Just in time for Valentine’s Day, I bring you red velvet cheesecake swirl brownies from Sally’s Baking Addiction! Most people know that red velvet is delicious, but a lot of people don’t know what red velvet actually is. Red velvet is a mixture of chocolate and vanilla flavors – it includes both vanilla extract and cocoa powder, but the amount of cocoa powder is significantly less than you would use for chocolate cake/brownies. Traditionally, red velvet cake is topped with a cream cheese frosting. This recipe puts an awesome twist on that by incorporating the cream cheese in the form of a cheesecake swirl. These brownies are the perfect Valentine’s Day treat because they look so beautiful with the vibrant red and white(-ish yellow) swirls, and they’re also different from your average cookie or brownie.
Sometimes, I like to branch out and do something wild and crazy like bake something that doesn’t involve chocolate (Full disclosure: In case you haven’t noticed, I’m a chocolate fiend. If I only baked for myself, it would be all chocolate all the time). Fortunately for my family and friends (and my health), I like to bake for the common good and a few weeks ago that resulted in these admittedly delicious Funfetti Sugar Cookie Bars by Lauren’s Latest. They basically consist of sugar, topped with sugar, and decorated with rainbow sugar.
I’ve been really partial to Jay-Z on this blog so far, but I’m kind of okay with that. Just like I’m kind of okay with the obscene amount of this amazing dessert that I’ve eaten in the past week.
Do you like chocolate? Do you like caramel? If you answered yes to both of these questions, I’ve got a dessert for you. If you answered no to both of these questions, we can’t be friends (kidding, but not). Introducing…. Twix brownie bars! I made these last weekend for my brother’s birthday because Twix is his favorite candy, and they did not disappoint. These brownie bars are REALLY, REALLY GOOD and I know because I ate about half of them myself. Instead of using actual Twix bars to make them, you recreate the layers yourself with this semi-from-scratch recipe.