This lovely little confection was the result of a happy collaboration with someone I love dearly, my daughter, Julie. How fitting that it is a Valentine’s Day treat with its heart shape, rich chocolate and XO candy decoration! This dessert was not at all what I had in mind this weekend as I was busy in the kitchen making a variety of treats for a Valentine’s Day dessert table. I actually planned to make two very simple desserts but my creativity got the better of me.
First, I grabbed a couple of these adorable strawberry HeartMallows I found at my local Target.
I melted some dark chocolate disks in the microwave and began dipping them only halfway. The pink marshmallows were such a pretty color I didn’t want to cover them all up. Here’s what they looked like as they were drying on the wax paper.
Except for letting them dry and cleaning up the edges a bit, I thought, one dessert down, one to go so I moved on to my next dessert. I had some brownie batter leftover from when I made Mini Brownie Pies. (Those came out SO great by the way, so if you missed that post and tutorial you can read it here.)
For the brownies, I decided to use my silicone pan to make bite sized heart shaped brownies. I love this bite-size hearts pan from Wilton, just don’t forget to spray it with a non-stick baking spray.
The brownie batter was in the fridge from the day before when I made the Mini Brownie Pies. Since the batter was thick, it was so easy to fill up my pans quickly. I just dropped a heaping teaspoon of batter into the mold and pushed them down a bit so they spread to the edges. I baked them in the oven for a few minutes until a tester came out clean.
So there I was, with these cute little chocolate dipped strawberry marshmallows and these fun, bite-sized dark chocolate brownies and as I looked from one to the other, I thought, “These two should be married!” So I took out my handy little food paintbrush, dipped it in some of the melted chocolate from the marshmallows and painted the center of the bottoms of the brownies. (You can do either side, but I thought the bottoms looked a little prettier than the tops.)
Then I took my marshmallows and stuck them onto the brownie and let them dry. This is how they turned out.
I thought these were pretty darned cute and I gave myself a mental pat on the back for making something with a little originality. They looked like craft punches to me so I was feeling a little Martha Stewart-ish! My teens were holed up in their bedrooms doing homework so I decided to reward them each with one of my new treats and get some feedback. My son, who likes nearly everything I bake, happily wolfed it down. My daughter thoughtfully inspected it and before she even gave it a try said, “You know what would make these even better? If you dipped the WHOLE thing in chocolate!” Seconds later, this was the scene in my kitchen:
I added back the missing pink color by using these fun XO candy decorations.
These Chocolate Covered Marshmallow Brownie Bites are way better than the chocolate dipped marshmallows and brownie hearts I originally set out to make. Together, they make a perfect match for a Valentine’s Day dessert!
What special treats are you making or serving on Valentine’s Day? Leave a note in the comments section!
Have a sweet day!