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February 6, 2017
Show your loved ones how much you care by surprising them a sweet treat from the heart. Or spend some quality time in the kitchen with your littlest Valentine whipping up some something special together.
My good friend Pam gave me a very thoughtful present for Christmas. It was a glass batter-bowl-and-lid set. Layered inside the bowl were the dry ingredients necessary for Sweetheart Brownies. The bowl was wrapped in clear plastic wrap, tied with a bow and the recipe served as part of the gift tag.
My two boys were excited when they saw the bowl filled with holiday M&Ms and chocolate chips. Of course, they asked to make the brownies right away. These brownies are unique and unlike brownies I’ve tasted before due to the addition of cinnamon.
1 1/3 cups sugar, divided
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, divided
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup red and pink M&Ms
1/2 cup white chocolate chips
1/2 cup walnut halves, coarsely chopped (optional)
In small bowl, combine 2/3 cup of the sugar and cinnamon; mix well and set aside. In a small to medium bowl, layer ingredients as follows, gently patting each layer before adding the next ingredient: salt, baking powder, 1/2 cup of the flour, cocoa powder, remaining 2/3 cup sugar, M&Ms and remaining 1 cup flour. Top with reserved cinnamon-sugar mixture, chocolate chips and walnuts. Cover with a lid or plastic wrap. If using plastic wrap, secure with a rubber band.
To complete the brownies add:
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly spray a square cake pan with vegetable oil. In a large bowl, combine brownie mix, oil, eggs, water and vanilla; mix until well blended. Spread mixture into baker. Bake 35 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely.
Yield: 20 brownies
Note: The dry ingredients can also be stored in a gallon-sized resealable bag. The bag can serve as a ready-made brownie mix or as a gift.
Strawberry White Hot Chocolate
At my third-grade son’s Kids in the Kitchen class, the kids made strawberry hot chocolate. I thought it was a cute idea and very kid friendly.
1 container (14 fl oz each) strawberry low-fat milk (1-3/4 cups)
2 envelopes (0.73 oz each) hot cocoa mix
whipped topping or whipped cream
pink sugar sprinkles
Heat milk in 2-cup glass measure in microwave on high for 2 minutes or until hot. Stir in cocoa mix until blended.
Divide mixture between 2 mugs. Top each with a dollop or whipped topping or whipped cream. Add sprinkles.
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