Dark Heart Brownies

updated Feb 11, 2020
Valentine's Day
Dark Heart Brownies

These triple-chocolate brownies are covered in a deep dark chocolate ganache and topped with dark chocolate hearts.


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Brownies are one of the most beloved Valentine’s Day treats because they satisfy everyone’s hankering for chocolate, you can whip them up in under an hour, and you can adjust the ingredients for any number of crowds (hello, paleo brownies). These brownies — covered in deep, dark chocolate ganache and topped with dark chocolate hearts — are for those of us who really really love chocolate and also for those of us who are a little more cynical about the holiday. (That’s why we’re calling them “Dark Heart Brownies!”) These brownies would be for watching horror films by yourself or with your best gals.

Credit: Joe Lingeman; Food Stylist: CC Buckley

The Deepest, Darkest Ganache-Topped Brownies

Shortcutting the baking process with a box of brownie mix frees you up to focus on what’s really important here: the toppings. In this case, you’ll bake your favorite brownie mix in a 9-by-13-inch pan to create a thinner brownie, and then you’ll melt chopped dark chocolate and stir in some heavy cream as they cool. You’ll then spread the rich ganache onto the brownies for a treat that’s about 50 percent brownie and 50 percent frosting.

The final flourish is a flurry of sprinkles — you can use pink if you’re feeling sweet, or opt for chocolate to go for a darker theme — and pressing in dark chocolate hearts, such as Dove Promises.

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Dark Heart Brownies

These triple-chocolate brownies are covered in a deep dark chocolate ganache and topped with dark chocolate hearts.

Serves 12

Nutritional Info


  • 1 box

    your favorite brownie mix

  • 14 ounces

    bite-sized dark chocolate hearts, such as Dove Promises

  • 1/2 cup

    heavy cream

  • 1/4 cup

    red, white, and pink or Valentine's Day sprinkles


  1. Prepare 1 box of your favorite brownie mix according to package directions, baking them in a 9x13-inch baking pan. Set aside to cool for at least 10 minutes. Meanwhile, unwrap 14 ounces chocolate hearts. Set aside 12 for topping. Coarsely chop the remaining chocolates.

  2. Make the ganache: Place the chopped chocolate in a medium microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high in 30-second bursts, stirring between each burst, until the chocolate is mostly melted, 1 1/2 to 2 minutes total. Stir in 1/2 cup heavy cream and microwave for 30 seconds more.

  3. Spread the warm ganache over the brownies and press the 12 reserved chocolate hearts into the ganache. Sprinkle with 1/4 cup sprinkles. Cool completely before cutting into 12 squares.

Recipe Notes

Storage: Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature up to 4 days.