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Valentine’s Day Brownies

February 14, 2013

Last year, I posted Valentine’s Day Chocolate Desserts, including these beautiful chocolate and peppermint cookies.

Chocolate Valentine's Day Cookies

In 2011, I posted about Valentine’s Day generally and some of our household traditions.

In case you want to celebrate Valentine’s Day with your family, or with your spouse or partner, here are a few tried-and-tested brownie recipes for you to try. I’ve shared other brownie recipes in the past: cream cheese brownies, for one.  I’ve probably said this before, but brownies are my favorite dessert and I could probably eat a whole pan of them. Which is why the brownies I made on Sunday are in a Tupperware container on top of the refrigerator. Out of sight helps!

Here are 5 brownie recipes…I’m sure you’ll have the ingredients for at least one of them today!

The July 2009 issue of (guess which magazine…) bon appetit featured a recipe for Cappuccino Brownies that has a white chocolate ganache on top…just like foamed milk on top of a cappuccino. Click here for the recipe. These are delicious. I would recommend a special trip to the store just to buy white chocolate in order for you to make them for your Valentine. (But don’t let NOT having a Valentine stop you from making them. I’d recommend having someone to share them with, though…)

Another tried-and-true (and tried and tried and tried, because it’s a Cook’s Illustrated recipe) is the one for Classic Brownies. (In case you’re unfamiliar with Cook’s Illustrated, they test everything a bajillion times with all sorts of variations, in a very scientific way, in order to find the best and most likely to be cooked-at-home recipe. In other words: good with no strange ingredients.) There was a great article about Christopher Kimball, CI editor, in The New York Times Magazine back in October. Anyway, Cook’s Illustrated doesn’t usually make their recipes available to non-subscribers, but other bloggers publish them. Here’s the brownie recipe on Smitten Kitchen blog.

If you have even fewer pantry ingredients, you could try Best Brownies, a brownie classic. It’s good with or without the frosting and calls for cocoa powder rather than unsweetened chocolate, making it a little lighter for your pocketbook. (Or wallet…I know people who carry wallets also like brownies!) My note to self about Best Brownies is that it tastes like a mix, which is a strange but true (and good!) compliment.

And, another simple brownie recipe that calls for unsweetened chocolate, is Old-Fashioned Brownies. These make a BIG pan, so this is for someone cooking for a crowd.

And, finally, the brownies sitting on top of my fridge, Triple Fudge Brownies. This is from The Best of the Best from the Great Plains Cookbook. It’s a chemical cake (you’ll see what I mean when you read the instructions!), I admit it. But it is very good.

Triple Fudge Brownies

1 (3.9 oz.) package instant chocolate pudding mix

1 package chocolate cake mix

2 C. semisweet chocolate chips


confectioners’ sugar

Prepare pudding according to package directions. Whisk in cake mix. Stir in chocolate chips. Pour into greased 15 by 10 by 1 inch baking sheet. Bake at 350 for 30-35 minutes or until the top springs back when lightly touched. Dust with confectioners’ sugar. Yields 4 dozen.

Happy Valentine’s Day!


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