These easy to make heart shaped Brownie Cake Pops are filled with a little treat for those special occasions. Which make them perfect for Valentine’s Day, birthday parties and part of those Meals Made Simple during those busy weeknights.
Even with teenagers I still like to make little treats for them. As I continue to go down the rabbit hole of baking these came up in my list of oldies but goodies.
Brownie hearts are a simple treat to make because I am using a boxed mix.
Follow the baking time in the recipe exactly, and check them five minutes before the timer goes off.
- 1 18-ounce box brownie mix, prepared according to package instructions
- ½ cup chocolate chips
- 1 cup red melting candy
- Heart sprinkles, optional
HOW TO BAKE BROWNIE HEARTS
- Prepare brownie batter according to package instructions. Before pouring the batter into the baking dish, stir in chocolate chips.
- Spread batter into a greased 9×12 baking dish and bake according to package instructions for that pan size.
- Allow brownies to cool completely, then use a two-inch heart shaped cookie cutter to cut out twelve hearts.
- Melt the red melting chocolate according to package instructions. Spread the melted chocolate over the top of the brownies and top with heart sprinkles. Or pour melted chocolate into a piping bag and pipe red stripes over the top of the brownies.
- To turn brownie hearts into brownie pops, cut a paper straw in half and stick the straw into the bottom of the brownie heart.
Brownies need a bit of tlc, just a few minutes too long in the oven and you’ll wave bye-bye to their perfect gooeyness.
WHAT IF THE BROWNIES ARE DRY?
Add on some extra cake frosting. Seriously, it will help with the texture. We have even crumbled them in a bowl and added frosting to make our own little cake balls. It works!
DO NOT TRY TO DOUBLE THE RECIPE
Unless you are prepared to test the cooking time I would not suggest doubling the box mix recipe. Each oven is a little different and I have found that each box mix has its own little way of baking too.
I know we almost always double a box mix, but the baking times are not always perfect. So bake for the amount of time on the original box and then maybe add five-minute increments and test with a toothpick.
If the toothpick comes out with raw batter, place it back in the oven for another three to five minutes and test again. Repeat until complete. Then make note of it on a recipe card for that brand of brownie mix.
USE FRESH INGREDIENTS
Old ingredients taste bad, and old leaveners in your mix simply may not work. Now don’t get me wrong, we still have made them. But I can not confirm nor deny that was a well-laid plan.
WHAT IF IT IS YOUR FIRST TIME BAKING?
Enjoy the process. It may not come out perfectly and that is ok. It just means that you get to practice, practice again, and practice some more and no one is going to argue with that. 🙂