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These festive Red, White, & Blue Patriotic Brownies are a must have for any summer party!
Red, White, & Blue Patriotic Brownies
I took my two favorite recipes and turned them into one firecracker of a dessert that’s perfect for Memorial Day, 4th of July, or Labor Day. Really, they are perfect all summer long!
The colors are so festive and really turns ordinary brownies into beautiful party-worthy brownies.
4th of July Brownies
I almost always make almond buttercream frosting when making chocolate cake (I just think the flavors are divine together), so it was a no-brainer to make up my almond buttercream for these 4th of July brownies.
My brownies call for coconut oil, but you can certainly swap for a canola oil if you’d like. The coconut oil is my attempt at making these brownies a tad healthier.
Seriously, in my head that works so I’m gonna go with it. Coconut oil equals healthy brownies! Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Ha!
I’m totally digging my new Epicurean Pastry stands. I was sent two to try out and I love them. I wasn’t sure what to expect since they store flat and are very light weight, but I think they are my new favorite pieces. One of the best parts…they are dishwasher safe!
How to Make Red, White, and Blue Icing
I love making frosting. I love making favored frosting. But what I love most is eating anything covered in it. I get a lot of questions on how to make amazing frosting and besides the recipe below, it comes down to using the right type of gel food coloring. Skip the stuff found at the grocery and craft stores.
Wondering how to make red, white, and blue icing that’s swirled??? First make a big batch of white and then divide it into 3 bowls. Color one bowl red, one bowl blue, and leave the 3rd bowl white. Open up a large pastry bag that’s fitted with the tip that you want to use (I used this one for these brownies). Add blue frosting to two sides of the bag, then add red frosting in between each of the blue stripes. Finally, add the while frosting to the center of the bag and gently press all the frosting evenly down toward the tip. There ya have it!
- 2/3 cup coconut oil (canola and vegetable oil work too)
- 1 1/4 cups sugar
- 1/4 cup water
- 4 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips, divided (24 ounces)
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 4 eggs
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1/2 cup Shortening
- 2 tbsp warm water (2-3)
- 1 tsp almond extract
- 1 lb confectioners sugar
- red and blue food coloring
- white edible pearls
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Spray a 13 x 9-inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.
- In a heavy saucepan, bring coconut oil, sugar and water to a boil, stirring constantly until the sugar is dissolved (about 2-3 minutes). Remove from the heat, stir in 2 cups of chocolate chips until melted; cool slightly then beat in vanilla.
- In a mixing bowl, whisk eggs, gradually add in the chocolate mixture, beating with a wooden spoon until completely mixed. In a separate bowl, mix together flour, baking soda, and salt; add to the chocolate mixture and mix well to combine. Stir in the remaining chocolate chips.
- Spread into prepared baking pan. Bake for 35-40 minutes (don’t overbake).
- While the brownies cool, prepare the frosting. Beat together butter, shortening, 1 tbsp of warm water, and almond until smooth and creamy. Beat in the sugar gradually on a low setting. Scrape sides of bowl as needed.
- Mixture will be very thick. After all sugar is incorporated, add 1-2 more tbsp. of warm water and beat at medium/medium-high speed for 1-2 more minutes. Adding more warm water will continue to thin the frosting consistency and bring down the sweetness even more. Add as much as you like to get the appropriate flavor and consistency. Be careful because a little goes a long way, frosting should be able to hold it's shape, but not be too thick.
- The frosting can also be made several days in advance and stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Bring to room temperature, then mix well before using. Leftovers should be refrigerated.
- Get the look by diving frosting into three bowls and adding a few drops of red color to one bowl and a few drops of blue color to another bowl. Stir each well to combine. Place a 1M Decorating Tube into a large piping bag. Add blue frosting to two sides of the bag, then add red frosting in between each of the blue stripes. Finally, add the while frosting to the center of the bag and gently press all the frosting evenly down toward the tip.
- Decorate brownies with red, white, and blue stars. Top with white pearls.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 16 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 621Total Fat: 35.1gSaturated Fat: 21gCholesterol: 134.2mgSodium: 133mgCarbohydrates: 80.2gFiber: 2.8gSugar: 66.7gProtein: 4.4g
4th of July Recipes
Disclaimer: This post is in collaboration with Epicurean.