Red Velvet Brownie Cups with Cream Cheese Frosting

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Red Velvet Brownie Cups with Cream Cheese Frosting and a Hershey Kiss inside. These have the perfect amount of chocolate inside and the flavor is delicious!

I made these red, white and blue version of my favorite red velvet brownies for the 4th of July this past week and everyone loved them. They are the perfect treat for any celebration, but for the 4th of July you can top them with blueberries for a fun and festive treat.

You could of course make these year round and leave off the blueberries, but I thought they would be perfect for the holiday this weekend!

These brownies are made from scratch and baked in mini muffin pans creating the perfect mini dessert. I feel like everything is so much cuter when it’s mini, don’t you? Plus you don’t feel as bad eating 2…or 3! ;)

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Red Velvet Brownie Cups with Cream Cheese Frosting - perfect little bite-sized cupcakes

Red Velvet Brownie Cups with Cream Cheese Frosting are so easy to make!

To get started you’re going to mix up the red velvet brownies and then scoop them into the mini muffin pans to bake. I love to use a small scoop to make them all the same size.

Red Velvet Brownie Cups with Cream Cheese Frosting - scooping the batter, and adding a Hershey's Kiss to the center!

Then you’re going to place the Hershey Kisses in the center of the cups. My kids had fun helping me unwrap all the chocolate and pressing them into the middle.

Red Velvet Brownie Cups with Cream Cheese Frosting - ready to go in the oven

Once they’re baked, you can pipe on the frosting using a 1M tip, or simply place it in a zip top bag and snip off the top to pipe it on top. Here’s a tutorial if you’d like more tips on frosting.

Red Velvet Brownie Cups with Cream Cheese Frosting - piping the frosting on the delicious mini cupakes

These Red Velvet Brownie Cups with Cream Cheese Frosting treats are perfect for little helpers!

Baking with kids in the kitchen

My kids loved helping me frost the brownies as well. I let them each have one brownie cup to decorate and my son was so proud of his creation. I love having my kids in the kitchen with me and we’ve made so many great memories (and messes) baking together.

Red Velvet Brownie Cups with Cream Cheese Frosting - kids love helping make these delicious treats!

I think they turned out so cute and they were SO delicious! I’m such a sucker for brownies and these were such a fun twist on the traditional brownie cups. My kids helped me deliver these to our friends and they definitely brought a smile to their face. I’m trying to teach my children that little acts of kindness can go a long way and they have turned into great little helpers.

Red Velvet Brownie Cups with Cream Cheese Frosting - ready for a 4th of July BBQ, or perfect any time of the year!

Red velvet brownie cups with cream cheese frosting

Yield: 36 cups

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2-ounces Hershey's baking bar semi-sweet chocolate (could also do bitter-sweet)
  • 1 stick salted butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • red food coloring
  • 36 Hershey Kisses, unwrapped

Cream cheese frosting:

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 pint blueberries, optional

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a mini cupcake pan with liners or use a non-stick silicone pan with no liners. Spray with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.

Place the chocolate and 2 Tablespoons of butter in a microwave safe bowl and cook in the microwave for one minute at 50% power. Stir and cook an additional 30 seconds, or until melted. Allow cooling slightly.

Place the remaining 6 Tablespoons of butter into a large bowl and add the sugar. Cream together with an electric mixer for 1-2 minutes. Add in the eggs and mix just until combined. Add in the cooled chocolate mixture. Pour in the flour and stir just until combined. Then stir in the vanilla and red food coloring.

Use a small scoop or 1 Tablespoon and scoop the batter into the cupcake pan. You want to leave about 1/4" inch from the top. Then press the Hershey Kiss into the center of the cupcake.

Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Remove onto a cooling rack and allow cooling.

For the cream cheese frosting, beat the butter and cream cheese in large bowl with an electric mixer. Slowly add the powdered sugar, one cup at a time. Add the vanilla and mix until smooth. Spread or pipe onto the top of the cupcakes and then top with 3 blueberries if you'd like.

 

Red Velvet Brownie Cups with Cream Cheese Frosting - A delicious little bite-sized treat!

Your guests will love the surprise inside! :D

Red Velvet Brownie Cups with Cream Cheese Frosting - inside is a hidden Hershey's Kiss!

These would definitely be the perfect treat to bring to your upcoming 4th of July BBQ’s. You can’t beat a red, white and blue brownie!

Red Velvet Brownie Cups with Cream Cheese Frosting - these mini cupcakes are easy to transport to your next get together!

Yum! ENJOY! :)

Red Velvet Brownie Cups Recipe with Cream Cheese Frosting -YUM!!

What are your plans for the 4th of July? Making anything yummy this weekend?

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Jamielyn Nye

Creative director and founder of I Heart Naptime. Jamielyn aspires to reach women, get their creative juices flowing, and to genuinely inspire. When she’s not creating, Jamielyn loves to chase her three little monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.

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Comments

  1. Crystal posted on July 3, 2016 at 7:16 pm (#
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    How fun and delicious to put a Hershey kiss in the middle of the cupcake!! Super delicious and fun for July 4th!!

  2. Des @ Life's Ambrosia posted on July 5, 2016 at 11:34 am (#
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    Oh my goodness these are perfection! I love the little hershey kiss in the center. I’m going to have to try these with my boys!

  3. Justine | Cooking and Beer posted on July 5, 2016 at 12:24 pm (#
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    These little brownies are so freakin’ cute! Love the kiss in the middle!

  4. Kacey @ The Cookie Writer posted on July 5, 2016 at 5:26 pm (#
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    Red velvet is my weakness and I love the holiday spin on the cupcakes! So easy but delicious :)

  5. Cookin Canuck posted on July 6, 2016 at 12:08 am (#
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    The Fourth of July or anytime of year.  These are absolutely adorable!

  6. Sabrina posted on July 6, 2016 at 3:35 am (#
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    Who can resist red velvet! These look decadently delicious!

  7. Michelle | A Dish of Daily Life posted on July 6, 2016 at 8:42 am (#
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    I love the surprise Hershey’s Kiss in the middle! :) And I do love mini desserts…although I am always tempted to eat too many then…

  8. JJ posted on October 15, 2016 at 6:25 pm (#
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    When do you add the chocolate mxture to the batter? Recipe says to set aside to cool but doesn’t mention when it should be combined.

    • I Heart Naptime posted on October 16, 2016 at 9:24 am (#
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      Thanks for noticing that, JJ! I updated the recipe – you add it in before the flour.

  9. Garagegymplanner posted on January 31, 2017 at 11:40 pm (#
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    This looks really wonderful and delicious… I saved this post.