Dense, gooey, and full of chocolate flavor, these Red Velvet Milky Way Brownies are a gorgeous and delicious Valentine’s Day treat!
Hey friends! After making these brownies again the other day, I’ve updated this post from last year and am sharing it again. I forgot how good these are — and so easy! I took them to a potluck and they disappeared in minutes. Also — this post. Nothing has changed. I actually laughed to myself reading it again. Ahhh…life with kids. I hope you enjoy and brownies and post as much as I do.
If I could tell you one thing about being a mom, it’s this:
It’s really tiring being this fascinating.
For whatever reason, everyone in my house is completely obsessed with me. The other day I went to pee and our dog ran in before I could get the bathroom door shut. And then when Lucy realized that the dog and I were in the bathroom without her, she stood outside the bathroom with her face pressed in the door crack, crying and asking for a play-by-play of what we were doing. My son heard the commotion and walked over to see what was going on.
I was like, “PEOPLE. I AM JUST TRYING TO PEE. I’ve been doing this SEVERAL TIMES A DAY SINCE I WAS BORN 36 YEARS AGO. And while I do have a lot of experience in urinating, I assure you that I have no special methods or secret tricks.”
And they all just stared at me and then asked if they could have a Sprite and if we were going anywhere today.
Because that is the other thing about being fascinating — the people in your house want to know what you are doing literally every second. And when you do normal, every day things, they suddenly become extraordinary. It’s like being a celebrity of a miniature village. I can be drinking a Coke and my son will see me and be like, “Hey…I didn’t know we had Coke!! When did you buy Coke? Dad, did you know mom bought Coke??” It’s like a whole big production.
Heaven forbid I settle on the couch in the evening with a handful of M&Ms. An uprising starts brewing among my family members.
“Where did the M&Ms come from?”
“Hey, no fair. I want M&Ms”
“Did you say M&Ms? Where? What? Mom??? MOM HAS M&MS?????”
My husband can announce that he’s going to spend the day eating cotton candy at a trampoline park and my kids won’t even look up from their cartoons to wave him off. I, on the other hand, can be tiptoeing out the door while the kids are in the middle of the deepest of slumbers, and they are suddenly wide awake and dying to come with me to the DMV to renew my driver’s license.
Now I understand what it’s like to be JLo, I mean honestly.
If you’re wondering what it is that celebrities do all day, it’s mostly normal things. We pee, wear socks, bake brownies, and fight off miniature paparazzi incessantly shouting questions at us like, “can I sleep in your room tonight?” or “can I have a bite of your sandwich?” or “can I pull out a few pieces of your hair so I can carry them around all day and sniff them while I try to steal your soul?”
Normal stuff like that.
Sometimes we even make cool red velvet brownies that are gooey and magical.
- 1 box red velvet cake mix
- 1 stick salted butter, melted
- 1/2 cup evaporated milk
- 15-20 fun size Milky Way Bars
- 4 Tablespoons salted butter
- 2 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 3 Tablespoons whole milk
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 2/3 cups powdered sugar
- 4 oz white chocolate, melted
- Heat oven to 350. Line an 8x8 square pan with foil. Spray with nonstick baking spray and set aside.
- Stir together cake mix, melted butter, and evaporated milk in a large bowl with a wooden spoon, until smooth.
- Spread half of the batter into prepared pan. Bake for 8 minutes.
- Place Milky Way bars over the entire surface of the bars, then spoon remaining batter over the top. Spread so that the batter covers them completely (you may have to use your hands). Bake for 20 minutes. Remove from oven.
- Prepare frosting: In a small saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Whisk in cocoa powder and milk, whisking until mixture comes to a boil. Remove from heat and whisk in powdered sugar and vanilla until smooth. Pour over brownies, spreading evenly.
- Melt white chocolate and drizzle over brownies. Cool to room temperature, then cover and chill until firm before removing foil and cutting into squares.
Enjoy and have a very happy day!!!