Conversation Heart Brownies

MacSuzie - Conversation Heart Brownies

Throw those gross chalky conversation hearts in the trash, and make a batch of your favorite brownies instead! These conversation heart brownies are so much fun to make because you personalize them with your very own messages. I was inspired to make these small ones from memories of a big one I made for my husband (boyfriend back then!) when we were first dating. It was a specialty pan I found in the Dollar Spot at Target, and I just cut out “I Love You” from a piece of paper. He loved it!

This would also be a really fun project for kids to help with. Cookie cutters are always fun for kids, plus they’ll love sprinkling the sugar and spelling out messages.

You’ll need:

  • A pan (or two) of your favorite brownies. You can make them from scratch, or feel free to use a box mix. I LOVE all of Ghirardelli’s mixes, especially the dark chocolate variety.
  • Heart cookie cutter. Mine was about 3 in. wide at the top, made by Wilton, and I was able to cut 8 hearts out of my 9 in. square brownie pan. You should be able to find these at any craft store that carries baking supplies, and many grocery stores will have them in their holiday/seasonal displays. You don’t have to use metal, but make sure the cutter is tall enough to accommodate your brownies.
  • Word stencils. Check out how I made mine below and feel free to use my printer-friendly template, Brownie Stencil Template. You could also use lace, or shapes, etc. to create patterns on the brownies. If you are making your own, you’ll need a small pair of scissors or an exacto knife. They make inexpensive ones with easy-to-hold handles that you can find in the craft store.
  • Powdered sugar, best if in a sifter or shaker. You can buy a mesh strainer really cheaply (think Walmart or the Dollar Tree) – do it!

 

MacSuzie - Conversation Heart Brownies

While your brownies are cooling is the perfect time to make your own stencils. Start by printing your phrases, making sure you leave plenty of space in between each phrase, and making sure your words will fit on your cutout. Cardstock would be great here, but I was out, so I used regular paper.

 

MacSuzie - Conversation Heart Brownies

Use a small pair of scissors or a craft knife to cut out the shapes of each letter. I didn’t really worry about the spaces inside certain letters like “B” or “O” and figured you’d be able to tell what it was without all that. I used these two little craft knives from Fiskars – one is a regular craft knife with a curved handle – great for straight edges. The other has the same handle but a smaller knife that swivels – perfect for curved lines. Really though, you could carefully use a small pair of scissors just fine.

MacSuzie - Conversation Heart Brownies

All my phrases cut out. I also cut each phrase apart from the others, leaving as much space around the phrase as possible. This will keep the rest of the brownie covered from the powdered sugar.

 

MacSuzie - Conversation Heart Brownies

When your brownies are cool, cut out your hearts as closely together as possible. Definitely don’t rush the cooling, otherwise it will be difficult to keep the heart shapes nice looking.

 

MacSuzie - Conversation Heart Brownies

I was able to get 8 hearts out of my 9 in. square pan. Don’t worry about the leftovers – I came up with a GENIUS plan for them. Try my Brownie Cheesecake Truffles! Or, you can just “taste test” – after all, you want to make sure the brownies taste perfect for your Valentine! 

 

MacSuzie - Conversation Heart Brownies

Flip the brownies over so that the smooth bottom is on top and place your stencil where you want it.

 

MacSuzie - Conversation Heart Brownies

Sift or shake powdered sugar over the stencil just until you can’t see the letters anymore. You don’t want to pile it on, otherwise it will be difficult to lift the stencil without getting the sugar everywhere.

 

MacSuzie - Conversation Heart Brownies

Carefully wiggle the stencil very slightly to loosen it, and then gently lift up, taking care not to spill the powdered sugar. Voila! You message is revealed. If needed, use a knife to fix any boo boos.

 

MacSuzie - Conversation Heart Brownies

See how fun it looks when all the phrases are next to each other?

 

MacSuzie - Conversation Heart Brownies

 Or serve just one to your true love… ♥

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  1. […] making some adorable Conversation Heart Brownies (see below), I was left with about a half a pan of scraps from the heart cutouts. As much as I […]

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