Valentine Brownie Bites are decadent, chocolatey, and full of all things delicious! A homemade brownie batter is baked to perfection and decorated with love and sprinkles making this the perfect Valentine’s day dessert. These adorable Valentine brownies are not only delectable in every way, they are perfect to share with a loved one.
Reasons You’ll Love This Recipe
Calling All Bakers – Don’t be sad Christmas baking season is over, you can still spread your love of baking with some fabulous Valentines Day recipes like this one.
Holiday Lovers – While these make adorable Valentine treats, you can use this brownie recipe for any occasion and decorate it to fit whatever you may be baking for.
Homemade Batter – Nothing can beat a homemade brownie batter.
Kid Friendly – Get the kids in the kitchen with this simple recipe. Plus, they’re going to love decorating them!
Simple and Easy – Need a last minute Valentine’s Day gift? This recipe is perfect because it uses simple ingredients and is made in 35 minutes.
Give these treats to that special someone in your life or save them and eat them all for yourself, because self love right? If you need someone to fall in love with you on Valentine’s Day, just bake them these brownies, they’re THAT good.
Ingredients and Substitutions
Let’s discuss how to make this recipe, as well as the ingredients that are needed. Please take note that below you will find discussion, expert tips, and answers to frequently asked questions about this recipe to help you recreate it in your kitchen. If you *just* want the recipe itself, scroll down. The full printable recipe itself, with exact measurements and instructions, is found at the bottom of this page.
- Flour – For extra chewy, velvety brownies, make sure you measure the flour by spooning it into the measuring cup, leveling it out and then adding it to the recipe. Otherwise, your brownies will have too much flour and taste a bit drier.
- Butter – Make sure you use softened, salted butter.
- Sugar – White granulated sugar works best for this recipe.
- Cocoa Powder – Because there is already sugar in the recipe, you’ll want to use unsweetened cocoa powder.
- Chocolate Melts – This ingredient is for decorating the brownies. The recipe calls for Ghirardelli chocolate melts because they’re absolutely fantastic but you can use whatever chocolate melts you can find. Semi-Sweet chocolate chips will work too, just add a teaspoon of coconut oil or vegetable shortening to the chocolate. You can also use additional colored chocolate melts like white, red or pink to decorate as well.
- Sprinkles – You can find some fun Valentine’s Day sprinkles at your local grocery store’s holiday section or at stores like Target or Walmart.
How To Make Valentine Brownie Bites
- Begin by preheating your oven to 350° then line an 8×8 baking dish with parchment paper. Cut an 8×12 sheet of parchment paper so it comes up the sides of the dish and hangs over a little bit. This will give you an easier time pulling the brownies out of the dish once they’re baked. Spray the parchment paper with cooking spray. Next, grab a large bowl and add all of your dry ingredients; flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt. Whisk that together until combined.
- In a separate medium sized bowl, add the softened butter, sugar and vanilla extract. Beat it together using an electric mixer or by hand until combined. Do not over mix.
- Add the eggs, one at a time, and mix after each time. Do this until combined. Again, do not over mix.
- Once combined add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients and beat it together until just combined.
- Once it’s ready, add the batter to the baking dish and smooth the top of the batter with a spatula. Bake it in the oven for 22-25 minutes, or until the center of the brownie comes out clean with a few crumbs sticking to it when you insert a toothpick into the center. Take the brownies out of the oven and let it cool completely in the dish.
- Remove the cooled brownies from the pan using the parchment paper sling and transfer it to a cutting board or flat surface. Slice the brownies into small, even squares. Melt the chocolate melts according to the package. Once it’s completely melted, drizzle it over the tops of the brownie and decorate with your festive sprinkles. Let the chocolate harden, and serve!
Recipe Tips and Advice
Storage – Store the brownies in an airtight container in a cool place for about a week. You can freeze the brownies, but I don’t recommend it because it will ruin the look of the brownies. They’ll taste perfectly fine they just won’t look appealing.
Equipment – For this recipe you’ll need an 8×8 baking dish. If you’d like to double the recipe, use a 9×13 baking dish instead. You’ll also need parchment paper, mixing bowls, a spatula, cutting board and a knife. You can use an electric mixer as well, however, you must make sure you don’t over mix. Once you stop seeing white streaks in the batter you should stop mixing.
Decorating Tips – For a clean, easy decorating process I recommend using a piping bag or a Ziploc bag with the corner snipped off to decorate the brownies rather than a spoon. You’ll avoid clumps and will get clean, even lines. Also, transferring the brownies to a clean sheet of parchment paper after decorating will prevent a pool of chocolate forming at the sides.
There are so many great mix-ins you can add to the brownies that really take them to the next level. Try adding 1/2 a teaspoon of espresso powder to elevate that chocolate flavor, or a teaspoon of almond extract for an extra punch of sweetness. You can also add some texture to the brownies by incorporating 1/2 a cup of walnuts to the batter, or topping the brownies with some sliced almonds or chocolate covered almonds.
Yes, they should cool completely before you lift them out of the pan otherwise they will tear or crumble. If you need the brownies to cool quicker you can pop them in the fridge 10 minutes after they come out of the oven.
Because air gets trapped in the batter, and when it tries to escape in the oven, it causes the tops of the brownie to crack. Don’t worry though, this is perfectly normal and won’t affect the taste of your brownies.
More Delicious Recipes To Try
In need of more sugar fixes for your sweetheart? Try out a few more of these fantastic recipes to satisfy your sweet tooth!
- Red Velvet Brownies
- Andes Mint Brownies
- Easy Brownies
- Buckeye Brownies
- Valentine Bark
- Red Velvet Whoopie Pies
- Chocolate Cherry Cookies
- Red Velvet Cupcakes
Valentine Brownie Bites
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup salted butter softened
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs
- 5 ounces melting chocolate Ghirardelli Dark or Milk wafers work well, as do Wilton
- additional melting wafers in red, pink or white
- Valentine Sprinkles
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Cut an 8 inch by 12 inch piece of parchment paper. Fit into an 8×8 pan forming a sling to help remove the brownies out of the pan when done baking. Spray the parchment with cooking spray. Set aside.
- Whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt in a small mixing bowl. Set aside.
- Beat sugar, butter, and vanilla together in a large mixing bowl by hand, or with a hand mixer, until just combined.
- Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition until just combined. Be careful not to overbeat. Add flour mixture to butter/egg mixture, stirring or beating until just combined.
- Scoop batter into the prepared pan, smoothing the top with a spatula. Bake for between 22-25 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in the center has few crumbs clinging to it. Cool completely in the pan.
- Using the sling to help remove brownies from the pan, place on a cutting board. Cut into 1" squares.
- Melt wafers according to package directions. Line a cookie sheet with parchment or wax 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.
Nutrition information is estimated as a courtesy. If using for medical purposes, please verify information using your own nutritional calculator. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.