Posted by Katie Lane
Oh…Valentine's Day. You either love it or you hate it.
Some people delight in wearing every item of pink and red clothing they own and parading around with candy and cards and gushing about their hunky boyfriends.
Some people feel Valentine's Day is like rubbing salt into a wound if they are not currently glued to the hip of their very own sweeties.
I say leave all that to Hallmark. Personally, any holiday that centers around flowers, chocolate, homemade cards and sweet, sweet love is fine by me.
I used to make individual homemade valentines for every kid in my class when I was little. I would spend hours making each one individualized.
I was never a fan of those punch-out cards with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles wishing you a ‘COWABUNGA VALENTINES!' I like a little personal touch.
I was short on heart stickers this year, so I decided to make edible valentines.
What better way to say, "I love you" than with sugar, butter and a whole lot of chocolate?
These little guys were incredibly easy to make and have a nice presentation value.
They look like candies and then — SURPRISE! — they have a fudgy brownie base. They can also be personalized, sprinkled and dolled up to your heart's delight.
So forget about all the baggage that comes along with Valentine's Day.
Whether you have a special someone or not, you can spread some love.
Love yourself. Love your friends. Love these brownie bites.
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V-Day Brownie Bites
(adapted from mybakingaddiction.com)
Makes 30 bites
½ cup butter, melted
½ cup unsweetened cocoa
1 cup sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
½ cup flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
½ pound of candy wafers (available at AC Moore)
Decorations as desired
1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
2. Line mini muffin tin with mini liners.
3. In a medium bowl combine melted butter and cocoa and stir until cocoa is dissolved.
4. Add sugar and mix well.
5. Add eggs one at a time and stir until well combined.
6. Stir in vanilla, flour and salt until you no longer seeany flour (do not over-mix).
7. Spoon into muffin tin, filling ½ to 3/4 of the way. Bake for 13 to 15 minutes. Remove from pan and let cool
8. Melt candy wafers according to the package instructions. Using a spoon or plastic squeeze bottle, fill the tops of the brownie bites with the melted chocolate.
9. Decorate immediately with sprinkles or other toppings.