Giant Brownie Valentine’s Day Heart

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This recipe doesn’t require much. I’m not kidding. It’s actually all about presentation!

So, grab ye a brownie box mix from the grocery store shelf (Ideally one with chocolate icing included!) and the three ingredients it requires and mix it up per the box instructions.

Stick a cast iron skillet in the oven (my House Copper one is 8” and the mix fits perfectly in it) and start to pre-heat the oven. You can do what the box suggests, or add 25 degrees. So if it says 350F, make it 375F if you wish. Otherwise, it’s fine to sit at 350F.

Once the oven (and skillet) are pre-heated, pull out the skillet with a hot pad and place it on a heat-safe surface like the stove top or a trivet. Pour the brownie mix in the skillet and put it in the oven for the appropriate time for an 8” x 8” square pan.

When the timer beeps, check the center. You may need to put the skillet back in for a while. The center should be tall and crackling when the whole thing is done. A long wood kebob skewer helps determine the center’s doneness best. When it comes out clean, it’s done.

Pull out the skillet and let the whole thing cool. When cool, take a plastic knife and cut out as big a heart shape as the skillet will allow.

Place on a plate and cover with the frosting (if you have kids, they will want to decorate it more with white and red Jimmy sprinkles, etc…anything goes!).

And suddenly you have a lovely special dessert for Valentine’s Day dinner in!

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