I love baking for the holidays. I usually choose 5 or 6 recipes for each one then narrow it down to 3 or 4 that I actually end up making. Normally I start baking about a month ahead of time and make one recipe each week until the actual holiday.
This year has been a little different since we have a toddler in the house. I've been choosing 2 or 3 recipes and making them all on the same day. It's easier for me to get all of the ingredients together while J is napping and then I start baking once he wakes up. He enjoys baking with me while in the infant carrier or he plays with his refrigerator magnets while I bake.
I've been thinking a lot about what to make for Valentine's Day this year. I knew my husband and I wouldn't be going out like we normally do so I wanted to make a special dessert for the two of us.
The recipes I chose for Valentine's Day were a brownie recipe, a cake recipe, and a cookie recipe. The first one I made was Red Velvet Brownies. I am pretty famous for my homemade brownies and I thought that these sounded particularly tasty. It's basically a light chocolate brownie topped with melted chocolate all swirled together.
These brownies look so pretty with a fun swirl on the top. They have a full chocolate flavor that almost melts in your mouth. Any Valentine would love to receive a batch of these for Valentine's Day!
- 1 stick butter, melted
- 1 egg
- 1 c. brown sugar
- 1 T. vanilla
- ¼ c. cocoa powder
- Red food coloring
- ¾ c. flour
- ½ c. chocolate chips
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line an 8 x 8 baking pan with foil and set aside.
- In a large bowl combine the butter, egg, brown sugar, and vanilla. Mix well.
- Stir in the cocoa powder.
- Add in enough red food coloring to turn the batter red.
- Stir in the flour.
- Pour the batter into the prepared pan.
- Melt the chocolate chips in the microwave in 30 second increments, stirring after each heating.
- Drizzle the melted chocolate over top of the red velvet batter in 4 straight lines. Use a butter knife and swirl the batter and chocolate together.
- Bake for 28-30 minutes. Remove from oven and cool completely.
Valentine's Day Recipes
- Double Chocolate Caramel Cookies by The Freshman Cook
- Fennel, Pomegranate, and Arugula Salad by Karen's Kitchen Stories
- Pebernødder by Culinary Adventures with Camilla
- Red Velvet Brownies by Hezzi-D's Books and Cooks
- Shrimp with Champagne Butter Sauce by Our Good Life
- Smoked Gouda Fondue by A Kitchen Hoor's Adventures
- Splenda Chocolate Cupcakes by Palatable Pastime
- Stuffed Country Chicken Breasts by Cindy's Recipes and Writings
- Sweet & Salty Valentine's Day Popcorn mix by Books n' Cooks
- Valentine Cookie Pops by Family Around the Table