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Impress Your S.O. With a Heart-Shaped Brownie Treasure Box on V-Day

Sandra Denneler is a SheKnows Expert who's been making and doing her entire life. Growing up, her favorite book was the 1973 World Book Encyclopedia's Childcraft Volume 11, Make and Do. An art director at Wichita State University, Sandra...

Why settle for a box of chocolates when you can make a heart-shaped brownie treasure box?

These Valentine's Day treats are insanely delicious, but the best part about them is they can be filled with candy, ice cream or even a little personalized love note. How fun is that?! So this year, skip the traditional card and whip up a customized, edible valentine instead.

Heart-shaped brownie treasure box recipe

Yields 5 – 8 completed brownie treasure boxes, depending on size of mold

Ingredients and supplies: 

  • 1 box brownie mix
  • Eggs, vegetable oil and water to prepare brownie mix
  • Chocolate frosting or chocolate candy melts
  • Items to put inside: candy, ice cream, strawberries, chocolate kisses, etc.
  • Heart-shaped cookie cutter, the same size as your heart-shaped mold
  • Heart-shaped acrylic boxes for molding brownies (found in most hobby stores)
  • Ribbon or string, for message
  • Small slips of paper, for message

Directions:

1. Bake the brownies

Why settle for a box of chocolates when you can make a heart-shaped brownie treasure box?
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Bake the brownies in a 9 x 13-inch pan, according to the directions on the box. While they are still warm, cut the brownie hearts with a cookie cutter.

More: Fruit Roll-Ups Fortune Cookie Valentines

2. Fill the heart containers

Why settle for a box of chocolates when you can make a heart-shaped brownie treasure box?
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Place each brownie inside a heart-shaped acrylic container.

3. Shape the brownie hearts

Why settle for a box of chocolates when you can make a heart-shaped brownie treasure box?
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Press them down inside the molds with a spoon or small melon baller. Allow them to cool completely.

More: Edible Teacup Cookies

4. Remove the brownie hearts

Why settle for a box of chocolates when you can make a heart-shaped brownie treasure box?
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Remove the brownies carefully from the plastic molds with a small knife.

5. Fill 'em up

Why settle for a box of chocolates when you can make a heart-shaped brownie treasure box?
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Fill the brownies with desired candy, ice cream, strawberries, etc.

6. Seal the brownie treasure boxes

Why settle for a box of chocolates when you can make a heart-shaped brownie treasure box?
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Pipe a line of chocolate frosting or chocolate candy melts along the edges. Align the tops, and press closed to seal shut. Clean off any excess frosting or chocolate candy melt from the edges.

More: Pop-up Groundhog Cookies

7. Add your Valentine's Day message

Why settle for a box of chocolates when you can make a heart-shaped brownie treasure box?
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Tie your sweet message around the brownie boxes with a ribbon or string, if desired, and present to your valentine.

Why settle for a box of chocolates when you can make a heart-shaped brownie treasure box?
Image: Sandra Denneler/SheKnows; Graphic: Tiffany Egbert

Before you go, check out our slideshow below.

Why settle for a box of chocolates when you can make a heart-shaped brownie treasure box?
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Updated by Sarah Long on 2/9/17

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