Red Velvet Oreo Brownies

Last week someone posted a link to 30 Red Velvet recipes on Facebook.   With my love of all things red velvet I knew I’d love to stuff my face with all of it…..and eventually I will.    Another snow day = more baking.  The girls and I headed out in the state of emergency (due to an ice storm) to get the stuff we needed.  Probably not the smartest thing, but I only had to drive a minute to the nearest food store.    I couldn’t decide which recipe I wanted to make, but finally settled on these brownies to start.  I also got stuff to make a few other recipes too…just in case we had another snow day the following day (thankfully, we didn’t) because it’s been the norm in Jersey this winter.

The girls and I got right to work……because there are a few different layers in this recipe and it seemed a bit time consuming.   This recipe has a red velvet brownie layer, an Oreo frosting layer, a chocolate gnache layer all topped with more crumbled Oreos!   DELICIOUS!  Not exactly a recipe you’d eat when you’re watching your calories…but everything in moderation, right?

Red Velvet Oreo Brownies
 
RED VELVET BROWNIES
2 large eggs
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1 cup sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 Tablespoon liquid or gel red food coloring
3/4 teaspoon white vinegar
3/4 cup  flour
 
COOKIES ‘N CREAM FROSTING
1/4 cup butter, softened to room temperature
1 and 3/4 cups confectioners’ sugar
2-3 Tablespoons heavy cream 
6 Oreos, crushed
 
CHOCOLATE GANACHE
4 ounces semi-sweet chocolate 
1/2 cup heavy cream 
2 Tablespoons  unsalted butter, softened to room temperature

 

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Preheat the oven to 350°

 
Line an 8×8 baking pan with aluminum foil, leaving enough overhang on the sides to lift the brownies out of the pan. Set aside.

Make the brownies: In a small bowl, beat the 2 eggs together. Set aside.

Melt the butter.

Stir in 1 cup sugar, 2 teaspoons vanilla extract, cocoa powder, salt, food coloring, and vinegar. Mix each of those ingredients into the batter in that order.
 
Whisk in the eggs, then fold in the flour until completely incorporated. Do not overmix.
 
Pour the brownie batter into prepared baking pan. 
 
Bake the brownies for 22-24 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out mostly clean, with a few small moist crumbs. Allow the brownies to cool at room temperature for 30 minutes, then transfer to the refrigerator to cool completely.
 
Make the frosting: With a handheld or stand mixer  beat the butter until light and creamy – about 1 minute.
 
Add the confectioners’ sugar and 2 Tbsp cream, beating on medium until creamy.
 
Add 1 more Tbsp cream until the frosting is spreadable consistency. You want it to be thick so that the frosting layer stays neat when you cut into the brownies.
 
Fold in the crushed Oreos.
 
Lift the cooled brownies out of the pan and spread them with the frosting.
Stick them into the refrigerator as your prepare the ganache. You want the frosting to slightly chill on the brownies.
 
Make the ganache: Break up the chocolate into small pieces in a medium bowl.
 
Heat the heavy cream until boiling, either in the microwave or on the stovetop.
 
Pour boiling cream over the chocolate and stir until the chocolate is melted and smooth.
 
Cut in the butter, one small piece at a time, and stir until smooth.
 
Chill the gnache for a little bit in the fridge until it’s thick enough to spread.
 
Spread over frosted brownies. 
 
Chill for at least 30 minutes before cutting.
 
Cut the brownies into squares, wiping your large knife off with a wet paper towel between cuts so that the layers stay neat.
 
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Thanks, Sally!  These were amazing!!!
~gianna~
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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Sweets. Eats. And Crafts
    Feb 09, 2014 @ 15:13:18

    Wow! I love everything red velvet and oreos are my favorite cookie so this has won me over!

    Reply

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