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Heart-shaped brownie treasure boxes come with a sweet surprise inside

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...

Forget the box of chocolates — brownie treasure boxes are what we really want on Valentine's Day

When a box of chocolates just won't cut it, you can make your own chocolaty Valentine's Day treat with a little something extra inside. A heart-shaped brownie treasure box can be filled with chocolate kisses, candy or ice cream and wrapped with a personalized Valentine's message for your main squeeze.

Skip the traditional card, and give your honey an edible valentine instead. Who could resist breaking into a heart-shaped brownie treasure box to find out what sweet surprise is hiding inside? These boxes are bursting with love and will bring a smile to your loved one's lips.

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

Forget the box of chocolates — brownie treasure boxes are what we really want on Valentine's Day
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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.

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2. Fill the heart containers

Forget the box of chocolates — brownie treasure boxes are what we really want on Valentine's Day
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Place each brownie inside a heart-shaped acrylic container.

3. Shape the brownie hearts

Forget the box of chocolates — brownie treasure boxes are what we really want on Valentine's Day
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Press them down inside the molds with a spoon or small melon baller. Allow them to cool completely.

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4. Remove the brownie hearts

Forget the box of chocolates — brownie treasure boxes are what we really want on Valentine's Day
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Remove the brownies carefully from the plastic molds with a small knife.

5. Fill 'em up

Forget the box of chocolates — brownie treasure boxes are what we really want on Valentine's Day
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Fill the brownies with desired candy, ice cream, strawberries, etc.

6. Seal the brownie treasure boxes

Forget the box of chocolates — brownie treasure boxes are what we really want on Valentine's Day
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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.

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7. Add your Valentine's Day message

Forget the box of chocolates — brownie treasure boxes are what we really want on Valentine's Day
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Tie your sweet message around the brownie boxes with a ribbon or string, if desired, and present to your valentine.

Forget the box of chocolates — brownie treasure boxes are what we really want on Valentine's Day
Image: Sandra Denneler/SheKnows; Graphic: Tiffany Egbert

Updated by Bethany Ramos on 1/18/16

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