4th of July Red Velvet Brownie Firecrackers

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If you’re looking for a fun and patriotic 4th of July dessert recipe for your cookout or fireworks watching party, try these red velvet brownie firecrackers!  They’re a red velvet fourth of July brownie in a cupcake liner with a cute chocolate-dipped blue cherry on top for a POP.

4th of July Red Velvet Brownie Firecrackers

4th of July Brownies: Red Velvet Fourth of July Firecrackers

Red velvet firecrackers

This recipe was contributed by Krista Blackburn.


Patriotic sprinkles

1 pouch of Red, White, and Blue sprinkle Jimmies (bought from Michaels craft stores)


Using a sealed container, shake the sprinkles until combined.

Red Velvet Brownies:

1 C unsalted sweet cream butter, softened
1 1/2 C sugar
1 1/2 C light brown sugar
4 large eggs
2 oz red food coloring
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 1/2 C flour
6 tbsp unsweetened cocoa
1/2 tsp salt
Mini cupcake liners

Frosting Ingredients

1 C unsalted sweet cream butter, softened
2 1/2 C powder sugar
1 tsp vanilla
3-5 TBSP heavy whipping cream
1 disposable piping bag with a star tip

Blue Cherry Ingredients:

1 Jar of Maraschino cherries with stems
1 bag of royal blue candy melts
1 cookie sheet fitted with parchment paper


Brownie Instructions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Line mini cupcake tins with paper liners.

Using a standing mixer combine butter and sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy.

Sugar and butter in a bowl
Mixing butter and sugar together

Add eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition,

Adding eggs to the mixture

Mix in food coloring and vanilla, mix until the color is fully incorporated.

Mixing flour, cocoa, and salt separately

Mix flour, cocoa, and salt in a separate bowl.  
Slowly add the flour mixture. (don’t over mix)

The batter will be very thick.

Using a rubber spatula stir the sides and the bottom of the bowl to make sure that all of the flour has been included in the batter.

Fill the lined cupcake tins 2/3rds full.

Bake at 350 degrees until a toothpick inserted in centers comes out clean. (about 15 minutes)

Baking the red velvet brownie cupcakes

Once out of the oven, place the bottom of a 1/2 tbsp into the center of the brownie to make a indent for the frosting

Allow to cool slightly in the cupcake pan.

Then remove cupcakes onto a rack to cool completely.

Frosting Instructions:

Using a stand mixer, combine all ingredients and mix on medium speed.

Mix until you see stiff peaks in your frosting.

Once the frosting is made, scoop it into the piping bag and set aside

Cherry Instructions:

Using a double boiler, melt the candy melts

While the candy melts are melting, place cherries onto a plate covered with a few layers of paper towels. This will help dry out the cherries of their juices

Once the candy melts are melted, dip the cherries into the chocolate about 3/4 of the way

Lightly shake the cherries to get rid of excess melts

Place onto the cookie sheet and let them dry completely. About 10 minutes

Decorating Instructions:

Using the frosting, pipe small dollops of frosting into the center of the brownie

Adding frosting to the brownies

Sprinkle with some patriotic sprinkles

Sprinkle on patriotic sprinkles

Top with a cherry and enjoy!

The finished 4th of July red velvet brownie firecrackers

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