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Valentine's Day Brownies



I can't believe that Valentine's Day is almost here and so is Super Bowl weekend. With the unusual amount of snow that we have been having, the entire city is almost on lockdown. The kids have been out of school and they love it but I'm ready for them to go back. So what do we do when they're home and there's nothing to do? We bake. I recently got some heart cutters and molds and I have been having a great time making everything into hearts. I did some heart chocolates mixed with sprinkles and before I could even photograph them, they disappeared. I got super lucky with my Valentine's Day Brownies. They are super easy to make since I used a brownie box mix. They were also delicious and didn't last too long either. So if you're home on a cold day you can try our Valentine Day Brownie's.

Valentine's Day Brownies

Things you'll need:

1 boxed brownie mix + box ingredients
2 squares chocolate almond bark
2 squares white almond bark


Instructions

Prepare the brownie mix as instructed on the package. Be sure to liberally spray your pan with non-stick cooking spray so the brownies come out easy. Even better, line the pan with Parchment, so you can lift them out. If possible, use a pan slightly large than what's instructed. This will make your brownies a little less thick and easier to cut. Also, thinner brownies will cook quicker, so you'll need to adjust the cooking time if you do this.

When the brownies are done, allow them to cool for 15 minutes. Turn them out onto your counter, and use your hands to gently press them down. You don't want to smash them. Just press them down to even them out.


Press a cookie cutter straight down into the brownie and slightly twist. Pull the cookie cutter straight up, and gently push it out using the tips of your fingers. Be patient with this process, and you'll have perfectly-shaped hearts. I like to cut out a variety of sizes.


Turn the brownie hearts over, so the smoother side of the brownie is up. Place a wire rack over a large piece of wax paper, and place the brownies on the rack.


Melt the chocolate almond bark in the microwave by cooking for 20 - 30 seconds at a time and whisking in between. When it's completely melted and smooth, pour it into a Ziploc baggie.


Snip off the end of the baggie and drizzle the chocolate all over the brownies. You can add as much or as little as you like.


Repeat this process with the white almond bark.

I like to go back over the brownies with a second drizzling of the chocolate almond bark.

Let the brownies sit for 15 - 20 minutes or until the chocolate has hardened.

Enjoy!


Notes:

If serving this at a Valentine's Day party, use some heart-shaped decorations and pretty straws to dress up your platter!

You can use any kind of boxed brownie mix to make these, but we don't recommend brownies that are too fudgy, or they'll be harder to cut out.

The number of hearts this will make will vary depending on the box mix you use, the size of your cookie cutters, and how many you cut out. We were able to get about 17 hearts in all different sizes!

When all the hearts are cut out, you can reserve the pieces of uncut brownies for another recipe or just to snack on ;) We used our pieces to make Cherry Cheesecake Brownie Trifles.

Annmarie John
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  1. Yummy! We love brownies in our house. These look awesome.

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    1. They are awesome and super easy to make.

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  2. You had me at brownies! Seriously, I have brownie mix in the house and now I so want to make these :)

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    1. And you most certainly should. I'm sure the girls would love to help out.

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  3. Adorable brownies! Brownies are one of my favorite foods!

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    1. Oh they are one of my favorites as well and Madison just loves to gobble them up.

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  4. Those look fantastic. So much better than anything bought at the store. YUMMM!!

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    1. Well I've always said that buying at the store is not the same, your own almost always taste better.

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  5. This would be perfect for me! I could make the fancy ones for the kids to take to school and eat the leftovers and no one would be the wiser :)

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    1. You are so right. There were actually a bit left over and I made trifles with them which I plan on sharing.

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  6. I always make brownies from a box- I can't wait to try this instead!

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    1. Well since these are brownies from a box you should be good.

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  7. I am so craving brownies right now! I can't wait to make these!

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    1. Keikilani, go right ahead. I won't judge you because I pigged out on them as well. :)

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  8. We love brownies in my house. This would be such a great recipe to make with my girls for Valentine's Day. I think I will eat all the leftover pieces so as to destroy the evidence!

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    1. That's a great idea. After all you don't want any evidence left behind.

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  9. This is a perfect sweet Valentines day treat to make with my little cousins. They would enjoy eating the leftover pieces while the brownies cool off.

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    1. I think most kids love eating the left over pieces. I know mine sure do.

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  10. These look so pretty and so special. My husband would love these. I like how you did a black and white frosting decorations, I would be tempted to do ink :)
    ellen beck

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    1. I was tempted to do something red or pink but I think black and white is timeless.

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  11. You've got a knack for making things pretty. And brownies are perfect for the holiday!

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    1. Thank you Rosie. These ones were pretty easy to do however.

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  12. Love how these turned out and how you made them different sizes! My daughters would go NUTS for these. Great for a class party, too!

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    1. I totally agree that they would be perfect for a party.

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  13. These heart brownies look just as fun to bake as they are to eat!

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    1. I think eating is always more fun than baking or cooking. :)

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  14. did you see my foodstirs trainwreck brownies? they should hire you to write their instructions.

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    1. I actually did not Brandy and thank you for the recommendation. :)

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  15. OH! These are seriously right up my alley. So easy to make for sure and I think my kids would love to help decorate them

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    1. Make it a family project, I've noticed that kids love eating things that they've made in the kitchen. Gives them a sense of accomplishment.

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  16. These look so amazing. They are perfect. I would love to make this, but I'm sure mine wouldn't turn out as appealing as yours, haha. Looks delicious too, yum.

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    1. Don't underestimate yourself. You'll be surprised what you can make and do if you try and I'm sure yours might look and taste just as good. :)

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  17. Oh my goodness, these look totally scrumptious and so festive!

    Thanks for sharing!
    xoxo

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    1. Thank you Jennifer and they're pretty good to eat. :)

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  18. Oh you so had me at Brownies. I just read the Cherry Cheesecake recipe and this one goes right along with it. Maybe I can make them both in the same day. Thank you so much for them.

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    1. You're very welcome Addienne and I hope you enjoy it when you finally get around to making it.

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