Cream Cheese Swirl Heart Brownies

Valentine’s Day only a couple weeks away! I thought I would get in the spirit by making heart brownies. There is nothing better for Valentine’s day than chocolate. OK well maybe diamonds, but who doesn’t love a brownie? These are not just any ordinary brownies. These are extra special for that extra special someone. To make them extra special I made a pretty pink cream cheese swirl and topped them off with a milk chocolate heart!

This recipe is super simple! To save time and energy I started with a box of brownie mix. The cream cheese swirl is made from scratch with some added food coloring. If you like brownies from scratch then definitely start with a basic brownie recipe.

What You Will Need:
1 Box Brownie Mix
(all ingredients listed on the box of brownie mix)
4 ounces of cream cheese (softened)
1/3 cup sugar
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
pink or red food coloring
9 milk chocolate hearts
3″ heart shaped cookie cutter
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees (325 degrees for dark or nonstick pan). Grease the bottom of a 13 in. x 9 in. pan. In a medium bowl beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Add egg and vanilla. Beat until well blended. Add a few drops of food coloring to get desired pink color. 
  2. In a large bowl make prepare the brownie mix according to the directions on the box. Spread 3/4 of the batter into the greased pan. 
  3. Spoon cream cheese filling using a teaspoon evenly on top of the brownie batter. 
  4. Spoon remaining brownie batter on top of the cream cheese filling. 
  5. Cut through the batter several times with a butter knife to create a swirl design. 
  6. Bake 33 to 37 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  7. Let sit for 3 minutes and then make light marks with heart shape. Place milk chocolate hearts in the middle of the hearts. 
  8. Let brownies and milk chocolates cool completely before cutting out the heart shapes.
  9. Cut out heart shapes with cookie cutter. Remove excess brownie scraps around the heart. (These can be for mommy!)
  10. Sprinkle with powdered sugar if desired.

*Note if you do not have a heart shaped cookie cutter, this recipe works great for square brownies as well.

Finished! Time to share these yummy brownies with the ones you love. My girls had a fantastic time helping me make these and they especially enjoyed eating all the scraps! This recipe is so cute to give to friends or to have at a Valentine’s party. I hope you enjoy this recipe. Please feel free to leave me a comment!

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