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Get ready for Valentine’s Day with heart-shaped food of all kinds, including these easy one-bowl fudgy brownies – for per for your Valentine! They are so easy to whip up with simple everyday ingredients, cut out with heart-shaped stencils, and decorated with cute pink and red sprinkles
When it comes to making cute brownies, these are the best! Not only do you get a delicious homemade brownie recipe to use over and over again, but you’ll have so much fun making them festive and adorable (and delicious!) for Valentine’s Day!
why you’ll love these heart brownies
- They’re gooey and delicious! (Seriously – the best texture!)
- The recipe for making brownies from scratch is verstaile to use for other times of the year.
- You can’t go wrong with heart brownies for Valentine’s Day!
ingredients to make fudgy brownies
- Vegetable oil: Vegetable oil is what’s used to bind the ingredients together and also great a moistness to the batter so that the brownies aren’t dry once baked.
- Granulated sugar: Everyone loves chewy brownies that are sweet so adding in a bit of sugar accomplishes that.
- Eggs: The eggs are another binding agent to create a good texture.
- Vanilla: The subtle hint of vanilla is so good with these homemade brownies!
- Cocoa powder: Cocoa powder is the perfect way to add a dark color and a heavy chocolate flavor.
- All-purpose flour: Flour is the main ingredient in this recipe and is what will give you those nice, chewy brownies!
- Chocolate chips: Adding chocolate chips is such a simple way to get more of that yummy chocolate flavor.
- Seasoning: A pinch of salt is all you’ll have to add.
how to make fudgy brownies
mix the batter
- In a mixing bowl, add the oil and the sugar and mix until combined.
- Next, add in the eggs and vanilla and combine.
- There shouldn’t be any lumps and it should be a tad bit thick in texture at this point.
- Add in the flour and cocoa powder and mix.
- The coloring should now be darker and look like brownie batter.
- Fold in the chocolate chips.
bake & cutout brownies
- Add the bronwnie mixture to a prepared pan and level it out as best possible.
- Put the brownie batter mixture and pan in the oven to bake.
- Remove the cooked brownies from the pan and use a heart cookie cutter to make heart brownies.
- Add sprinkes on top and enjoy!
tips for making fudgy brownies
- Don’t overmix the brownie batter: The batter is simple to make so there is no reason to overmix it. Just stir until combined and add to the pan.
- Line the pan with parchment paper: If you’re worried that the brownies are going to stick to the pan, line it with parchment paper before adding in the batter.
- Make it simple to remove the cooked brownies: The easiest way to remove the brownies from the pan is to have an excess of parchment paper kind of hanging over the sides. When the mixture is cooked and ready to take out of the pan, you can lift up on the parchment paper and remove the entire batch easily.
- Press down a bit on the sprinkles: To get to sprinkles to stick to the top of the brownies. you may need to press down on them gently once you’ve added them to the top.
how to store heart shaped brownies
Since this makes quite a few Valentine brownies, you’ll want to be sure to store them in an airtight container. They can be stored at room temperature or in the fridge, up to you and your preference.
frequently asked questions
Fat content is really key to giving brownies that fudgy texture. The oil in this recipe helps to create a texture that is fudgy and dense.
You can! Freezing brownies for later is a great way to get to enjoy them again. Remember to let the brownies cool down completely before storing them in a freezer-safe bag. As long as they’re sealed, they should last for up to 2 months in the freezer.
You may have cooked the brownies for too long in the oven. Overcooked brownies tend to be dried out and have a crumbly texture rather than a dense and moist one.
Sprinkles are always fun and a great way to change up the look. However, frosting and even a glaze are great, too! You can even melt chocolate chips and drizzle some of that melted chocolate right on top as well.
Have fun making these Valentine’s Day brownies! They’re a simple and easy brownie recipe that you can share with your loved ones! Everyone knows that the way to ANYONE’S heart is through their stomach so this recipe for homemade brownies is perfect!
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This Fudgy Brownies recipe was originally published on February 8, 2017. I modified the recipe slightly to make it easier to make in one bowl and this post now includes more tips, substitution ideas and step-by-step photos.
Fudgy Valentine Brownies
- Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line an 8×8 baking pan with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the oil and sugar until the sugar dissolves. Beat the eggs and vanilla until well combined.
- Add the cocoa powder, flour and salt and stir until thoroughly combined. Fold in the chocolate chips.
- Pour the batter into the prepared pan and use a spatula to smooth the top. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out with only a few crumbs. It’s better to under bake the brownies than to overbake them.
- Allow to cool completely for at least 30 minutes on a wire rack.
- Use a heart shaped stencil to cut the brownies into heart shapes. Add sprinkles if desired. Store the rest of the pieces for snacking.
Nutrition information provided is an estimate. It will vary based on cooking method and specific ingredients used.