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October 22, 2012

Red Velvet Vampire Brownies

It's that spooky time of year again! Gooey eye ball cake pops, human brain pasta, witch's fingers and other eerie edibles fill the dining room table. There are numerous creepy food lists online, so I don't feel entirely weird adding these to the gross assortment of Halloween foods.

I referenced the recipe on Food Network.com after discovering it on Cupcakes and Cashmere. I am excited to debut my newest gluten free Halloween eerie edible finger food- Red Velvet Vampire BrowniesLast week I decided to take an easy, instant gluten free brownie mix from Trader Joe's (one of my go tos for years) and add a terrifying twist. I simply added the required amount of red food coloring to the brownie mix and then wiped up the ingredients for the cream cheese topping and layered over the brownie batter.

How scary are these?!?!? They're PERFECT for creeping out your Halloween guests! I guess for any other holiday it would have been a baked treat gone bad, but there is something about these gooey little bites that scream a haunted scene out of a chilling movie, perfect for this frightening time of year.

I have seen mixed reviews on Trader Joe's Gluten Free Brownie Mix (TJ's gluten free product list) both from celiacs and individuals who are not gluten sensitive. Being a Celiac myself, I enjoy TJ's easy and convenient brownie mix. Yes, it is not the BEST brownie mix out there, but I appreciate a baking mix that I can add a few ingredients and have a moist, chewy chocolate treat in 30 minutes. It's only $3.99, aka the cheapest gluten free brownie mix I know. It doesn't require any speciality ingredients, just the mix, an egg, 1/2 cup vegetable oil and 1/4 cup water and you're off to brownie heaven.  I especially enjoy a quick mix when I'm not in the mood for doing a ton a dishes and taking a few hours of concentration to get the recipe exactly right. Some days, I want to just take a baking back seat. :) 
*TJ's Gluten Free Brownie Mix Tip*

Although I like my brownies gooey, over the years I have determined that Trader Joe's Brownie Mix turns out the best when the brownies are baked for the entire time, if not longer than the suggested time on the back of the mix bag. Even though I am tempted every time to pull the brownies early, the brownies are moist and spongy when fully cooked. 


Brownie Layer
1 package Trader Joe's Gluten Free Brownie Mix + required ingredients 
(egg, vegetable oil, ad water) 
Red Food Coloring

Cream Cheese Layer:
1 egg
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup sugar
1/8 teaspoon gluten free vanilla extract

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