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February 02 2016 @ 06:00 am
Fudgy Brownie Hearts with Raspberry Buttercream  
It is getting to be about the time you want to gather a few fun idea for Valentine's Day. I don't really celebrate mostly because, so far, I have no Valentine but it is still fun to show those loved ones in your life that you appreciate them. Chocolate totally does that.

What You'll Need
for the brownies:
1 cup butter
2 cup sugar
4 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
powdered sugar, to sprinkle on the finished brownie hearts

for the fresh raspberry buttercream:
1/2 c. unsalted butter, at room temperature
12 oz. raspberries, fresh or frozen
1/2 tsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice
3-1/2 c. powdered sugar
pinch of kosher salt
1 to 2 T. milk, if needed to thin out the frosting

Mix It Up

for the brownies:

  1. Preheat oven to 350° (I do 325°).

  2. Put parchment paper down in a 13x9 pan.

  3. In a large saucepan (non-stick works best), melt butter. Remove from heat and stir in sugar eggs and vanilla.

  4. Beat in cocoa, flour and baking powder.

  5. Spread into pan.

  6. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes until slightly puffed and dry-looking.

  7. Let cool completely in pan on rack.

for raspberry buttercream:

  1. Cook the raspberries in a medium saucepan over medium heat, stirring frequently until the raspberries are broken down into a sauce.

  2. Pour the sauce through a fine mesh strainer to remove the seeds, and then pour the raspberry sauce back in the pot.

  3. Simmer until the sauce reduces to a 1/4 cup. It will be a very rich red and concentrated sauce. Set aside to cool.

  4. With a mixer, cream the butter with a paddle attachment on medium high speed about 2 minutes, until lightened in color and a bit fluffy.

  5. Add 2 cups of powdered sugar, the 1/4 cup of cooled raspberry sauce, lemon juice, and salt. Mix until smooth.

  6. Add another 1-1/2 cups of powdered sugar and mix until smooth.

  7. If you want the frosting less stiff, add some milk, 1 tablespoon at a time.

  8. Fit a pastry bag with a medium-large round tip and fill with fresh raspberry buttercream. OR you can put it in a zip-lock and cut off a bottom corner. OR try spreading on brownies with warm knife.

  9. You can also buy frosting if you wish but this recipe sounds divine!

making your filled brownies:

  1. Run a knife around the inside edge of the brownie pan. Gently lift the brownies from the pan.

  2. Press heart-shaped cookie cutters firmly into the cooled brownie. You can use multiple sizes for a fun assortment. Arrow shapes would be fun too.

  3. Use a thin metal spatula to lift the cookie cutter filled with brownie from the foil.

  4. Gently press the brownie out of the cookie cutter. Repeat.

  5. Eat scrapes along the way.

  6. With the pastry bag filled with fresh raspberry buttercream, pipe a line of frosting around the inside edge of one of the brownie hearts. Then fill in the inside of the line with frosting, too. OR spread frosting on top of one brownie.

  7. Top with another brownie heart, very gently pressing down to make a sandwich. Repeat until all your brownie hearts are completed.

  8. To finish off, sprinkle the brownie hearts with powdered sugar.

Honestly, I think just about anyone would be happy to get a taste of these. And while this is a bit fancy there are simple ways to make it less so without sacrificing the look and sentiment. However, I will never go back to box brownies again.

Source: Brownies


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supernutjapan: valentinessupernutjapan on February 2nd, 2016 02:08 pm (UTC)
I have this in my pinterest board too :D Was just looking at it the other day to try to decide what to make with my daughter.
Jill aka Josireesanwar on February 2nd, 2016 05:46 pm (UTC)
I thought it was a marvelous idea and I really had to share it. Mine is a little different because I just used the homemade brownie recipe I have.

Still amazing.
 Late Night Drops of Random: Sparkling eyemoondropz on February 2nd, 2016 02:11 pm (UTC)
These look amazing-thanks!
Phoenixburned_phoenix on February 2nd, 2016 02:18 pm (UTC)
That looks sinful *drools* :D
birggittbirggitt on February 3rd, 2016 02:13 pm (UTC)
Well, my country never really took to Valentine's Day, even when for a while there was a lot of commercial pressure to do so. When we are remembered about it, we go with the 'love my friends, my family, my pets, love all around' kind of celebration :P

I think that it says a lot of us as society that the big celebration in my country is 'Friendship Day'. You won't find any place in restaurantes, coffee shops or similar if you weren't smart enough to book it way ahead of time :P

So, this will probably ve done as presents to my friends for this year Friendship Day :)
tracyj23: Flowers - Daisytracyj23 on February 4th, 2016 03:48 pm (UTC)
This looks yummy. I"ll have to give it a try. :)
Jill aka Josireesanwar on February 12th, 2016 01:22 am (UTC)
Yes. Yum.
Kaylee Winchester: Supernatural - Dean Smileroguem on February 17th, 2016 02:55 pm (UTC)
Oh, that looks really yummy.

Might have to try it.
Jill aka Josireesanwar on February 19th, 2016 07:04 pm (UTC)
We made them for Valentine's day only I didn't go as far as the frosting. I just didn't have the time. But still delicious.