Heartfelt Dessert Duo

Style News Wire | 2/12/2009, 5:08 p.m.
For Valentine’s Day celebrations, surprise your sweeties with heart-shaped Mocha Brownies. Serve them as a special treat or for a ...

When it comes to fanning the flames of love, there’s no better tool than chocolate, especially when it’s dense, rich and a trifle decadent.

For Valentine’s Day celebrations, surprise your sweeties with heart-shaped Mocha Brownies.  Serve them as a special treat or for a spectacular finish to a romantic dinner. The dark chocolate brownies accented with just a hint of coffee are iced with Brownie Fudge Icing then cut into asymmetrical heart shapes.

The unique shapes are made possible with the new Hearts Combo Cutter from Wilton, designed especially for brownies. This metal combo cutter makes two heart shapes with just one cut, maximizing the number of treats from one pan. Add colorful drizzles, write a special message or create mini-hearts atop the individual brownies with convenient ready-to-use Cookie Icing for a fabulous finish.

More heartfelt ways to say “I love you” and delicious brownie recipes for any celebration can be found in the new Wilton “Brownie Fun!” book. Find the book and hundreds of other ways to bake, decorate and celebrate at www.wilton.com.

Mocha Brownies

Makes about 16 brownies

1 1/2    cups all-purpose flour

1/2     teaspoon salt

1    cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter

5    ounces unsweetened chocolate, coarsely chopped

2    cups granulated sugar

1    tablespoon instant coffee granules

4    eggs

1 1/2    teaspoons vanilla extract

1    can (16 ounces) Brownie Fudge Icing

Pink, Red and White Cookie Icing

Preheat oven to 350ºF. Spray 13 x 9 inch oblong cake pan with vegetable pan spray.

In small bowl, combine flour and salt. In large microwave safe bowl, melt the butter and chopped chocolate. Stir in sugar and coffee. Add eggs and vanilla; mix well. Stir in flour mixture; mix until just combined.  Spread batter into prepared pan.

Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out almost clean. Cool completely in pan.

Spatula ice cooled brownies with Brownie Fudge Icing. Cut into heart shapes with Hearts Combo Cutter; drizzle with Cookie Icing.

Wilton Products:

Hearts Combo Cutter

Brownie Fudge Icing

Cookie Icing

Courtesy of Family Features