I started this blog so my daughters could find all of our family favourite recipes in one place. It has actually grown into more than just the family favourites but also other recipes we've tried out in our kitchen. I don't like to fill up the post with alot of chatter. Sometimes there's a little story to tell, but usually I like to get right to the point. So this is for them, but hope you find some recipes that you like as well. I'll be sharing a lot of recipes, and along the way you'll find some crafty things and maybe some helpful hints too! Welcome!

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Fudgy Valentine's Brownies

Valentine's brownie hearts yesterday, a sweet treat for my birthday today. Don't need another cake right! Did I just say that??

Use a 17 1/2 - 11" jelly roll pan.

2 cups flour
2 cups sugar
1/2 cup butter or marg
1/2 cup shortening 
   (or 1 cup butter in place of butter/shortening)
1 cup strong brewed coffee or water
1/4 cup dark, unsweetened cocoa
1/2 cup buttermilk (or milk with 2 tsps vinegar)
2 eggs
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips

1  1/4 cups icing sugar
2-3 tbsps milk
1 tbsps seedless strawberry jam
1/4 tsp vanilla
Pink food colouring optional

In a large bowl, combine the flour and sugar.

In a heavy saucepan, combine butter, shortening, coffee and cocoa. Stir and heat to boiling.

Pour boiling mixture over the flour and sugar in the bowl. Add buttermilk, eggs, baking soda and vanilla.

Mix well using a wooden spoon or mixer on high. Fold in chocolate chips.

Pour into a parchment lined baking sheet.

Bake at 495 F for 22 minutes.

Lift parchment out and cool completely before cutting.
This is a 3" heart. (I cut off the arrow ends though)

Save all the cutoffs in the freezer for a brownie trifle at a later date.

Whisk the glaze ingredients together.

Spread on top of each brownie heart. 

The recipe makes just enough glaze for 14 - 3" hearts.

Set in fridge.

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