i should be mopping the floor: Red Velvet Brownie Star Stacks

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Red Velvet Brownie Star Stacks

This is an easy fourth of july dessert that will be a hit with your bunch.
The base is actually a cake mix brownie recipe.

Easy Red Velvet Brownies that start from a cake mix. Star shaped cookie cutters help make a cute patriotic dessert.
I love the fourth...or F-O-J as we call it around here. I put these brownie stacks together as an easy treat...that's also easy to transport. You can assemble at a picnic or even let your crowd assemble their own stacks. 

{It's now time to cue Neil Diamond singing America as background music in your head while you read this post}.


This starts with a cake mix {but you won't make it according the package instructions}. It also includes the cream cheese version of the Cool Whip frosting that I'm so enamored with right now. Enamored.

You'll Need:

- 1 box of red velvet cake mix {do not use the ingredient amounts on box}
- 1 large egg
- 1/4 cup water
- 3 TBSP canola oil
- 1 container Cool Whip Cream Cheese Frosting
- fresh blueberries

Easy Red Velvet Brownies that start from a cake mix. Star shaped cookie cutters help make a cute patriotic dessert.
Combine cake mix with water, oil and egg. Stir to combine completely...it will be very thick. Spread into a prepared 9x9 pan. I like to cover my pan in foil and then spray it with the baking version of cooking spray {the kind that contains flour}. Also, I have a small 8x10 dish that I used above, only because my 9x9 was in the fridge with leftover corn casserole {leftovers in a 9x9 means nobody liked it}.

Bake at 350 for 25 minutes or until baked through. 

Easy Red Velvet Brownies that start from a cake mix. Star shaped cookie cutters help make a cute patriotic dessert.
Using a star-shaped cookie cutter, cut star shapes out of cooled brownies. {This is where that foil trick really comes in handy...just pull your cooled brownies out of the pan and peel the foil back. They're now super easy to cut}. 

Easy Red Velvet Brownies that start from a cake mix. Star shaped cookie cutters help make a cute patriotic dessert.
I put my frosting into a Ziploc bag and cut the tip off to pipe the frosting. Frosting brownies can be a bit crummy {pun intended}, so using a bag is a lot easier and less messy. I frost the "bottom" brownies first.

Easy Red Velvet Brownies that start from a cake mix. Star shaped cookie cutters help make a cute patriotic dessert.
Top with another brownie star. Then pipe more frosting onto the top. And add blueberries.

Easy Red Velvet Brownies that start from a cake mix. Star shaped cookie cutters help make a cute patriotic dessert.
I think they're super fun! My boys loved them. After devouring the brownies, we they used the excess brownie scraps and dipped them straight into the cream cheese frosting. We they think that's yummy.

Easy Red Velvet Brownies that start from a cake mix. Star shaped cookie cutters help make a cute patriotic dessert.

 To download the recipe card {prints in both 3x5 and 4x6 sizes}, click the image below:
recipe card

I just had to show you the below photo...it made me laugh {and maybe gag a bit...although, I promise that tub is clean}. My new favorite place to take pics is my bathtub. The light from that window is great...and it bounces off the mirror on the wall opposite of it. We took pictures of brownies in the bathtub. And then ate them with no apologies. 

I about went green with envy when I saw Donna's awesome photo studio that she has in her house. Photo Studio|Bathtub...Potato|PotAHto.

Keeping. It. Real.
Easy Red Velvet Brownies that start from a cake mix. Star shaped cookie cutters help make a cute patriotic dessert.






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20 comments:

  1. These look yummy, Kristi! Now if {big if} I can just find my star cookie cutter....

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  2. Ok, I just realized I pinned these yesterday AND shared them on FB and Twitter this AM and yet forgot to comment. lol I LOVE these, Kristi! And I seriously about spit my drink out when I saw that bathtub picture. Ohhh the things we do. Love you, girl.
    xoxo

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  3. Wow these are ADORABLE!!!!!!!!! What a cute idea!!!! And they look delicious too, the red velvet brownies sound so good!!!! Food is always better tasting when it looks pretty, too! :)

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  4. Red velvet brownies sound delish! These remind me of the mini star cakes I made for the 4th of July last year...I guess great minds think alike!

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  5. I can't even get over how CUTE these are, Kristi!! Pinned! Thanks for sharing the festive yumminess! :) Have a fabulous 4th!!

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  6. These are absolutely adorable! Hope you and your family have a wonderful 4th!

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  7. So festive and delicious looking !

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  8. How many servings does this make? Trying to decide how much I need.

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  9. Oh my goodness, this sounds delicious, I love the shape and the toppings!
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  10. Yum! ...Featuring you on the blog this week!
    THANK YOU for partying with us! xo

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  11. All I can say is YUMMMMMMM! I love red velvet anything and can't wait to try these delicious brownies! Pinned!

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  12. Hi Kristi! These brownies look beautiful and scrumptious. Thanks for sharing the recipe. Pinning!

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  13. This looks like so much fun to make! Pinning to my 4th of July board! Red velvet cake is one of my favorites.

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  14. I LOVE this idea and love seeing red, white and blue recipes! I have featured this recipe via last week's Say G'day Party! It will appear on my blog post today! Pinned and shared! Hope to see you on Satruday!

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  15. these are so cute and perfect for 4th of July!!

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  16. What a fun and easy dessert , you are so creative with your photos too!!!

    I would love to have you stop by and share your post on my Friday Features this week!
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    Hope you have a great weekend!!!
    Karren
    @Oh My Heartsie Girl

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  17. These look so delicious! Will definitely need to try this. Thank you for sharing.

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  18. The recipe was cute but sharing how you photographed it was awesome!! Thank you for "keeping it real."

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