Every year in February, do you ponder what to give your significant other for Valentine’s Day? I do. As the day creeps up on us, don’t we find ourselves in a guilty panic that we haven’t planned anything yet? Maybe we haven’t even bought a beautiful, but overpriced, $7 greeting card? Or, maybe that’s as far as we’ve gotten in our planning. Need gift ideas? See a list of gift ideas near the bottom of this post.
Besides a heart-shaped box of chocolates and red roses, what is more related to Valentine’s Day than conversation hearts candy? If your significant other is like me, they love sweets. Cute looking homemade heart-shaped brownies will perk up anyone’s mood and make them feel a warm sentiment on Valentine’s Day!
It shows you took some time to make a gift and is a fun activity to do with your kids. They will love these brownies. Mine couldn’t stay away from the brownies and icing bowl.
By the way, I can’t take credit for this idea. I found a few similar ideas on other blogs, Food Network, Duncan Hines, etc. and thought they would be cute to make for a Valentine’s Party I’m hosting for my MOMS Club.
These tasty and decorative brownies would be cute to take to work on Valentine’s Day for your co-workers to enjoy.
They are easy to make but, they do take some time to prepare. Boxed brownies are good but, don’t compare to taste of homemade brownies with homemade buttercream icing! What a treat!
Making the Conversation Heart Brownies
First, I made the brownies. I used the brownie and buttercream icing recipes from my Peppermint Brownies Recipe except I omitted the peppermint extract from the icing and only used half of the chocolate chips. However, I suggest omitting the chocolate chips altogether because it is more difficult to cut through the chips to make the brownies heart-shaped. Leave the chips in if you don’t mind them not being perfectly shaped. I used a heart-shaped cookie cutter for the outline and then cut them with a sharp knife.
I froze the brownies once they cooled and defrosted them the next day. You do not have to freeze them but, I do think freezing them makes them more easily to cut (without the brownies sticking to the knife) and obtaining perfectly heart-shaped brownies.
Pictured below are the decorating items I used.
I split the icing into a batch of thirds to make three different colors: pastel yellow, lavender and pink. I put in one drop of yellow food coloring to make the yellow, one drop of red dye to make the pink and one each of red and blue to make the lavender. I suggest using a separate bowl for the yellow so it doesn’t get mixed with the other colors. Aren’t the pastel colors darling? You can make the pastel blue if you choose just by adding a drop of blue food coloring to the white icing.
TIP: Make the pink icing first and then take it out of the bowl. Then add one-third of the white icing to the same bowl with one drop each red and blue food coloring to make the lavender icing. This eliminates washing a third bowl.
After I carefully cut each brownie into heart shapes and made the yellow, lavender and pink icing, I was ready to frost the brownies.
TIP: To smooth out the top of the icing, after the icing dried a bit, I dipped a knife into a small bowl of water and gently smoothed out the icing so it would be flatter.
Using red sparkle icing gel, I wrote on the brownies in capital letters, per real conversation heart candy: LUV, BE MINE, CALL ME, TEXT ME, YOU ROCK, etc. You can personalize your own. This would be a cute way to propose marriage or prom with a big “MARRY ME” or “Prom?” heart-shaped brownie in a pastry box with a big red bow!
You may like my Almond Sour Cream Pound Cake with Heart-Shaped Strawberries which is also heart-shaped and perfect for Valentine’s Day!
Here is a list of gift ideas, albeit some are traditional, to help you to decide:
- wrist watch, jewelry, perfume or cologne (most people like at least one of these)
- massage gift card or couples massage (who doesn’t like a massage?)
- a hand painted personalized painting of a heart with your names in it (I love this idea)
- promise cards- back rub, favorite homemade dinner, etc.
- nice dinner reservations (I personally like this one)
- fresh flowers of course (yep, I like this one too)
- heart-shaped box of chocolates (another winner for me)
- red lingerie, hot drawn bath and champagne (is my husband reading this?)
However you choose to celebrate Valentine’s Day with your spouse, lover or children, I hope you have a sweet Valentine’s Day!
Conversation Heart Brownies
- Chocolate Brownies:
- 3 eggs
- 2 tsp of vanilla extract
- 2 cups of sugar
- 2 sticks of butter, melted
- 1 cup of flour
- 3/4 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp of salt
- Buttercream Frosting:
- 1/2 stick of butter, softened
- 2 cups of powdered sugar
- 2 tbs of half and half creamer, or more
- red gel icing
- yellow, blue and red food coloring
- Chocolate Brownies:
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- In a large mixing bowl, beat eggs and vanilla extract. Add sugar and melted butter and mix until blended.
- Add flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt. Mix just until blended..
- Pour into a greased 13"x 9"x 3" baking dish and bake at 350F for 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
- Buttercream Frosting:
- In a medium mixing bowl, add softened butter and mix until creamy (about one minute.) Add powdered sugar, and half and half creamer. Mix until smooth. If the frosting consistency is still hard, you may add a teaspoon more of half and half creamer.
- Divide the icing batch into thirds. Add one drop of yellow food coloring to one third of the icing to make yellow icing. Add one drop of red food coloring to one third of icing to make pink icing. Add one drop each of red and blue food coloring to make lavender icing.
- Heart-shaped Brownie Assembly:
- After the brownies have cooled,
- Using a heart-shaped cookie cutter, make imprints on brownies and cut them out with a sharp knife.
- Spread frosting over the top in a thin layer onto each brownie.
- With a wet knife, gently smooth out the icing to make it flatter.
- Using red gel icing, write short phrases on top of the buttercream frosting