I kind of love Valentine’s Day. Okay, I big, fat, puffy heart Valentine’s Day. There are just so many fun things about it, and one of them is that I can use my heart cookie cutters as much as I want. Nothing is safe–I will cut out anything into the shape of a heart! Isn’t everything cuter like that? Well, brownies were on the list this week, and I made the most adorable & yummy Layered Heart Brownies you’ve ever seen.
I just love easy these were to make, and they look like I slaved all day! They would be so perfect for any Valentine’s Day party, or for serving to your own cute family on Valentine’s Day.
I made a favorite brownie mix (these are gluten-free for my daughter), and instead of the 8×8 pan it called for, I spread it out in a 9×13 pan so they would be thinner for stacking. Once they were baked and cooled (they won’t take as long to bake, so watch them carefully!), I used a biscuit cutter to cut out as many circles as I could.
On half of the circles, I used my smaller heart cookie cutter to cut out the middle of the circle. I removed the small heart to use for later–they’re adorable to serve all on their own! I set down a full circle, frosted it, then laid the circle with the heart shape cut out of it right on top. I added a little powdered sugar, and voila! The most adorable Layered Heart Brownies ever!! Simple + cute = my favorite!
I just love them! Wouldn’t they make adorable gifts too? I think even one of these would be so cute wrapped up in clear cellophane and tied with a big bow.
- Your favorite brownie mix or recipe
- Round biscuit cutter
- Heart cookie cutter (smaller than the round one)
- 4 c. powdered sugar
- ½ c. butter, softened
- 2-4 T. half and half, or heavy cream
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- Dash salt
- Red food coloring
- Bake your favorite brownie mix or recipe and bake according to the temperature listed. To make the brownies thinner for stacking, bake them in a larger pan than the recipe calls for, and alter the baking time accordingly. Instead of an 8x8 pan that my brownie mix called for, I used a 9x13 pan, and reduced the baking time by about half, then watched them closely until they were done. Let them cool completely.
- While the brownies are baking, make your frosting by beating the powdered sugar and softened butter together with a mixer. Slowly add the half and half in until you have the right consistency--not too thick, and not too thin. Add the vanilla and salt, and beat well. Add as much food coloring as you want to achieve the right shade of pink.
- Once the brownies are cooled, use the round biscuit cutter to cut out as many hearts as possible. Remove them, and place them on a large platter or plate. In half of the circles, use the smaller heart cookie cutter to cut out a heart in the center of the circle. Remove the smaller hearts and set them aside. (You can frost them and serve them separately!)
- Frost the full circle brownies, then place the brownies with the hearts cut out on top. Sprinkle with powdered sugar!
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