I am so in love with Sam! Every age he’s been, I think, “this is the cutest stage” and now that he is six…I think THIS is the cutest stage!
Mike’s niece is turning 20 and we’re going to visit her on her birthday, which falls close to Valentine’s Day. Total aside: I can hardly believe that. Seems like she should be about 13. Sigh. I think this is the way grey hairs creep in.
Anyway, we’re going to Mike’s sister’s house and Sam is so excited. We haven’t been there in ages. We hear they have a new dog named Mabel. Sam can’t wait for Mabel and our dog, Cassie, to be best friends. He is positive they will be, especially because he is packing one of Cassie’s favorite dog treats so Cassie can share with Mabel. Supposedly that’s Cassie’s idea.
Sam also wants to take (people) treats for everyone else so we made these darling heart shaped brownie bites. Remember when I said I scooped up an armload of the Pillsbury ™ Brownie Mixes and Frostings when I was at Walmart last week? It’s so worth having a well-stocked pantry! Although I love to cruise the Walmart aisles as much as the next woman, I also love it when I’m ready to make something and I already have everything I need—what a time saver.
Remembering that I had just blogged about the J.M. Smucker Company, Sam said, “Come on, Mom. Let’s mix up a Pillsbury moment again,” and started getting everything out for me. Little smarty!
HEART SHAPED BROWNIE BITES
- 1 box of Pillsbury™Chocolate Fudge Brownie Mix (family size)
- 1.5 cans of Pillsbury™Funfetti Frosting®
- 1/2 pack of pink melting discs
- 1/2 pack of chocolate almond bark
Bake the brownie mix according to package directions. When it has cooled, mix in the frosting. Then:
- Roll into 1.5 inch balls.
- Flatten slightly, 1/2 inch thick.
- Cut out with small heart shaped cookie cutter.
- If making pops, insert a cake pop stick into the heart.
- Place on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper (NOT on a cookie rack) and freeze overnight.
- In double boiler, melt almond bark and dip the pop in the chocolate and set on cookie rack to drip.
Note: Dough dries REALLY quickly so if not using right away, keep covered. That also means you can’t roll out all the balls first and then cut them all. Each ball must be rolled and then cut the hearts simultaneously or cracking will occur. When coating hearts in chocolate, allow to dry on a cookie rack. If you put the cookie rack in the freezer, the cake pops WILL get stuck. So, keep your rack at room temperature.
Everybody loves brownies and these brownie bites are quite easy to make. They’re great for Valentine’s Day of course and my little brown-eyed sweetheart says they’re good for showing some birthday love, too.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of The J.M. Smucker Company. The opinions and text are all mine.