Valentine's Day Brownies

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These rich and fudgy Valentine’s Day Brownies are an easy, delicious treat that you can whip up in no time! Did Valentine’s Day sneak up on you this year? No worries, these decadent bites of delight take less than an hour from start to finish, and make the most yummy gift for your Valentine!

About this Valentine's Day Brownie Recipe

Brownies are a universally loved dessert, but so many brownie recipes I’ve tried are too dry, not fudgy enough, or just pretty mediocre. I wanted to create a brownie recipe that was rich, flavorful, and decadent. These Valentine’s Day Brownies are just that. I have to say, THESE are my ideal brownies! Even without the frosting, they are perfect.

My Valentine’s Day Brownies use lots of chocolate. For this quarter sheet tray sized batch, I used over a pound of chocolate! I also decided to swap out some of the flour for cocoa powder, so it’s that much more chocolatey. The pinch of salt, dark brown sugar, and splash of vanilla really amp up the flavor. These brownies are BURSTING with flavor.

Ingredients for This Recipe

To make this Valentine’s Day Brownies recipe, you’ll need the following ingredients.

  •  Unsalted butter
  • 70% cocoa chocolate
  • Dark brown sugar
  • eggs
  • Vanilla Extract
  • All-purpose flour
  • Dark cocoa powder (you can use regular cocoa powder if you prefer)
  • Baking powder
  • Salt
  • Semi sweet chocolate chips
  • Powdered sugar
  • Heavy Cream

How to Make Valentine's Day Brownies

This Valentine’s Day Brownies recipe is quick to throw together. If you need a last minute Valentine’s Day treat, this is the move! 

Step 1. Mise en Place

If you’ve seen any of my recipes on here, you know the first step is to mise en place AKA make sure you have everything ready to go. This is your time to gather, measure, and make any preparations to your ingredients. Make sure you have all the equipment you need to make your recipe. This will make your cooking process much smoother and less stressful. 

TIP: line the bottom of your baking dish with parchment paper to make it easier to remove the brownies later!

Step 2. Melt it Down

In a large microwave safe bowl, stir together the first quantity of butter and the chopped chocolate. Heat in the microwave until melted together, stirring every 20-30 seconds to avoid scorching the chocolate.

Step 3. Pour Some Sugar (on me, in the name of love)

In a separate bowl, combine the dark brown sugar, eggs, and vanilla extract. Whisk together until evenly combined. Then, slowly stir the chocolate and butter into the egg mixture. Temper the warm chocolate into the egg mixture to avoid making scrambled eggs in your brownies. This guide from the Spruce Eats does an excellent job explaining how to temper/why you need to temper.

Step 4. Mix in the Dry Ingredients

In another bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt. Then, combine the flour mixture into the chocolate mixture. Mix in about 2/3 of the semi sweet chocolate chips.

Step 5. Pour and Bake

Pour the brownie batter into your prepared baking sheet, and sprinkle the remaining semi sweet chocolate chips on top. Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick can be removed without pulling up batter.

Step 6. Whip up the Buttercream

While the brownies are baking, it’s time to whip up the buttercream. Add the butter, salt, powdered sugar, and vanilla to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Carefully mix until the powdered sugar is combined enough to not fly everywhere. Pour in the heavy cream, then turn to medium-high speed and whip until light and fluffy (about 5 minutes). Add in a few drops of pink or red food coloring if you want the frosting to fit the Valentine’s Day theme. I chose pink!

Step 7. Let Cool, Decorate, and Serve!

Let the brownies cool for 20-30 minutes before frosting them. Sprinkle with Valentine’s themed sprinkled if desired, and cut into 12 pieces. I promise the brownies will be easier to cut if they are completely cooled off – but I understand the urge to dig in!

Valentine's Day Brownies FAQ

How long will the brownies be good for?

These Valentine’s Day Brownies keep very well for up to a week. They stay nice and soft when stored correctly!

Can I make these without frosting?

My Valentine’s Day Brownies recipe is very rich, so it’s understandable if you want to skip the frosting! They will still be perfectly delicious and decadent without the buttercream on top.

Can I substitute the eggs for something else?

If you’d like to, you can use banana as substitute for eggs in this recipe. For each egg, use one mashed, ripe banana in it’s place. Other substitutions may work, but I have not tested them.

Can I use different kinds of chocolate?

This recipe can easily be made with another kind of chocolate if you prefer! Use the same measurements of your preferred kind of chocolate. 

Storing Leftover Valentine's Day Brownies

Store any leftover Valentine’s Day Brownies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 7 days. Make sure it’s an airtight container to the brownies don’t dry out/go stale prematurely. 

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Valentine's Day Brownies

Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 18 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Servings 12 brownies

Ingredients
  

Brownies

  • 6 oz Unsalted Butter
  • 0.5 pound 70% Cocoa Chocolate
  • 3/4 cup Dark Brown Sugar
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1 Tbsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2 cup All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 cup Cocoa Powder
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 pinch Salt
  • 1 cup Mini Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips

Buttercream Frosting

  • 6 oz Unsalted Butter
  • 5 cups Powdered Sugar
  • 3-4 Tbsp Heavy Cream
  • 1/2 Tbsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 pinch Salt

Instructions
 

  • In a large microwave safe bowl, stir together the first quantity of butter and the chopped chocolate. Heat in the microwave until melted together, stirring every 20-30 seconds to avoid scorching the chocolate.
  • In a separate bowl, combine the dark brown sugar, eggs, and vanilla extract. Whisk together until evenly combined. Then, slowly stir the chocolate and butter into the egg mixture. Temper the warm chocolate into the egg mixture to avoid making scrambled eggs in your brownies.
  • In another bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt. Then, combine the flour mixture into the chocolate mixture. Mix in about 2/3 of the semi sweet chocolate chips.
  • Pour the brownie batter into your prepared baking sheet, and sprinkle the remaining semi sweet chocolate chips on top. Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick can be removed without pulling up batter.
  • While the brownies are baking, it's time to whip up the buttercream. Add the butter, salt, powdered sugar, and vanilla to the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Carefully mix until the powdered sugar is combined enough to not fly everywhere. Pour in the heavy cream, then turn to medium-high speed and whip until light and fluffy (about 5 minutes). Add in a few drops of pink or red food coloring if you want the frosting to fit the Valentine's Day theme. I chose pink!
  • Let the brownies cool for 20-30 minutes before frosting them. Sprinkle with Valentine's themed sprinkled if desired, and cut into 12 pieces.

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