I typically am not one to get into the art of decorating baked goods. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy baking….and I LOVE eating, but the decorating part I just don’t have patience for.
Last week, I was in the mood for a brownie, but I had to go grocery shopping first. As I was browsing the aisles, I came across a heart shaped cookie cutter and some Valentine themed sprinkles. Since the kids weren’t due home from school for a few more hours, I decided to enter the world of decorating. I got home and quickly whipped up a batch a homemade fudge brownies (see recipe below). I made my go-to buttercream frosting and once those brownies were cooled, got to work. Using the heart cookie cutter, I made heart shaped brownies. I followed it up with dyed frosting (pink of course) and sprinkles. The end result was so cute!!
The kids came home a bit later and LOVED their special treats. I must admit, I thoroughly enjoyed my baking/decorating adventure and may need to do it again for upcoming Holidays going forward. Who knew that a basic cookie cutter, some frosting, and sprinkles could make for a fun afternoon!!
Happy Valentine’s Day!! Enjoy!
- 1/2 cup salted butter
- 8 oz. coarsely chopped semi-sweet chocolate
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 3 eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup flour
- 2 tbsp. flour
- 2 tbsp. cocoa powder
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
- 4 cups powdered sugar
- 2 tbsp. milk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Melt butter and chocolate in saucepan over medium heat. Stir frequently to avoid burning.
- Remove from heat and pour mixture into medium bowl, allowing to cool for about 10 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 350 and line an 8 x 8 baking pan with foil. Make sure foil overhangs on sides to make for easier removal.
- Whisk the sugar and brown sugar into the cooled chocolate mixture.
- Add in the eggs one at a time.
- Whisk in the vanilla extract.
- Gently fold in the flour, cocoa powder, salt, and chocolate chips.
- Pour batter into prepared baking pan and bake in oven for 35-40 minutes. *Be sure to check them starting at 30 minutes since all ovens cook differently.
- Remove pan from oven and allow to cool completely!
- While brownies are cooling, beat butter until fluffy.
- Gradually add in the powdered sugar, heavy cream, and vanilla.
- Whip until fluffy and consistency desired is reached.
- Use a cookie cutter of choice to shape brownies.
- Carefully place cut out brownie on cooling rack for easy decorating. If desired, dye frosting with food coloring
- Spread frosting on top of brownies, along with sprinkles! Serve!