Green Velvet Brownies with Cream Cheese Frosting

Every year I make grand plans for St. Patrick’s Day cooking ideas.  I plan to eat lots of green food or traditional Irish dishes.  Every year I end up ultimately forgetting about it.  Since it’s not as appropiate for adults to pinch each other based solely on current articles of clothing, it seems celebrating St. Patrick’s day mostly involves eating and drinking- which sounds a-okay to me.
Well, this year I finally remembered to pull out the green food dye in time for the big day, and I made a green chocolate brownie.  I can’t lie: green brownies look a little weird.  Every time I ate a brownie, I got a comment that it looked like spinach.  Not the best review for a dessert, but the green brownies are definitely fun for this time of year.  Not many other times of the year can you get away with serving friends and family green brownies.
These are essentially red velvet brownies but subbing in green food coloring instead of red.  The brownie is soft and chocolatey.  The best part of the cream cheese frosting: to die for.  Make this to celebrate St. Patrick’s day, or feel free to substitute any other food coloring for the rest of the year.
Adapted from How Sweet It Is

For the Brownies:
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 1/2 tablespoons green food coloring
1/2 tablespoon white wine vinegar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract, divided
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
2 eggs, room temperature
1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup white chocolate chips
1/3 cup chocolate chips

For the Cream Cheese Frosting:
8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
1/4 cup butter, room temperature
1 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract


For the Brownies:

Preheat oven to 350°F.  Line an 8 inch by 8 inch baking pan with foil and grease.

In a small bowl,whisk cocoa powder, green food coloring, vinegar, and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract together until a paste forms.  Set aside.

In a large bowl cream together butter and sugar until light a fluffy.  Beat in eggs one at a time.  Whisk in vanilla extract and cocoa paste.  Stir in flour and salt until just combined.  Bake for 20-27 minutes.  Cool completely

For the Cream Cheese Frosting:

Whip cream cheese until fluffy.  Add butter and beat until combined.  Beat in sugar gradually until incorporated.  Add vanilla extract.

Remove brownies from pan and frost.  Cut into bars.


One thought on “Green Velvet Brownies with Cream Cheese Frosting

  1. Liz Berg says:

    You did more than I did for St. Patty's Day…I finally put on a green shirt! Your brownies sound spectacular!!! Maybe I'll be on the ball enough next year to make these 🙂

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