Valentine’s Day Brownies

This homemade fudgy brownies recipe is covered in pretty sprinkles for the easiest (and cutest) Valentine’s Day Brownies to gift your Valentine!

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and I just had to share this easy Valentine’s Day brownies recipe with you!

Simple, chocolatey, and super cute! Those are the requirements for a Valentine’s Day treat as far as I am concerned. And this brownie recipe delivers just that!

These made from scratch brownies are made with simple ingredients and deliver a deep chocolate flavour!

Why you should make Valentine’s Day Brownies from scratch

  • no need to run out and buy a brownie mix, you have everything you need on hand already!
  • it’s preservative-free
  • they are super easy to make!
  • they have a rich, chocolate flavour
  • they’re so cute with pretty Valentine’s Day sprinkles
  • they’re delicious! Need I say more?
Valentine's Day brownies covered in red, pink and white sprinkles stacked on top of each other.

Ingredients needed for Valentine’s Day Brownies

  • Flour
  • Baking powder
  • Salt
  • Butter
  • Oil
  • Cocoa powder
  • Instant espresso powder (optional, for a deeper chocolate flavour)
  • Sugar
  • Eggs
  • Vanilla extract
  • Sprinkles
Topview of Valentine's Day brownies on parchment paper cut into squares.

How to make Valentine’s Day Brownies

The full instructions are in the recipe card below, but essentially, these homemade brownies come down to these simple steps:

  1. Mix the dry ingredients: In a large bowl, add the flour, salt, and baking powder. Set aside.

  2. Prepare the wet ingredients: In a medium saucepan, add the butter, oil, espresso powder, and cocoa powder. Melt the butter and simultaneously whisk together with the other ingredients over medium heat. Once the butter is melted, add the sugar and stir in. Remove from heat and let it cool for a few minutes.

  3. Mix the wet and dry ingredients together: In a stand mixer (or mixing bowl with a hand mixer), add the saucepan ingredients. With the mixer running at medium speed, add the vanilla extract and eggs one at a time. Slowly add the dry ingredients and stop the mixer as soon as they are incorporated (careful not to over mix).

  4. Pour, sprinkle and bake: Pour the batter into the lined baking dish. Cover with the sprinkles (as much as desired). Bake for 23-26 minutes or until the edges are firm and the center is set. Let the brownies cool before slicing.
Steps to Make Homemade Brownies
Baked Valentine's Day Brownies covered in sprinkles on parchment paper.

Tips for making the best homemade brownies

  • Use the scoop and level method for measuring the flour. In order to ensure you are using the correct amount of flour, scoop the flour with a spoon into your measuring cup and then use the back of a butter knife to level the flour before adding.

  • Be careful not to over mix the batter. As with most baked goods, over mixing your batter will produce more dense baked goods. Stir until everything is incorporated and then stop.

  • You can make this by hand. I use a stand mixer for my brownies but that isn’t necessary. You can use a hand mixer or even mix it by hand if that is easier for you.

  • Watch the bake time to ensure your brownies don’t over bake. Oven temperatures can vary so I recommend checking in on your brownies at about 20-22 minutes into the baking process.
A heart shaped brownie covered in pink, red and white sprinkles on a parchment paper with other brownies.

How to store leftover brownies

Leftover brownies can be stored at room temperature, wrapped in plastic food wrap or in an airtight container to prevent them from drying out. Brownies should be cooled to room temperature before wrapping in food wrap. I personally think individually wrapping them preserves their moisture the best.

Can you freeze leftover brownies?

Yes, you can freeze brownies. In order to preserve their moisture, wrap cooled brownies in plastic food wrap and then place in a freezer safe bag or container.

When you want to enjoy a brownie, simply unwrap the brownie and set it out on a plate until it comes to room temperature. Impatient brownie lovers can speed this process up by popping it in the microwave for a bit if you just can’t wait (speaking from experience)!

I hope you and your sweetie enjoy this recipe!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

-Cathy

A heart-shaped and square brownie covered in red, pink and white sprinkles on a pink plate.

You may also like these chocolatey treats:

Chocolate Sugar Cookies
Chocolate Kiss Cookies
Flourless Chocolate Cake

Valentine's Day brownies covered in red, pink and white sprinkles stacked on top of each other.

Valentine’s Day Brownies

Herbs and Flour
This homemade fudgy brownies recipe is covered in pretty sprinkles for the easiest (and cutest) Valentine's Day Brownies to gift your Valentine!
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 16
Calories 254 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup + 2 tablespoons flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon instant espresso powder (optional)
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • sprinkles

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350F and line a 9×9 baking dish with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, add the flour, salt, and baking powder. Set aside.
  • In a medium saucepan, add the butter, oil, espresso powder, and cocoa powder. Melt the butter and simultaneously whisk together with the other ingredients over medium heat. Once the butter is melted, add the sugar and stir in. Remove from heat and let it cool for a few minutes.
  • In a stand mixer (or mixing bowl with a hand mixer), add the saucepan ingredients. With the mixer running at medium speed, add the vanilla extract and eggs one at a time. Slowly add the dry ingredients and stop the mixer as soon as they are incorporated (careful not to over mix).
  • Pour the batter into the lined baking dish. Cover with the sprinkles (as much as desired). Bake for 23-26 minutes or until the edges are firm and the center is set. Let the brownies cool before slicing.

Nutrition

Calories: 254kcalCarbohydrates: 26gProtein: 2gFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 43mgSodium: 177mgPotassium: 64mgFiber: 1gSugar: 19gVitamin A: 296IUCalcium: 22mgIron: 1mg
Keyword brownies, chocolate, sprinkles, valentine’s day
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