Valentine's Day Brownies

Sam Jones/Quinn Brein


12 ounces unsweetened chocolate
1 cup (2 sticks) butter
4 eggs
2 cups sugar
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon almond extract
3/4 cup chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)


Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Grease a 9x13-inch baking pan.

In a saucepan, melt chocolate and butter over low heat until melted. Let cool about 10 minutes.

In a bowl, beat eggs until lemon colored. Add sugar and mix well. Add melted butter and chocolate; mix well.

In a separate bowl combine flour, salt and baking powder. Mix into batter. Add extracts and nuts, if using. Mix well.

Pour into greased pan. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes.

Once cooled, use a heart shape cookie cutter to cut. Or cut into squares and decorate to your liking.

Vanilla Frosting


about 10, depending on size of cookie cutter

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