Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Patriotic Brownies

Happy Birthday America!
I've  never really made a holiday themed dish.  Of course I make plenty of recipes for the holidays but you can't usually look at my creation re-creation and know what holiday it belongs to. 
Needless to say I was thrilled when my colleague and blogging buddy Heather from Life by the Spoonful invited me to come do some patriotic baking with her and her sweet little Baby Spoon. 
My mission was to find something patriotic [looking] to bake. My first plan was to make red, white & blue cupcakes, but when the my 4th of July plans changed a bit I decided to go with a different recipe. 
I decided I wanted needed to make Red Velvet Cheesecake Brownies. These brownies have been in my Pinterest "to make que" for quite a while now and they already had two of the three colors I needed for making them patriotic-ish. 
It was Heather's idea to add a little blue to the mix.  Although I didn't really like the look of them in the beginning, they have sort of grown on me (pun intended). My mom thinks they look a more like something out of a Dr. Seuss book than a patriotic treat.
Now I didn't know when I started, but I now know I'm helping America (okay mainly just my family) by making these brownies. The recipe calls for the use of dark chocolate pieces. The use of dark chocolate in these brownies means each time my family and I eat one we will lower our blood pressure, improve cognitive function, improve blood sugar, consume antioxidants, prevent cavities, and load up on vitamins & minerals! Thanks for cluing me in on that information
Yeah I know the sugar, butter and cream cheese probably definitely negate some of the positive properties of the dark chocolate, but I'm going to pretend I don't know that. So I've officially decided that these are not brownies they are: Red, White & Bluies and of course they are good for America!

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