Red Velvet Brownies
1/2 cup butter, at room termperature
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 tsp. vanilla extract - I used 1 tsp. vanilla and 1 tsp. almond
1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1/4 tsp. salt
3 tablespoons cocoa powder
2 tablespoons red food coloring
2/3 cups chocolate chips (optional) - I left these out
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Butter and flour an 8 x 8 cake pan
In a small bowl, combine cocoa powder, red food coloring, and 1 tsp. vanilla to create a paste.
In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream butter and sugar until fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, then add remaining teaspoon of flavoring (either vanilla or almond). With the mixer on medium speed, add in the cocoa powder mixture. Beat until batter is completely red. (If at this time your batter is NOT red, you can add a little more food coloring if desired. color will depend on brand)
Add flour and salt, mixing until just combined. Fold in chocolate chips if you are using them.
Spread in the 8 x 8 pan. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Let cool completely before frosting.
White Chocolate Frosting
1 stick of butter, at room temperature