Red Velvet Lovebird Blondies Red Velvet Lovebird Blondies

Red Velvet Lovebird Blondies IMAGE Image by: Red Velvet Lovebird Blondies IMAGE Author: Canadian Living

These whimsical Valentine's Day blondies are a luscious way to say, 'I love you' We made our lovebirds with red, yellow and green fruit leather, but feel free to use any combination of colours you like.

  • Portion size 16 servings
  • Credits : Canadian Living Magazine: February 2014


  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 1 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon red paste food colouring
  • fruit leather in desired colours
  • 16 candies (such as Wilton Jumbo Hearts Sprinkles)
  • 32 sesame seeds
Cream Cheese Icing:
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter softened
  • 1/4 cup cream cheese softened
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cup icing sugar
  • 1 pinch salt
  • paste food colouring


In large bowl, beat butter with brown sugar until light; beat in eggs and vanilla. Whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt; stir into butter mixture to make thick batter. Stir in red food colouring until combined.

Scrape into parchment paper - lined 8-inch (2 L) square cake pan, smoothing top. Bake in 325 F (160 C) oven until cake tester inserted in centre comes out with a few moist crumbs clinging, 25 to 30 minutes.

Let cool in pan on rack for 10 minutes. Transfer to rack; peel off paper. Let cool completely.

Cream Cheese Icing:
In large bowl, beat butter with cream cheese until light and fluffy; beat in vanilla. Beat in icing sugar, in three additions, until smooth; beat in salt. Transfer 1/4 cup of the icing to small bowl; tint with yellow food colouring to desired shade for beaks. Cover yellow icing with damp towel to prevent drying out; set aside. Spread remaining icing over blondies, smoothing top. Refrigerate until firm, about 15 minutes. Cut into 16 squares.

Using 1-inch (2.5 cm) teardrop-shaped cookie cutter or scissors, cut 32 shapes from fruit leather for bird bodies. Using 3/4-inch (2 cm) teardrop-shaped cookie cutter or scissors, cut 64 shapes from fruit leather for wings. Arrange two bird bodies, close to edge and facing each other, on each square; press two wings together, offsetting slightly, and press onto each body. Place one heart-shaped candy in centre above each pair of birds.

Spoon reserved yellow icing into piping bag fitted with small plain tip; pipe kissing beaks onto birds. Press 1 sesame seed eye onto each bird.

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Nutritional facts per square: about

  • Fibre 1 g
  • Sodium 87 mg
  • Sugars 28 g
  • Protein 2 g
  • Calories 238.0
  • Total fat 11 g
  • Potassium 71 mg
  • Cholesterol 50 mg
  • Saturated fat 7 g
  • Total carbohydrate 35 g


  • Iron 6.0
  • Fibre 0.0
  • Folate 7.0
  • Sodium 0.0
  • Sugars 0.0
  • Calcium 3.0
  • Protein 0.0
  • Calories 0.0
  • Total fat 0.0
  • Vitamin A 10.0
  • Vitamin C 0.0
  • Potassium 0.0
  • Cholesterol 0.0
  • Saturated fat 0.0
  • Total carbohydrate 0.0
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Red Velvet Lovebird Blondies