I’ve got an easy little hack to make a double-duty Valentine’s Day treat for all of your sweethearts! Since we’ll likely all be spending Valentine’s Day hunkered down together, I took my favorite boxed brownie mix (Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate Brownies, omg) and made a kid friendly batch to celebrate with Jane, and a grown-up version to serve for a special “date-night” with my husband.
Make the box-mix as directed, but instead of baking your brownies in a baking dish, scoop the batter into a silicon heart mold. You’ll have to adjust the baking time for these smaller, individual brownie bites — about 20-25 minutes. Once the brownies are cooked, let them cool completely and then chill in the freezer for about 15 minutes before removing them from the molds. The cold will also help the brownies keep their shape when you add the toppings. Divide the brownies into two batches and top half of the brownie hearts with icing (tinted pink or red if you please!) and festive Valentine’s Day sprinkles.
Reserve the other half of the undecorated brownies until you’re to serve them. When it’s time for your date night desserts, drizzle each dark chocolate brownie with warm caramel sauce and top with quality sea salt. I love Louis Sel’s Fleur De Sel for topping desserts like this (and a perfect Valentine’s Day gift for a foodie in your life, paired a funny card for your salty sweetheart!). One quick box of brownies, two easy desserts, and all of your sweethearts who will be happy with their Valentine’s Day treats!
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