Growing up, Valentine’s Day was never a day to really celebrate “love”. Instead, it was a fun holiday where Mom drove my sisters and I to the drugstore where we each would excitedly get to pick out a box of silly cards with phrases such as, “Be Mine” or “Stay Sweet.” I still find it hilarious when my daughters come home from school and carefully inspect every card to see which kids gave them a card with a subtle romantic gesture expressed through them – who writes these cards? This only goes to show that these typical Valentine’s Day classroom rituals haven’t changed much since I was a kid.
Next week class parties happening across the country will be celebrating this fun holiday with the exchanging of cards and candy, fun games, arts and crafts, and of course… good food. Here is a simple but oh-so-good brownies recipe that is sure to be a hit at the party.
Made with melted chocolate and a touch of cocoa, the ganache brownies are made complete with a very thin layer or ganache frosting. You can easily make this the night before and they make enough for each person to have one. Although decadent and rich, these bite-sized chocolate morsels make any day more special, and far more fun than anyone telling me to “Be Cool,” ever could through a character themed card. Enjoy1
Don’t forget to check out these Valentine’s Day treat ideas from our archives! You’ll find plenty of great treats, inspiration, and ideas.
- Edible Expressions of Love for Valentine’s Day
- Valentine’s Day Treat Ideas
- Healthy Treats for Class Celebrations
- Sweet Ideas for Valentine’s Day Class Parties
Recipe: Ganache Brownie Bites
2-Bite Ganache Brownie Bites recipe. A wonderful bite-sized brownie with a thin layer of ganache frosting on top.
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1/2 cup semi-chocolate chips
- 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
- 6 tablespoons sugar
- 2/3 cup all purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 large eggs
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- Ganache: 3 tablespoons semi chocolate chips plus 2 tablespoons heavy cream
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Melt the butter and the chocolate chips together in the microwave for 60 seconds in a larger bowl. Stir the chocolate until it is smooth.
- Stir in the sugars, flour, cocoa powder, eggs, baking powder, and salt until the batter is smooth.
- Line a mini tin with small paper liners. Place a generous tablespoon in each cup.
- Bake the brownies for 13-15 minutes until done.
- Allow the brownies to cool for 30 minutes before dipping the tops in ganache.
- Ganache instructions: Melt the chocolate chips and cream in a microwave safe bowl for 60 seconds in the microwave. Stir the mixture until it turns into a deep chocolate sauce. Do not worry if the sauce looks like chocolate milk at first, keep stirring quickly until the chocolate and cream are mixed well. The sauce will change consistency.