In the Kitchen for Valentine’s Day: Brownie Hearts

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Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. We thought we would share a fun idea. Delicious brownies in the shapes of hearts. What you will need: a heart-shaped cookie cutter that can be found at a craft store, on etsy.com, or at a cooking store.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 2 1/2 cups packed light-brown sugar
  • 6 ounces unsweetened chocolate
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons of honey
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Confectioners’ sugar, colored sugar, cocoa, or crushed toffee bits, for decoration

Directions:

  1. To start, preheat oven to 325 degrees. Butter bottom of a 9-by-13-inch baking pan; cut a piece of waxed paper to fit the bottom, and press it onto the buttered surface. In a large microwave-safe bowl, combine butter, brown sugar, honey, and chocolate. Microwave on high for 1 minute; stir. If the chocolate is not softened, continue to microwave at 10-second intervals, removing before it’s completely melted.
  2. Beat eggs and vanilla into the melted chocolate with a wooden spoon (ideal). Beat in flour and salt. Pour batter into the prepared pan, and smooth the top. Just like your grandmother told you, bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out almost clean. It will take 35 to 40 minutes. Let cool.
  3. Run a knife around the edge of the pan. Turn the brownie cake out onto a baking sheet, and flip over onto your work space. Finally, cut out the brownies with a 2 1/2-inch heart-shaped cookie cutter. Cut the excess into little bites to save for yourself.
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Published in: on January 28, 2013 at 7:51 pm  Leave a Comment  

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