Valentine’s Day Ideas 2 & 3: Heart shaped candy coated brownies and pretzels!


Man, do I have your back or what?! Two more cute Valentine’s Day ideas for your honey that don’t take a whole lot of time or effort! Just in time and they are pretty delicious, too! So, for these heart shaped brownies, I baked a whole pan and used a cookie cutter to make the heart shapes. Then I melted some white and semi sweet chocolate chips, smothered the tops and topped them off with colored chocolate candies! These are so cute, especially when you pair two of them together! And, imagine the possibilities! You could leave them plain, choose different candies or drizzle different colored chocolates over them all. Pack them all in a cute red box and you are set to have a sweet Valentine’s Day!
Now this next idea is more for the kids in your life! This dessert is so easy for them to make and clean up is a breeze! I invited my niece and nephew over to help me make these chocolate covered pretzels and it kept them quiet and entertained for at least half an hour! Its a lot of fun dipping the pretzels, but even more fun to decorate them. And if your fingers happen to ‘slip’ and get covered in chocolate, so be it! Thats just a risk I’m willing to take.
If you’re feeling like making a cute little present, pop the dried pretzels into cellophane bags and tie them with some cute ribbon! I thought they were pretty adorable.

Heart Shaped Candy Coated Brownies
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Ingredients:
1-9 x 13 pan of prepared brownies (look below for my recipe)
1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
1 cup white chocolate chips
white, pink and red candies (chopped or left whole)
Directions:
Place waxed paper down over your table top for easy clean up and removal of our sweet treats! Using a small heart shaped cookie cutter, cut out brownie shapes. Top each heart with melted chocolate and spread across the top. Sprinkle, dip or place different candies over the melted chocolate and gently press to ensure candy will stay put. Place brownie on waxed paper to dry/cool. Repeat process until all cut out brownie shapes are coated and decorated. Brownies will keep up to 3 days in airtight container.
My Homemade Killer Brownies–they’re pretty good if I do say so myself!
Ingredients:
1 cup butter or margarine
1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
4 heaping tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
2 cups granulated sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
4 eggs
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line 9 x 13 pan with aluminum foil or parchment paper leaving a 2 inch overhang (for easy removal later). In large pot, melt butter completely. Generously grease foil or parchment paper using about 1-2 tablespoons of the melted butter and a pastry brush. Set pan aside.
With pot of melted butter still on the burner, add in chocolate chips and cocoa until fully melted and smooth. Remove from heat. Stir in vanilla extract and eggs, 1 at a time, stirring vigorously before the next addition. Add in the remaining ingredients and stir gently until just combined. Pour batter into prepared pan. Smooth the top and bake 30-35 minutes. Cool at least 15 minutes before removing brownies from pan (here’s where the extra overhang of parchment paper comes in handy!).
Chocolate Dipped Candy Coated Pretzels
Ingredients:
1 bag original pretzels
melted dark chocolate
melted white chocolate
white, pink and red candies (chopped or left whole)
Directions:
Dip pretzels into melted chocolate. Gently shake off excess and place onto waxed paper. Decorate with colored candies. Let pretzels set completely before packaging. Pretty easy!
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