Bake your way to their heart with these easy Chocolate covered Heart Brownies! Moist, fudgie and fabulous!
1cupunsweetened cocoa powder
3sticks unsalted buttercut into cubes
3large eggsat room temperature
1 3/4cupsgranulated sugar
1teaspoonvanilla bean paste or pure vanilla extract
7ouncessemi sweet chocolate chunks
2cupswhite chocolate melting wafers
16pretzel stickbroken into two equal pieces
32gummy 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.