Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Valentine Heart Brownies



1 package fudge brownie mix (13x9-in. pan size)
1/4 teaspoon mint extract
1/2 cup butter, softened
1-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
Red paste food coloring, optional
1/4 cup baking cocoa


1. Prepare brownie mix according to package directions, adding mint extract to batter. Transfer to a greased 13x9-in. baking pan. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool completely on a wire rack.

2. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, cream the butter, confectioners' sugar, vanilla and food coloring if desired until light and fluffy. Place in a heavy-duty resealable plastic bag; cut a small hole in a corner of bag. Set aside.

3. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Dust with cocoa; set aside. Cut brownies into 15 rectangles. Using a 1-1/2-in. heart-shaped cookie cutter, cut out a heart from the center of each brownie. Reserve cutout centers for another use. Place brownies on prepared baking sheet. Pipe frosting into centers of brownies.

Yield: 15 servings.

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