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Valentine Brownies

These Valentine Brownies look amazing and taste even better. Homemade brownies are drizzled with melted chocolate and garnished with sprinkles. The perfect sweet treat for February 14th!

It’s not Valentine’s Day without lots of chocolate. These Valentine’s Day Hot Cocoa LOVE Bombs are an ideal gift for that someone special. Or give our perfect chocolate cake with chocolate buttercream a try this year!

Brownie bites decorated with melted chocolate and valentine's day sprinkles.

Why this Recipe is Best

This recipe is based on my classic fudgy brownies. I added the melted chocolate and Valentine’s sprinkles for a festive touch!

  • Homemade brownies made in one bowl!
  • Topped with chocolate drizzle and sprinkles.
  • Pink, white and red for a fun presentation.
  • Easy to make and decorate!

You’ll love how easy these are to decorate with impressive results. No matter how you decorate them, they taste spectacularly rich, fudgy and chocolatey. Just what I want for Valentine’s Day!

Don’t forget to whip up a batch of chocolate covered strawberries too for the occasion!

Easy Decorating Instructions

Brownie bites being drizzled with melted chocolate.

After the brownies are baked and cooled, it’s time for the fun part: decorating!

PRO TIP: After brownies have cooled, use a plastic knife to cut perfect squares.

STEP 1. Melt chocolate wafers

Melt milk or dark chocolate in the microwave. Stir until smooth.

STEP 2. Drizzle

Use a spoon or a ziploc bag (see my tips below) to drizzle the chocolate over cooled brownies. You can make any kind of design or pattern you like here. Get creative!

STEP 3. Sprinkles

Immediately decorate the tops of the brownies with sprinkles. Then let the chocolate set for a few minutes to firm up before cutting the brownies.

Tips and Tricks

  • Drizzling melted chocolate: The easiest way to add the drizzle is by transferring the melted chocolate to a Ziploc bag. Snip off the top of one of the corners and gently squeeze as you move it across the brownies. It gives you so much more control than trying to use a spoon!
  • Candy melt options: Add more Valentine’s color by drizzling the brownies with melted white, pink or red candy melts too! Mix and match to create your favorite combination of colors and styles. Or use Ghirardelli white chocolate wafers and just add festive sprinkles.
  • Use parchment paper. Lining your brownie pan with parchment paper makes it easy to remove the baked brownies from the pan. Just lift up the edges of the paper and the brownies will slide out in one piece!
  • Let the chocolate set: After decorating the brownies, immediately move them to a clean cool sheet of parchment paper so the chocolate sets more quickly.
  • Leftover melted chocolate? Make some chocolate covered Oreos with your leftover chocolate and sprinkles!
Decorated brownies with one bite removed.

Recipe FAQs

Should these brownies be served chilled or warm?

These brownies taste delicious served at any temperature! Make sure to let them cool completely before slicing in so they don’t fall apart. After that you can store them in an airtight container at room temperature or in the fridge if you like them cold. We also love them warmed up with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top for a Valentine’s Day brownie sundae!

How can I make brownies cool faster?

If you just can’t wait to get that first glorious fudgy bite, stick the brownies in the refrigerator to help them cool down more quickly. They’ll be even easier to cut after they’ve chilled too.

What chocolate chips are best?

I use semi-sweet or dark chocolate morsels. Milk chocolate chips are delicious too. Feel free to use whatever you have on hand.

Can I use melted chocolate chips instead of melting wafers for the topping?

Melted chocolate chips will give you the same results, however, melting wafers are tempered for melting so the chocolate has a smooth, velvety appearance and texture when it sets.

What sprinkles are best for decorating?

Any combination of pink, white and red sprinkles looks amazing on these Valentine’s Brownies! Heart shaped candy sprinkles would be perfect too, naturally.

More Valentine’s Day Treats

Yield: 24 brownies

Valentine Brownies

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Additional Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes

These Valentine's Brownies look amazing and taste even better. Homemade brownies are drizzled with melted chocolate and garnished with sprinkles. The perfect sweet treat for February 14th!

Ingredients

For the Brownies

  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • ½ cup semi-sweet chocolate morsels
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder

For the Garnish

  • 5 ounce Ghiardelli Dark or Milk Chocolate Melting wafers (about half of a package of wafers)
  • Additional melting wafers in red, pink or white (optional)
  • Valentine’s Sprinkles

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 13x9- inch baking dish with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. In a medium sized saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Remove from heat and add in chocolate chips and sugar.
  3. Stir until chocolate is completely melted. Add in eggs, one at a time, stirring completely after each addition. Stir in vanilla.
  4. Add the cocoa powder, flour, salt, and baking powder. Using big strokes, stir in JUST until mixed and no longer see dry ingredients. DO NOT BEAT OR OVER STIR.
  5. Pour batter into dish and bake for about 22-24 minutes. Remove from oven and cool completely before decorating.
  6. Cut cooled brownies into squares. 
  7. Melt wafers according to package directions. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Drizzle with melted chocolate as desired. Immediately decorate with sprinkles and transfer to a clean sheet of parchment paper to allow the chocolate to harden.

Notes

  • PRO TIP:  When decorating with the colored candy melts, I found that transferring it to a ziplock bag with the corner cut off was the best way to drizzle the tops. It can get “clumpy” coming off a spoon and doesn’t look as pretty. 
  • These can be made in ONE bowl. Whether you use a medium sized saucepan, or microwave safe large bowl...clean up is a breeze!
  • I use semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips in my brownies, use what you have on hand! You can even toss some in at the end to make them chocolate chip brownies! Or toss in some walnuts for some nutty brownies!
  • LINE your baking dish with parchment paper (or foil). Not only does it make clean up easier, but you can just lift your brownies out of the pan and cut them!
  • DO NOT OVER STIR. When you add in the dry ingredients, use slow but big stirs to incorporate the dry into the wet. Just when you see no more dry, STOP STIRRING!
  • Want to eat them sooner? Chill them in the refrigerator so they are easier to cut. Want to make a brownie ice cream sundae? Eat them warm!
  • STORAGE: Store brownies in airtight container at room temperature for up to a week. Or freeze for up to 3 months.
  • MAKE THICKER: Make the borwnies in a 9-inch square dish lined with parchment paper for thicker brownies. Bake in 350 degree oven for 35 minutes.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

24

Serving Size:

1 brownie

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 235Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 53mgSodium: 65mgCarbohydrates: 30gFiber: 1gSugar: 23gProtein: 3g

*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

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Make the chocolate lovers in your life extra happy with a batch of these Valentine’s Brownies! Easy to make and fun to decorate, these fudgy brownies are the perfect way to show someone you care.

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Posted on January 31, 2022

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