Valentine Brownies

Valentine’s day — affectionately referred to by the bf as the hallmark holiday. After checking all my fellow baking bloggers, I couldn’t resist and had to make something that was red and pink too. These were baked on a late night after work, and I had to get it all done in one evening because they were to be boxed and shipped out to my parents and my sister in time for Valentine’s Day on Saturday. I kept it simple and started off with brownies made from a box (gasp!) and my cookie cutter.

Make sure the brownies are thin enough so your cookie cutter doesn’t get lost inside and you can’t pull it out. After punching out the hearts, I dipped them into a large bowl of melted Candy Melts. Mine were Wilton Red Candy Melts, and the white ones were dipped in melted almond bark. I started by dipping the bottoms, placing it on my fork, and scooping up more to pour on top. Then just tap away until the excess falls off, and place on a baking sheet with a silicon mat on it to prevent sticking.

Add sprinkes or colored sugar! The sprinkles have to be added on pretty fast, since the minute you put the brownie hearts down, they start to dry and form a shell. In between I  had to remelt the candy in the microwave as it started to get thin, and speckled with brownie crumbs. And that’s where the sprinkles come in. Use generously.

Once they’re dry, you just peel them off, snap off some of the excess candy to trim it down, and they’re finished!

And they’re boxed up and ready to be shipped to Texas and LA. Mom and Dad were super excited, and my sister was pleasantly surprised and said they ruined her diet. No kidding, same here.

– Ai


2 Responses to “Valentine Brownies”

  1. 1 Minho February 18, 2010 at 11:24 pm

    Hallmark Holiday..hmm

  2. 2 sunny April 1, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    awww i like how your parents were super excited. made w/ so much love!!! btw, im not photographer or anything so it doesnt mean much but your pictures are really good!

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