Before I share my brownie “recipe”, I have to confess, I’m a terrible baker. I have attempted baking more times than I can remember, but it’s all that precise measuring that I have such a hard time with. I am more of a wing it in the kitchen kind of girl, where I enjoy adding a little of this and that while I cook. I know a made from scratch dessert is worth all the time and effort and always tastes so much better than store bought, but for me a quick run to the store is so much easier and less stressful. I do dream of one day learning to really love baking and mastering a few recipes, but for now I will only attempt a few that are super easy and require just a few simple ingredients. These brownies are one of those recipes. Every time I make these my family makes me feel like a such baking rock star. I am really faking it, like signing with auto tune, but I will take the applause where I can get it!
These are so yummy and easy make and the best part is you can whip these up just in time for Valentine’s Day!
There are a few steps involved in making these, but it’s simple, I promise!
1. You can either pick up your favorite box of brownie mix at the grocery store or use a brownie recipe of your own.
2. Choose your baking pan. I like to make my brownies on the thin side, more like a bar, so I use a 9″ x 13″ pan. If you want to make your brownies thicker you can use a smaller pan. The baking time will vary a bit depending on which size you use.
2. Coat the baking pan. I use Baker’s Joy, it is non stick spray with flour in it.
3. Pour your brownie mix into the pan, spreading with a spatula if needed.
3. Bake the brownies and let cool.
4. Once the brownies have cooled, cover with frosting. I use a frosting spatula for this because it makes this step really easy and keeps the brownie from mixing in with frosting. Again you can use one container of store bought frosting or make a batch of your own. I always use vanilla frosting for this recipe and add a few drops of red food coloring to make the frosting pink.
5. Put the pan in the fridge for at least a half an hour to harden the frosting a bit.
6. Next, melt 5 tablespoons of butter with 1 cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips in a saucepan on low heat and stir until smooth. Then, immediately pour on top of the frosting and spread the chocolate. I again use my frosting spatula for this step.
7. Finally, add sprinkles. I like to do this right after I add the chocolate topping. The sprinkles stick better when the chocolate is warm.
8. Once the chocolate topping has cooled you can cut, serve and enjoy!
So, what do you think? Easy, right? Trust me, if I can make these you can too! It’s a perfect sweet Valentine’s Day treat that is sure to impress your family and friends, hope you will give it try!