They may not be the prettiest brownies ever, but they were tasty, and Hubby's coworkers appreciated them nonetheless on Valentine's Day.
The strawberry frosting I whipped up for the hearts was super easy. Most recipes for from-scratch strawberry frosting called for pureed strawberries. Since the frosted hearts were a last-minute idea, rather than running out to the store to buy strawberries (which aren't in season in the middle of February anyway), I used strawberry jam instead. It turned out so delicious I'm saving the recipe for future baking adventures.
Strawberry Frosting Recipe
Makes 1 cup.
1/4 cup butter, softened at room temperature
1/2 cup strawberry jam
2 cups confectioner's sugar
1/4 cup half & half
DirectionsIn a large bowl, beat butter and strawberry jam until light and fluffy. Slowly beat in 1/2 cup confectioner's sugar. Add the half & half, then beat in the remaining confectioners' sugar. Add more half & half or confectioner's sugar as needed to produce a good spreading consistency. Refrigerate until ready to use.