Heart Shaped Brownies (Ultimate Recipe Swap: Valentine’s Day)

Ultimate Recipe Swap

I have fond memories of Valentine’s Day as a child. My mother, whose “love language” is most definitely gifts and words of encouragement, always had a little something special for us to open. Recently, I came across a box full of gold heart charms, a collection that she began for me many years ago. What a wonderful heritage she passed on to me.

Since I’m too stingy  frugal for gifts to be my “love language,” I choose to show my affection through food. So, when I saw these Conversation Heart Brownies from Duncan Hines, I was inspired to make heart-shaped brownies for my peeps.

With FishBoy5′s help, I whipped up a batch of Cocoa Brownies and baked them in a parchment-lined, 9×13 pan, instead of the regular 8-inch square. I baked them for 20 minutes instead of the prescribed 25-30. Using a larger pan made the brownies thinner and gave me a larger surface area to work with for cutting. Baking them on parchment paper allowed me to remove the brownies from the pan more easily and to cool them on a rack quickly. Once they cooled, I simply cut them out with a cookie cutter. And there were quite a few trimmings to, um, dispose of. No problem there!

Brownies are simple enough to make, but putting a little more effort into their shape made them just a little cuter and certainly fanciful. Easy peasy. Gild the lily by sprinkling with powdered sugar or frosting them the way Duncan Hines does.

What do you do to make Valentine’s Day a little sweeter?

Share your recipe in the comments or by linking up below. Please submit only Valentine’s-themed recipes and ideas.

Five participants will each win a free product coupon from Duncan Hines.

Giveaway is open until Sunday night at 8 pm, PST. Winners to be chosen at random. Please leave contact info in your comment so I can find you if you win. This giveaway is now closed.

1. Sherry @ Lamp Unto My Feet (Sweetheart Jamwiches)
2. Food with Kid Appeal (Apple Volcanoes- Love eruption)
3. Mary Jo @ Covenant Homemaking (BEST chocolate cake!)
4. Kingdom First Mom (Homemade Yogurt)
5. TheFrugalGirls.com {Easy Cake Truffles ~ also called Valentine Bombs!!}
6. HoosierHomemade{Raspberry Whoopie Pies}
7. Gospel Homemaking (Love in a Cup)
8. Amy-Cutting Coupons in KC (Homemade Chocolate Buttercreams)
9. Alison @ Hospitality Haven (Middle Eastern Meal)
10. Colie’s Kitchen (Turtle Brownies)
11. The Coupon Basics- Valentines Breakfast
12. Good & Cheap Eats – Breakfast Cookies
13. 24/7 MOMS 7 Sweets and Treats For Valentines Day
14. 24/7 MOMS Lunch TIme Fun on Valentines Day
15. 24/7 MOMS Breakfast Full Of Hearts
16. Kitchen Stewardship (Heart-Shaped Healthy Fruit Pizza)
17. A Heart for Home: Gourmet Drizzle Popcorn ~ A Valentine’s Treat
18. Lisette (Cake Balls)
19. Susie’s Homemade
20. A Busy Mom of Two (Heart Shaped Finger Jello)
21. Nancy @ 3BlondesandtheLaw (spinach orzo salad)
22. TidyMom (Chocolate Puffcorn=LOVE}
23. TidyMom (Sweetheart Cherry Cake}
24. Miss Organics Kitchen (Valentine Napoleans)
25. Melissa @ Mom’s Plans (Valentine’s Cake)
26. Kelly Morris revives Dump Cake
27. Newlyweds (Cherry Mini Cakes)
28. LovePeaceandSaving~OREO BALLS
29. A Romantic Dinner – Grilled Lime Chicken w/ Mango Red Pepper Salsa
30. Tess @ Kipfl and Fudge (Candy Cane heart FAIL)
31. Mama Bird’s Nest {Lollipops}
32. Kim- Brownie Kiss Cupcakes
33. Lynns Kit Adv (choc desserts)
34. The King’s Missus (2 Homemade Pizza Tips)
35. Lindsey (Valentine Fun#1)
36. Lindsey (Valentine Fun #2)
37. Rena (cut-out cookies)
38. goodLife {eats} Valentine’s Day Cut Out Cookies
39. goodLife {eats} Cherry Chocolate Pudding
40. Cherry Chocolate Pudding
41. Brandy
42. annies home – valentine treats for the family to make together
43. The Prudent Homemaker ~ Shortbread Heart Sandwich Cookies
44. Our Life as a Military Family – Crockpot Chocolate Cake
45. Swappin’ Spoons -(Valentine’s Day Dessert – Angel Lush)
46. Rachel @ Frugal & Simple Living (Dark Chocolate Brownies!)
47. Homemaker’s Cottage- Valentine Sweeties
48. Recipes for Moms – Heart Spritz Cookies
49. Meg’s Cooking Corner (Pesto Pizza at home)
50. Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream WITHOUT the Machine!
51. MomReviewTB-Heart Shaped Fruit Pizza
52. Mary @ Passionate Perseverance
53. Jami @ An Oregon Cottage (hubs new favorite meal)
54. Tara @ Feels Like Home (heart-shaped banana pancakes)
55. live once juicy (carrot marmalade and a giveaway)
56. Julie @ Chocolate and Motherhood (Heart Pancakes and V-day Fun!)
57. Nikki (whole family Valentine’s day)
58. Leftovers On Purpose (Broccoli-Ramen Salad)
59. Thrifty Tips From Tiff ( Vlog about homemade V-Day gifts!)
60. For the Love of Naps – Valentine’s day breakfast
61. The Little Brown House – Death by Chocolate
62. Michelle @ Navigating Domesticity- Cut Out Cookie Advice
63. Finding Joy in My Kitchen (Dark Chocolate Cherry Bark)
64. Katie @ The Cutting Back Kitchen – Valentine’s Day Packaging
65. Crispy Waffles
66. White Chocolate peppermint popcorn- Coupon Cutting Diva
67. Lisa @ SimplyThingsFamily
68. My Heart My Home (Chocolate Covered Cherries)
69. Simply Sweet Home (Valentine Dessert Roundup)
70. The King’s Missus (Slacker Fudge)
71. Anjanette @ Eat From Your Pantry (truffles and muffins)
72. Julie Anne – mom2priceboys makes shortbread

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  1. Those are so cute! What a fun way to make something so simple – special! :D

  2. i like to do coupons for my dear husband…redeemable for his special things…a backrub, his favorite cake, a special homemade meal, vehicle wash by hand, etc.

  3. I can’t wait to see all the entries…my fave love food is sushi! It is a treat…now I NEED some…oh, I need to quit looking at food sites at night.

    Blessings to you,
    lana @ http://www.ilovemy5kids.blogspot.com

  4. Thanks so much for hosting another great URS!
    ~Liz

  5. Hubby and I don’t usually do anything extravagant for Valentine’s Day…just a sweet card and a candy bar or two (and I usually get flowers)…but this year I also picked up a heart-shaped egg/pancake mold that I’m going to use Sunday morning to make a special breakfast. And since I’m pregnant, and extravagant breakfasts have been few and far between, that will make my husband all the more excited! ;)

  6. They are so cute – I never thought to cut out brownies, my children love them so!
    You have given so much to all of us with your daily posts that I have a surprise for you on my blog so please stop by!

  7. I posted my recipe for Valentines for 25 under $10:-)

  8. I’m doing heart-shaped Jello jigglers for Valentine’s day.

  9. Last year I gave each of the kids a little box full of coupons that they could redeem once a month the rest of the year. They were things like:
    Pick a DVD of your choice to watch with the family
    Trip to the zoo
    Dinner of your choice (I think this was one of their favorites, they all used theirs up quickly)
    Pick a game of your choice to play with the family
    Breakfast out with Dad

  10. Thanks for the great ideas! Since we now have 5 children, a romantic Valentine’s dinner for two has become dinner for seven! We have a ball, though! My children decorate the dining room with hearts, I make a special meal for supper, we light candles, and each of our children gets a small, inexpensive present to open. I try to cut any foods that I can into heart shapes–tomato slices on our salad, strawberries on a fruit plate, etc. This year I am going to make heart-shaped yeast rolls and heart-shaped brownies with Valentine sprinkles from Target’s dollar spot. My kids get as excited about Valentine’s as they do for a birthday in our family. It has been so much fun for my husband and I to see THEM have fun!

    P.S. I made your Valentine scones earlier this week–my family LOVED them!

  11. Those are really cute! And seem so easy to make.

  12. ashley huddleston says:

    i love brownies. these are so cute!

  13. i am doing the same thing with my kids for valentine’s day. they are so excited to get to eat heart brownies. i have a question about homemade brownies, when i make them they turn out little brown, does this happen to you? does anyone know what im doing wrong?

  14. Just want to say that I love this blog. I found it through Crystal’s moneysavingmom blog and now read it everyday.

    I love the topics, talking points – you write so beautifully I’m often moved by the words written. It makes me want to live in America – are you all so nice? Love the pictures of the beach and family. Feel a bit inadequate though as I only have two children, don’t homeschool but find life hard sometimes.

    • Jessica Fisher says:

      Katie, how sweet you are! Thank you! What a day brightener this is! (And, no, not everyone in America is as nice as me! Ha! Or just nice.) Please don’t ever feel inadequate compared to me. God has called YOU to something different, and that is a good thing. Plus, I have as many readers who public school as I do readers who homeschool. We’re a mixed bag around here and I love it!

      Thanks for reading!

  15. My hubby and little man are having a day together tomorrow and I think I will whip these up while they are gone. So cute and simple, I love it. In the past we haven’t celebrated Valentine’s, but this year my son is having fun with it…so I am going to kick it up a knotch for him this year.

  16. Debbie Jackson says:

    I make red chocolate cupcakes with cream cheese frosting. I decorate with chocolate choices (mini chocolate chips, mini m&m’s, oreo crumbs, white or dark chocolate hearts etc.)

  17. We have “Be my Valentine” theme in the house. Kids and hubby made a love coupon books and I can redeem them for dishes free night, laundry free day…etc.

  18. I make sugar cookies in heart shapes and then make my own icing. I make each one unique, and individualized. :)

  19. I always do things that can go on skewers or on sticks but I think I am going to change what I do this time and do the cute cut out brownies. Adorable

  20. For me and the kids, we just bake in the kitchen together making homemade goodies for others. That is our special time! ON Valentine’s morning, they will find a trail of Hershey Kisses to a special little prize tht I will buy for them.

    As far as me and the hubby- we just try and go out to eat. We do not need anything more than that, just eat and spend time together!

  21. I try to do something a little different every year. This year, I am going to hide Hershey kisses all over the house and do a “treasure” hunt and I usually give each child something small (that I’ve picked up cheap with coupons and sales). Usually do heart pancakes but I like the brownies….may do that too. Thanks for good ideas!

  22. Kelly Friedman says:

    This is great and looks so yummy! I would love to try it!!

  23. I make heart shaped “truffles”, pizzas, pancakes, etc! My husband loves it!

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