Chocolate Brownie Hearts
Hi everyone, I’m Mary Ellen and I blog at Recipes Food and Cooking. I am excited to be here sharing these Brownie Hearts with you. I love giving homemade treats at Valentine’s Day and chocolate doesn’t disappoint anyone. At least no one I know.
Did you know Valentine’s Day has been celebrated in one way or another since the Middle Ages in England? The card companies got involved at the beginning of the 19th century. I remember our first Valentines was when we made them in school. It was so much fun to give Valentine’s to everyone in our class and we always did a special one for the teacher. Today I try to make a treat for my friends to enjoy. This year it is going to be these Brownie Hearts.
These are easy to make because they start with your favorite brownie mix. You are going to bake the brownies on a cookie sheet. The size of the cookie cutter will determine how many hearts you’ll get. If you use a 2 inch heart cookie cutter you should get 24 hearts or 12 servings. I used a 2 1/2 inch heart cutter and got 18 hearts or 9 servings. Then it is time to fill them with my favorite chocolate buttercream. Next comes the ganache, see I told you these were easy, right?
You don’t need to pipe the buttercream on but it does make it neater. I then decided to crumbcoat the outside of the hearts with the buttercream. (you can also skip this step if serving right away and just do the ganache) To smooth the buttercream out have a glass with hot water in it and dip your knife into it. Take the knife and smooth out the buttercream. My mom used to decorate wedding cakes when I was small. I watched her transform many a cake with hot water and a knife.
After you make your ganache, let it cool for about 15 minutes before attempting to put it on the brownies. I used a spoon and put several spoonfuls on top close to the edges. Spread it out with a knife around the edges, then do the tops. If it gets to thick warm it up a little over the heat. It won’t take much, stir it while it is getting warm. When you start to see the mixture getting thinner, remove it from the heat and keep stirring.
Chocolate Brownie Hearts with Ganache
1 18 – 20 ounces brownie mix made according to package directions baked in a 9 x 13 cookie sheet lined with parchment paper
2/3 cup cocoa
1/2 cup whipping cream
1/2 cup butter
pinch of salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 cups confectioners sugar
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon corn syrup
1/2 lb. chocolate chips or bars
Make the brownie mix according to package directions. Place a piece of parchment on a 9 x 13 inch cookie sheet. Add batter and spread out evenly.