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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
  • Total Time
    Prep: 35 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    15 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 package fudge brownie mix (13x9-in. 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 13x9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool completely on a wire rack.
  • Meanwhile, in a small bowl, cream the butter, confectioners' sugar, vanilla and, if desired, food coloring until light and fluffy. Transfer to a pastry bag. Set aside.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment. 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.
Nutrition Facts
1 brownie: 334 calories, 18g fat (6g saturated fat), 42mg cholesterol, 201mg sodium, 41g carbohydrate (30g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.
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  • amk4985
    Feb 5, 2014

    great way to involve the kids in making treats! Might be a little extra work but worth it to have them involved.

  • cherrylady
    Feb 4, 2014

    Such a cute idea for just a little more effort! Everyone's made ordinary rectangle brownies. Why not give a litte extra (a labor of love)? I'm going to make these today! Thanks for sharing a fun idea!

  • lorenmom
    Feb 4, 2014

    Such a cute idea. I tried these last night and the kids loved them. They all asked me to make them again for their school party. This time we ate the cutouts, but I think next time we will make them into fruit cabobs.

  • deborah.gonzales
    Feb 4, 2014

    Seems like a lot of work when you could just pipe the hearts on top of the brownies and then you get to eat the whole brownie, instead of the middle being missing...

  • lesparker
    Jan 13, 2013

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