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When it comes to Valentine’s Day, I used to be one of those who would turn up their noses. It’s a made up holiday, I’d dismiss. You should tell those you love how you feel every day, not just this one. And while I still hold those statements true to a degree, I also find myself enjoying the holiday more and more. A large part of that is because of my kids, they make it fun, but it’s just nice to have a day specifically about showing our love for one another. And a chance to eat yummy treats like these X’s & O’s Red Velvet Love Brownies doesn’t hurt, either.
While my kids do make the day fun, it’s not just about them. Family, friends, and all who are important in our lives should be appreciated, as well.
My mom, specifically, has had a rough time of it. She’s such a great mom to me, friend to me, and grandmother, but last year was not the best year. As such, I wanted to do something special just for her for Valentine’s Day. I’ve been putting together ideas for sweets, candy and brownies and cookies, too.
How can you not like a day with so much chocolate?
But when I saw that Walmart had a new kind of M&M’s® for the occasion, M&M’s® Red Velvet, I knew I had to grab a bag. Along with it, I gathered a few extra ingredients that I would need to make a batch of X’s & O’s Red Velvet Love Brownies. I should have grabbed a couple bags of the M&M’s®, to be honest, as I almost didn’t have enough after trying a few (a lot) as I put together the recipe. I did grab another bag of Peanut Butter M&M’s®, though.
It’s important that you go in order when mixing all ingredients. Once combined, I added in a handful of white chocolate chips as well as a handful of the M&M’s®.
Pour in a buttered baking dish and bake for about 30 minutes. Then make your cream cheese frosting. Add your X’s and O’s to the tops and you have a lovely, special Valentine’s Day treat!
Before I gifted my mom with hers, though, my kids had to taste test. It’s a job, but someone has to do it. With their very enthusiastic seal of approval, we’re going to make my mom a homemade card to present to her along with the brownies. That should brighten her day!
I still think you shouldn’t wait for just one day of the year to say I love you. As such, don’t keep these X’s & O’s Red Velvet Love Brownies to just Valentine’s Day. Spread the love all year long!
See more great M&M’s® Red Velvet recipe and party ideas at myconfectioncorner.com/valentines-day where you can also download a coupon to save on your M&M’s® purchase.