With the choice of 3 wonderfully decadent topping ideas and the ease of a mix, these Last Minute Valentine’s Day Brownies truly save the day when it comes to making easy Valentine’s Day desserts that don’t look or taste last minute! Use your sweetheart’s favorite topping or set out all the ingredients out for a fun toppings bar. Either way, these decked out brownies are the perfect way to serve up some love without a lot of fuss!
There are a ton of you out there who still haven’t decided just what you’re going to do Valentine’s Day. You know who you are… And it’s ok! All of the Valentine’s love you’ve been looking for is right here In these easy heart shaped brownies with easy, indulgent toppings!
It’s always about the toppings. They’re fun. They’re special. And if possible, they are the THE way to make chocolatey, fudgey brownies even better! #wellknownfacts And don’t forget the lovable “heart” shape. That’s easy too! It’s the little things that make something special. And this quick & easy dessert recipe has all your bases covered.
What You Need To Make Last Minute Valentine’s Day Brownies
This recipe uses 2 boxes of brownie mix, prepared as directed in one 13X9 pan or one “Family Size” 13×9 mix as quick base so that you can focus on all the good things you want to put on top. We make the heart shape with a large heart-shaped cookie cutter or by using an easy heart-shaped paper template (an example of how I made my simple template is below).
Best Brownie Toppings Ideas
Sweet and Salty Turtle Brownies
- thin pretzel sticks, roughly chopped
- pecans, roughly chopped
- mini chocolate chips
- caramel sundae topping
- chocolate syrup
Strawberries and Cream Brownies
- mini Oreos, crushed
- strawberry sundae topping
- chocolate syrup
Peanut Butter Lover’s Brownie
- mini peanut butter cups, roughly chopped
- peanut butter candies, roughly chopped
- 2 tablespoon melted peanut butter to drizzle (30 seconds or so in the microwave)
- chocolate syrup
How to Make Easy Valentine Brownies with Toppings
Brownies. Prepare the brownies and bake according the instructions on your mix.
Toppings. As your brownies cook, prepare your toppings. Now is when you unwrap the candies, chop the goodies and set them out in little bowls if you’re going to serve them in a “make your own” toppings bar style. And I do have to say, that is my favorite way to serve these… and everyone else’s favorite way to eat them!
Making the Hearts. Of course, you don’t HAVE to cut your brownies into heart shapes, but what is the fun in that? After your brownies completely cool, use your cookie cutter or template to cut out as many heart shapes as you will need. I needed four for my family, so I created a template that allowed me to cut 4 large brownies from my 13X9 pan.
It’s easier to remove the brownie that you don’t intend to use from around your heart shapes with a knife and fork than to try to just take the heart shapes from the pan after you cut them. I went slow and easy, but I didn’t stress if the shapes weren’t perfect. Because we like gooey brownies, I used the knife and fork to sort of mold any uneven portions of my hearts after I cut them. I also remembered that we were going to be loading them up with toppings! And toppings can hide a multitude of sins.
After all of the excess brownie is removed from the pan, you are ready to extract those Valentine’s Day brownies and start dressing them up! I used a spatula with a sharp edge to make sure I could get underneath the brownies cleanly and lift them from the pan.
Voila! That’s it! Now you’re ready to own this Valentine’s Day like you’ve been preparing for months. But to be honest, these last minute brownies and their special toppings are so good no one will really care. They will just be glad you thought of them… and that they’re getting to eat this deliciousness…
Want More Easy Valentine’s Day Recipes?
- Red Velvet Trifle
- Loaded Chocolate Strawberry Brownies
- Spicy Chocolate Heart Candies in 3 Easy Steps
- Ritz Bits Muddy Buddies
- Dark Chocolate Pretzel Bark with Cranberries
- Hot Chocolate Snack Mix
- Coconut Macaroons with Raspberry Thumpbrints