Recipe for Brownies: Cookie Cutter Hearts

recipe for brownies

This recipe for brownies in heart shapes is perfect for Valentine’s Day, but it’s also awesome for wedding favors. Not only is it easy – there’s no need to go out and buy fancy heart-shaped molds. Simply use a cookie cutter! (I used a small one.)

I’ve made this recipe for brownies about a gazillion times (it’s my mother-in-law’s recipe and she’s a damn good cook), but it’s the first time I made them in heart shapes. I think they turned out great. I can’t wait to see my kids’ reactions when I pop them out of the freezer on Valentine’s Day.

If you are making these as wedding favors, you can make them ahead and freeze them. Your guests will love them!

Barb’s  Recipe for Brownies


1/2 cup butter (I use salted butter.)

2 scant cups brown sugar

2 eggs

1 cup flour

5 dessert spoons cocoa

1 tsp vanilla

Brownie Icing

4 tablespoons butter

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

2 tablespoons milk

1  1/2 cups confectioner’s sugar

1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Gather ingredients for brownies.

recipe for brownies

Cream butter and add sugar. Cream well.

Add eggs and beat until fluffy.


Add salt and vanilla. Mix in flour and cocoa.


Place brownie mixture into a well greased 8″ x 8″ square pan.


Bake 30 mins. (Check them at 25 mins. If you like gooey brownies, you can take them out early.) Remove from oven, let cool. Once they have cooled flip the pan over onto a cutting board covered with parchment paper.

heart brownie

Press heart-shaped cookie cutter  into brownie slab. (I got eight brownies out of mine.)

heart shaped brownies brownie recipe recipe for brownies

Now it’s time to move on to the icing. (I found this recipe on

In a saucepan, melt butter and brown sugar over medium heat. Stir until the brown sugar is dissolved. Add milk. Bring to a boil and remove from heat.

Sift together cocoa and confectioners sugar. Blend into butter mixture and add vanilla. If it’s too thick, add more milk.

Turn brownies over so top is facing up and spread immediately over cooled brownies. It will set very fast. (Admittedly, I didn’t spread the icing right away, so it set a bit.)

icing recipe for brownies

Add desired embellishments. I added pink sugar and conversation hearts, which I pushed into the centre.

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  1. Posted by Brenda on February 10th, 2011 at 2:42pm

    I LOVE these!!!! They're super cute and now I think I know what our Valentine's Day dessert will be. Can't wait to try them. Thank you for sharing.
  2. Posted by Christina on February 10th, 2011 at 2:49pm

    You're welcome Brenda! Enjoy!
  3. Posted by Lizzie on February 10th, 2011 at 4:05pm

    those look deLISH. i would love to try them! too bad we JUST cut out sweets for the foreseeable future, damn.
  4. Posted by Lissa on February 10th, 2011 at 6:24pm

    Such a cute (and totally doable) idea! Great for a bridal shower, as you said. (Can just imagine where all the extra brownie around the hearts went!)
  5. Posted by erin on February 14th, 2011 at 12:55pm

    l.o.v.e. LOVE this!
  6. Posted by Erin on February 19th, 2011 at 6:45pm

    These are fabulous! So pretty. And that first photo looks like it's straight out of a magazine!
  7. Posted by Christina on February 19th, 2011 at 9:22pm

    Thanks Erin! They got gobbled up pretty fast.
  8. Posted by tracy on March 5th, 2013 at 8:56pm

    can you reuse the leftover brownies that aren't cut out? if so how?
  9. Posted by Christina on March 5th, 2013 at 10:38pm

    Just eat em!:) They ain't pretty, but they taste just as good!
  10. Posted by Silvia on January 29th, 2014 at 2:58pm

    If I want to make the brownies in a 9x13 pan, can I duplicate the recipe? I love the thickness of your brownies but I would like to make a bigger pan. Another question: when you say 'dessert spoons cocoa' is that unsweetened cocoa or is the sweet cocoa you drink with milk?
  11. Posted by Christina on January 29th, 2014 at 3:44pm

    I haven't tried doubling the recipe, but I'm sure it would be fine. You would have to adjust cooking time though. The cocoa is unsweetened cocoa.
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