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Valentine’s Day Brownies With A Dollop Of Chocolate Frosting

It’s Valentine’s Day, let’s indulge! 
Who doesn’t love chocolate? For that matter, who doesn’t love brownies with just a drop of rich, creamy frosting like your grandma used to make? Surprise the one(s) you love with this dessert from the heart! 

I went to Coast Hardware–one of my favorite stores in town–to get a heart shaped cookie cutter and came out with a heart shaped brownie pan, three heart shaped cookie cutters, two heart-covered tea towels and the red heart doilies you see in the picture. You know what they say, presentation is everything.

Okay, I admit it, Better Crocker helped with this batch–but you can make your favorite recipe or get a little help from Betty–I won’t tell. But the frosting is from scratch–and really good.
I sprayed Pam on the bottom of the pan and let them cool for an hour before removing them. I used a sharp knife to gently cut around the shape and they came out easily.
  • 3 TBS butter
  • 1 1/2 cups sifted powdered sugar
  • 2 TBS milk
  • 2 TBS cocoa
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • Candy hearts to decorate
  1. Melt the butter in a small saucepan.
  2. Add cocoa and remove from heat.
  3. Stir in milk.
  4. Add powdered sugar and vanilla.
  5. Stir until smooth.
Put a dollop on each brownie and top with a candy heart. Arrange them on a red heart doily and no one will know you had a little help with the batter. 
However you like your brownies–plain, frosted or with ice cream–Valentine’s Day is the perfect excuse to indulge–that is, after you’re done licking the bowl!
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