To cap off our Valentine’s Day menu, we wanted to do a dessert that was fun and festive while making sure it was an easy venture in the kitchen. Whenever we are planning a dinner menu, we always try and extend effort to one particular item and make the rest of the menu easy and straightforward so that we don’t get overwhelmed. Chocolate is pretty much essential on Valentine’s Day, so we decided to go with a red velvet brownie for our finale. One of our favorite desserts to order is the pizookie from BJ’s Pizzeria, which is a chocolate chip cookie served hot out of the oven in a skillet and topped with ice cream. We decided to make these brownies pizookie style and serve them the same way. We love cracking into the top of the brownie and letting all of the melted ice cream seep into the center. The best part? You can make the batter in advance and refrigerate the batter in the pan. Bake them straight from the fridge, adding about 2 minutes to the baking time, and you will have the perfect date night dessert.
Red Velvet Skillet Brownie
Our favorite red velvet brownies, made skillet style! The perfect dessert for date night.
- 1 oz bittersweet chocolate
- 3 tbs salted butter
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/3 cup + 1 tbs all purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 + 1/8 tsp vanilla extract
- pinch of salt
- red food coloring (about 1/4 oz)
- vanilla ice cream, optional
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Put the butter and bittersweet chocolate in a microwave safe bowl. Melt the ingredients in 30 second increments, stirring between each 30 seconds, until the chocolate is completely melted (about 90 seconds total). Let the mixture sit on the counter top to cool slightly.
- Whisk the eggs and sugar together in a medium sized mixing bowl. Slowly add the chocolate mixture to the eggs and sugar, whisking as they are added, so as to not cook the eggs. Whisk vigorously until all of the chocolate has been added to the eggs.
- Add the red food coloring to the eggs and whisk well to combine. We prefer to add most of the food coloring now, so as not to over mix the brownie batter once the flour has been added.
- Add the flour, baking powder, vanilla extract, and pinch of salt to the batter. Gently stir until the mixture is just combined. At this point, add more red food coloring as necessary and gently whisk until all of the dye is evenly distributed.
- Pour the brownie batter into a greased small skillet. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the brownies come out clear with a toothpick. Serve hot with vanilla ice cream.