February 9, 2011

Easy Valentine's Day treats

With Valentine's Day coming up next week, I thought I would give you a couple ideas for little treats you can make that are fast and easy!  For both, I used Ghirardelli boxed brownie mixes to speed things up, but you could also make your own brownies from scratch* (I really like this recipe -- also from Ghirardelli, but using their Sweet Ground Chocolate cocoa powder).**

Option #1 - Brownies with chocolate glaze and red and pink hearts

Bake one package of Ghirardelli Ultimate Fudge brownie mix as directed.

When the brownies come out of the oven, smooth the chocolate glaze on top, then sprinkle with Betty Crocker Valentine Hearts Decors.

Option #2 - Heart-shaped double chocolate brownies

Bake one package of Ghirardelli Double Chocolate brownie mix as directed.

When the brownies have cooled completely, use a cookie cutter to cut out heart-shaped brownies.  Plan your cuts carefully so you have as few scraps as possible.

Either option is quick, easy to bake with kids (they love helping add the sprinkles or cut out the hearts), and great to tuck in lunches or serve as a little treat after dinner.

* For those with allergies, check out this recipe for gluten-free brownies
** And it probably seems like this is a Ghirardelli-sponsored post, but it's not, I promise!  I just really like their products and use them a lot.

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