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Valentine Heart Brownies

 Valentine Heart Brownies
Steal hearts this Valentine's Day with brownies that have cute frosting centers. They're simply irresistible. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen
15 ServingsPrep: 35 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1 package fudge brownie mix (13-inch x 9-inch pan size)
  • 1/4 teaspoon mint extract
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Red paste food coloring, optional
  • 1/4 cup baking cocoa

Directions

  • Prepare brownie mix according to package directions, adding mint
  • extract to batter. Transfer to a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan.
  • Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted
  • near the center comes out clean. Cool completely on a wire rack.
  • Meanwhile, in a small bowl, cream the butter, confectioners' sugar,
  • vanilla and food coloring if desired until light and fluffy. Place
  • in a heavy-duty resealable plastic bag; cut a small hole in a corner
  • of bag. Set aside.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Dust with cocoa; set aside.
  • Cut brownies into 15 rectangles. Using a 1-1/2-in. heart-shaped
  • cookie cutter, cut out a heart from the center of each brownie.
  • Reserve cutout centers for another use. Place brownies on prepared
  • baking sheet. Pipe frosting into centers of brownies. Yield: 15
  • servings.