This is as simple as it gets, but those are the best recipes sometimes!
A lot of people make adorable sugar cookies iced beautifully for holidays, but I prefer a brownie to a cookie. So why not do these cutouts instead? Plus, you can eat all the brownie scraps that are leftover from the heart cutouts. It’s a perfect snack!
Has anyone else thought about how ironic it is that a month dedicated to eating healthfully is followed by a month all about chocolate? But hey, I’m not complaining.
There are much better sources for complaint at my local grocery store. Lines that are too long at checkout. Snow that doesn’t get cleared properly from the parking lot. People who bring more than 10 items into the express lane. People who leave their carts in parking spaces instead of returning them. Food products on the shelf for sale at half-price that are actually expired. Is that even legal?
How about we take some action and change things? One day Kenny got so exasperated at the expired cheese being sold that he threw it all into a box lying on the ground and gave it to the store manager. But that’s the only form of resistance I’ve seen.
How many of you have schooled someone in the express lane with too many items? If you have, tell me. And has anyone ever caught anyone else in the act of leaving a cart in a parking lot? That is such a pet peeve of mine!
What are your grocery store pet peeves? I want to know!
At least the stores have food, which we can use to bake lovely brownie heart cutouts. They’re a snap to make and a huge success, especially with kids. You can even make them with kids. I used my trusty brownie base, but you can also use a mix. It’s simple!
While you’re out there hassling with pet peeves, just look forward to the food you’re coming home to. And if you see grocery store injustice, fight back!
1 cup unsalted butter, melted
1 cup unsweetened cocoa
2 cups sugar
4 teaspoons vanilla
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 tablespoon salt
one container store-bought vanilla frosting
red gel food coloring
pink sugar sprinkles
- Preheat the oven to 350. Line a 9 x 13 pan with foil and coat with cooking spray. Set aside.
- Melt the butter in the microwave and then stir in the cocoa until it dissolves completely. Add the sugar and stir until combined. Then, add the eggs and vanilla, and stir again until the mixture is smooth. Finally, add the salt and flour and mix again.
- Pour the brownie batter into the prepared pan and bake for 25-30 minutes until the brownies are set. Cool completely.
- When the brownies are cool, mix the red gel food coloring into the vanilla frosting until your desired shade of pink comes forth.
- Using a heart cookie cutter, cut out the heart shapes and place the hearts onto a sheet of wax or parchment paper. Frost the brownie cutouts and add sprinkles.
- Allow the frosting to set. Store covered.