The perfect sweet treat for the one you love, these easy to make Valentine Heart Brownies are cuter than cupid. Great for school parties or a festive dessert for your sweetheart.
I feel like we were just talking about Valentine’s Day like a month ago. How did one year fly by that quickly? Just for the record (and a reminder for those of you that still visit me ***thank you!***)….Valentine’s Day is my LEAST favorite holiday. I wanted to love it…I really did and I tried for many, many years but I guess….I guess I’m a woman scorned. Or something like that. The past few years have been a little better…my little guy is really getting into decorating the house for the holidays and so…I have a ton of hearts all over the kitchen. It’s actually quite lovely given that we are now in the dead of winter and a little red, pink and white really does brighten up the place.
Plus, we can make fun things like Chocolate Dipped Heart Shaped Marshmallows and Valentine Heart Brownies with edible arrows. I mean, how cute is Valentine’s Day….right? So, now I’m smitten with all the hearts and we’re even planning a family dinner to celebrate the occasion because it is all about celebrating the ones you love. It doesn’t mean you have to buy lacy underwear…you can wear comfy granny panties and call it a day. In comfort, without a wedgie. Yes, this is the Valentine’s Day of my dreams.
And what’s Valentine’s anyway without chocolate….fudgy, sweet chocolate. I made a batch of my favorite fudge brownies and cut them into cute heart shapes using a cookie cutter. There you go….Valentine Heart Brownies. Easy, peasy. Then I drizzled them with white and pink chocolate. BUT I didn’t stop there, I made super cute arrows out of pretzel sticks and gummy hearts by breaking the pretzel in half then sticking a heart on each end. I stuffed the broken end of the pretzel into the brownie and, voila, I am now Martha Stewart-ing. And the kids LOVE these!
They’re perfect for school parties or just as a fun sweet treat after your family Valentine dinner. These Valentine Heart Brownies are as easy to make as these Red Velvet Oreo Truffles….which are a great dessert idea, too! Why not make both!!! Or have a dessert dinner and add in this Red Velvet Cake as the centerpiece….it is a HOLIDAY after all.
You can check out a tutorial from my Fox 29 Good Day segment along with a few other treats right here!
Valentine Heart Brownies
- 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 3 sticks unsalted butter, cut into cubes
- 3 large eggs, at room temperature
- 1 3/4 cups granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste or pure vanilla extract
- 7 ounces semi sweet chocolate chunks
- 2 cups white chocolate melting wafers
- 16 pretzel stick, broken into two equal pieces
- 32 gummy candy hearts
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Butter and flour a 9 inch square baking pan, set aside.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder and salt, set aside.
- In a small saucepan, melt half the butter over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Put the remaining butter in a medium bowl and pour the melted butter over top and stir to melt. The butter should look creamy but still have small pieces of unmelted butter throughout.
- In the bowl of a stand mixer, mix the eggs and sugar on medium until thick and pale yellow. Add the vanilla and turn the mixer to low, add 1/3 of the dry ingredients to the mixer and then 1/3 of the butter stirring. Continue alternating ingredients until well combined. Add the chocolate and mix well.
- Pour the batter into the prepared baking pan and spread evenly. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until a cake tester inserted into the center comes out with a few crumbs sticking to it. Cool in the pan until the brownie is just a bit warmer than room temperature.
- Run a knife around the edges of the brownie and invert onto a cutting board.
- Using a heart shaped cookie cutter, cut out brownies and set aside.
- Place the chocolate in a microwave safe bowl and melt in the microwave at 30 second increments, stirring each time until smooth.
- Divide the chocolate between two zip top bags. Add pink food coloring to one of the bags and stir to combine.
- Snip off one corner of the bag and drizzle the chocolate over the brownie hearts.
- Snip the corner off of the remaining bag of melted chocolate and drizzle over the brownie hearts.
- Allow the chocolate to cool and firm up.
- Assemble the arrows by sticking one end of the broken pretzel into the top of one gummy heart. Make the other half of the arrow by sticking one end of the remaining pretzel half into the bottom of a gummy heart.
- Gently push the broken end of each arrow into the heart on opposite sides to form the arrow.
- Repeat with remaining arrows and hearts.