Peppermint & Cream Cheese Swirled Red Velvet Brownies

Red Velvet Brownies are swirled with cream cheese and peppermint bits!  Perfect for the holidays!

Red velvet brownies swirled with peppermints and cream cheese. www.lemonsforlulu.com

 

 

I’m in full panic mode.  I went into Thanksgiving feeling very blasé about Christmas gifts.  I had a swagger in my step because I knew I had Christmas in the bag.  Well, not literally in the bag, more like in my virtual shopping carts.  But then Black Friday came and ruined my peace of mind.

Red Velvet Brownies with peppermint bits and a cream cheese swirl. www.lemonsforlulu.com

I traveled over the Thanksgiving holiday and did absolutely no shopping.  I assumed I’d get it all done on Cyber Monday (like everyone else afraid of Black Friday).  Monday morning I gleefully hopped online and with my jumbo coffee cup in one hand and my credit card in the other I was prepared to check everything off my list!  Until I noticed that half the items that WERE sitting in my carts were gone.  As in sold.  Not to be had by me.  If by chance they were in my cart, they were no longer, oh how should I say it…CHEAP!

Red velvet cream cheese swirled brownies! www.lemonsforlulu.com

Store after store it was the same sad experience.  My holiday cheer was rapidly evaporating.  Facepalm!

Red Velvet Swirled Brownies www.lemonsforlulu.com

A good chunk of the rest of my day was spent scouring the web for the best deals possible.  I was obsessed and on a deliberate mission.  The calendar may say I have 22 days left, but I distinctly feel as though time  is slipping away from me!  It’s as if my life depends on buying everything NOW.    I will obsess and obsess until every single gift has been purchased.  It’s a shopping marathon and I see my shiny medal waiting for me at the finish!

Red Velvet Swirl Brownies www.lemonsforlulu.com

All that shopping got me hungry!  Since I was buying Christmas presents I felt holiday food was in order!   It doesn’t get more festive than red velvet!   These are not your ordinary  red velvet brownies, however.   I had to go and add some Andes Peppermint bits and a cream cheese swirl.   Why eat anything plain?  One bite of these brownies and my Christmas cheer came bounding back!

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Peppermint & Cream Cheese Swirled Red Velvet Brownies

Peppermint & Cream Cheese Swirled Red Velvet Brownies

Ingredients

  • 1 4oz bittersweet baking bar, chopped
  • ¾ cup butter
  • 2 ¼ cup sugar, divided
  • 1 bottle red food coloring 1 oz
  • 4 eggs
  • ¼ teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cups flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 4 oz package cream cheese, softened
  • 2 egg whites
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • ¼ cup Andes Peppermint Baking Bits

Instructions

  1. Prehaeat oven to 350. Line a 9 x 13 baking dish with aluminum foil and spray with non-stick spray. Set aside.
  2. Microwave chocolate and butter together in 45-second intervals until butter melts. Stir until smooth. Whisk in two cups of sugar. Add eggs one at time, mixing after each addition. Add in peppermint extract, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract and food coloring. Carefully stir in flour and salt. Pour batter into prepared baking pan.
  3. In a mixer beat cream cheese until smooth. Add sugar and beat until fluffy. Mix in egg whites and vanilla. Add in flour. Drop mixture by spoonfuls onto brownie mixture and swirl with a knife. Sprinkle brownies with peppermint bits. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out with only a few crumbs.
  4. Let brownies sit in pan on a cooling rack for 1 hour. Lift brownies from pan using foil. Gently remove foil before cutting brownies into squares.
  5. Recipe adapted from Southern Living
http://www.lemonsforlulu.com/2013/12/03/peppermint-cream-cheese-swirled-red-velvet-brownies/

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17 Responses

    • Me too! I bought way to many bags this year!

    • I may have eaten half by myself! Thanks Stephanie!

  1. Oh, my goodness, these look so wonderful! I’m smitten!

  2. I’ve entered panic mode too, Tanya!! I can’t stand Black Friday, and didn’t have Cyber Monday in me! I seriously can’t believe I have 3 weeks left. And a 2 year old shopping companion – aggghhhhh!!!! Time to make some of these DELICIOUS brownies I guess…. :)

    • I feel better, but still a bit nervous about getting the rest of my gift. Christmas is sneaking up on me this year!

  3. These look so good Tanya! Keep up the baking!

  4. I had SO Much luck on Cyber Monday this year and had high hopes this year. Epic fail. I should have tried harder on black Friday sale online! Live and learn. Or just go bury my head in a pan of these bars. Yup that sounds better!

  5. I’m officially in heaven! I think I’ve been gone from your blog for WAY too long Tanya! I’m loving everything! Pinned and adding to my Peppermint roundup for next week :)

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