Valentines Brownies

filed under: Brownies on January 18, 2010

I don’t know if you noticed, but I am sorta doing a ‘series’ on Valentines Day desserts. We had breakfast. We had lunch. And now, its snack time.

Did you know that I love brownies? My mom taught me her recipe when I was eight years old. Its wonderful. I have always been proud of that very special brownie recipe that was handed down through the generations.

Valentine's Brownie's!

I started out with this design, but it seemed a bit…cupcakeish… so I changed things up.

Valentine's Brownie's!

Valentine's Brownie's!

I actually used a heart cookie cutter and cut out the center to fill it with frosting.

Valentine's Brownie's!

Turns out those little brownie bites are perfect for tiny fingers…

Valentine's Brownie's!

Then I tried to class the brownies up a bit… right here is where you laugh my idea that Welches Sparkling Cider is classy.

Valentine's Brownie's!

 

They ended up being kinda cute.

BUT! They are for a snack… not for the (THE) dessert of the night.

So I wrapped them up in parchment paper and put them in a special box and tied the most masculine knot I could manage… because they would be for my sweet hubby of course.

But I can imagine that if you wanted to do this for a child, a fun, colorful, age appropriate ribbon would be the only change needed.

Valentine's Brownie's!


Now. If you wanted to go super easy just get a .99 box of brownie mix, and can of frosting, and spend less then an hour total, you could make someone in your life feel pretty darn special.

I personally think that is just as wonderful and just as thoughtful as baking them from scratch. Seeing as I have such total over achievers for readers, I knew you would appreciate a really good brownie recipe.

Valentine’s Brownies
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
1 hr
 

Did you know that I love brownies? My mom taught me her recipe when I was eight years old. Its wonderful.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Valentine’s Brownies
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Amanda Rettke
Ingredients
  • 2/3 cup butter or margarine
  • 5 ounces unsweetened baking chocolate chopped into pieces
  • 1 3/4 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
Instructions
  1. Position one of your oven racks in the middle of the oven.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350F degrees. Grease a 9-inch square baking pan with nonstick cooking spray or shortening.

  3. In a small saucepan, melt the butter and chocolate over low heat, stirring frequently. Remove from the heat and cool slightly, about 5 minutes.

  4. In a large bowl beat the sugar, vanilla, and egg with an electric mixer on high speed for 5 minutes, scraping down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula if necessary to make sure everything is well blended.

  5. Beat in the chocolate mixture with the mixer on low speed, scraping the bowl occasionally as necessary.
  6. Add the flour and beat on low speed just until blended.
  7. Spread batter into the prepared pan.
  8. Bake 40 to 45 minutes or just until the brownies begin to pull away from the sides of the pan and center is set.

  9. Remove from the oven and place the pan on a wire rack to cool completely, about 2 hours.

Based on Bettys Recipe.

I had leftover frosting in my fridge, so just used that. Here is the original recipe.

Makes enough for one 2-layer 9-inch cake or 2 dozen cupcakes*

Vanilla Almond Buttercream
Prep Time
10 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Vanilla Almond Buttercream
Servings: 6 servings
Author: Amanda Rettke
Ingredients
  • 1 cup 2 sticks unsalted butter, softened
  • 6 to 8 cups confectionersā sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
Instructions
  1. Place the butter in a large mixing bowl. Add 4 cups of the sugar and then the milk and vanilla. On the medium speed of an electric mixer, beat until smooth and creamy, about 3-5 minutes.

  2. Gradually add the remaining sugar, 1 cup at a time, beating well after each addition (about 2 minutes), until the icing is thick enough to be of good spreading consistency. You may not need to add all of the sugar.

Valentine's Brownie's!

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  • Mansi says:

    Please pass on that box to me! its mine!!:) I love adding Espresso and Kahlua to my brownies, just for the kick!:)
    btw, This would be perfect for the Valentine special giveaway I’m hosting on my blog, if you’d be kind enough to participate!:)
    http://www.funandfoodcafe.com/2010/02/valentine-super-bowl-recipe-carnival.html

  • Bizu Philippines says:

    I love brownies and this is one is different it looks so delicious and the design was great i love to eat this,i will try doing this soon. 🙂
    vee

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    Very Delicious Recipes I would
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    The retailers jack up the prices on all the items on the list, the public shops like crazy and no one really saves any money. I love brownies and this is one is different it looks so delicious and the design was great i love to eat this,i will try doing this soon. 🙂

  • Regina Martelloni says:

    What size pan did you bake these brownies in? Gorgeous! In the middle of making now….just made my icing, but am not sure what size pan?

  • Comprare Xenical says:

    these cakes seem delicous…

  • Heather says:

    interesting! although I have no expert, but I want to know more and more, on your blog just interesting and useful information. Keep it up!

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  • Maggy says:

    This looks heavenly!! I’ve got to make this!!

  • brandy says:

    I will deffinetly be making these for my man ,,, i couldnt think of anything thats fit for the most masculan man ever !!! that wouldnt seem to sweet” for him….i have seen him order this brownie cake thing before with some sort of cream fill in the centre ,,,, and the masculan ribbon deffinetly tops the cake !!! thank you !! now i will have the perfect gesture … a way to a mans heart is his stomache 😉

  • rosalind says:

    Was wondering if dark chocolate could be used in place of unsweetened? Love your recipes.

  • seema says:

    hi mam, i tried these brownies today. it was too sweet and buttery. i put 300 grams sugar and 150 grams butter.pls let me know

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