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Valentine's Day Brownies

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about 10, depending on size of cookie cutter
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Want to make some fun and flirty Valentine’s Day treats for your sweetheart? Chocolate is always a good idea—so look no further than these scrumptious conversation heart brownies!

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°F. Grease a 13x9-inch baking dish.

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) and mix well.

Pour into greased baking dish. 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

1/3 cup butter, softened
3 cups confectioners' sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 to 2 tablespoons milk
food coloring (optional)
gel frosting, for writing

In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream the butter until smooth then gradually add in the confectioners’ sugar. Mix in vanilla and 1 tablespoon of milk. If frosting is too thick, beat in a few drops of milk. If frosting is too thin, beat in a little more confectioners’ sugar. Depending on how many colors you want to make, separate the frosting. Add food coloring for desired color or colors.

Frost the brownies. Decorate each brownie with a cute saying or profession of love! Get creative!

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