I can’t believe that Saturday is Valentine’s Day. To me, Valentine’s Day ranks right up there with New Year’s Eve. My married friends forget about it and my single friends think it’s over rated. However, being a holiday, my creative side can’t help thinking about it. I know that most of the time I have good intentions as Valentine’s Day is one of those holidays that I try and let pass, but in the end my ceative side takes over. I make heart shaped cookies or buy fun chocolates for close friends and family along with either handmade or store bought Valentine Day cards and get Valentine’s Day candy for my candy dish at the office.
So, what’s Valentine’s Day without some chocolate? I love this brownie recipe from Ghiradelli. It’s one of my favorites because it’s super easy. You use Ghiradelli Sweet Ground Chocolate and Cocoa, which is easy to find at your grocey store. I usually find it either with the baking items or coffee/tea/cocoa. You’ll probably find the recipe on the back of the canister, which is where I discovered it.
For a Valentine’s Day treat, I make a pan of brownies and let them cool. I then use a heart shaped cookie cutter and cut into heart shapped brownies. If you like, you could then frost with chocolate icing. For a special Valentine’s Day dessert, drizzle hot fudge on a plate, put your heart shaped brownie on the plate, put a scoop of your favorite ice cream on top, drizzle hot fudge sauce over it, put a chocolate covered strawberry (or regular strawberry or cherry) on top and you have an easy, elegant dessert. (Note – the nuts are optional and I very rarely use nuts because my brother doesn’t like them, so I stopped putting them in my brownies and cookies years ago.)
You can also make hot cocoa with this Sweet Ground Chocolate and add a Peeps Marshmallow Shaped Heart in the center for a sweet chocolate treat. Kids especially love this.
Please post a comment and tell me what you do for Valentine’s Day or if you made the brownies and how you liked them.
Ghirardelli Brownies Ingredients
|2 large eggs||2/3 cup all-purpose flour, unsifted|
|3/4 cup granular sugar||1/4 teaspoon baking powder|
|1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract||1/4 teaspoon salt|
|1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted||1/2 cup walnuts, chopped (optional)|
|3/4 cup Ghirardelli Sweet Ground Chocoalte & Cocoa (Dutch processed cocoa)||1 cup bittersweet or semi-sweet chocolate chips (optional)|
Instructions for Ghirardelli Brownies
1.) Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2.) Using a wooden spoon whisk together eggs, sugar, butter and vanilla.
3.) In another bowl, combine flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt.
4.) Stir flour mixture into egg mixture.Stir until thick and glossy.
5.) Add nuts and chocolate chips. Combine well.
6.) Spread into a greased 8- or 9-inch square pan.
7.) Bake for 20-30 minutes.
8.) Cut into squares.
Makes 16-20 brownies.
For extra chewy brownies, use 8 inch pan and less baking time.
For cake like brownies, use 9 inch pan and longer baking time.