tablespoonful on a flat sheet and bake it in the oven for 10-11 minutes to make some cookies.)
- Press the M+M's onto the top of the cake.
- For a heart shaped pan or square pan, Bake in the oven for 50-55 minutes at 325 degrees or until the cake no longer jiggles in the middle and a toothpick comes out clean.
- For a 9x13 pan, bake the cake for 30-35 minutes at 350 degrees or until it is no longer jiggly and a toothpick comes out clean.
- (If using a heart or square shaped pan, the brookie will turn out thick and more cake-like. If using a 9x13 pan, it will be thinner and more brownie-like.)
- Remove from the oven and place on a cooking rack. Once fully cooled, drizzle the reserved cream cheese packet over the top and serve.
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