Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Conversation Heart Blondies with Cherry Cream Cheese Frosting

Valentine's Day Conversation Heart Blondies- www.hunwhatsfordinner.com

Valentine's Day has never really been an exciting holiday for me. Growing up, I was labelled a nerd, so it wasn't until my later years, that I actually had someone to celebrate it with. Even now, it still feel like a regular day to me, because I make it a point to show Hubby and the kids that I love them every single day; not just one special day a year. Sure I might get flowers, or chocolates, but that doesn't mean as much as knowing everyday that I am loved by the most wonderful man in the world. Even if we aren't gung ho about the holiday, it doesn't stop me for getting excited when I see all the Valentine's candies. Which was the case, this past weekend.

I stopped by our local bulk store, to get a few baking supplies and couldn't help myself from walking through the Valentine's Day isle. Kisses, truffles, jelly beans and cinnamon hearts were all staring me right in the face. But when I reached the conversation heart bin, I just had to get a couple scoopfuls. I just love these colourful little hearts, with funny and sometimes inappropriate sayings. I knew I wanted to make a Valentine's dessert with them, but I wasn't sure what yet. First I thought of making brownies and just placing these on top, once frosted, but I wanted to be more creative. So I decided to go with blondies. I knew the colourful hearts would looks great in the light chewy blondies.

These blondies are so much fun! I love the different colours peeking through the blond chewy brownie. The hearts actually soften a bit, once baked in the brownies, so they aren't difficult to eat. I went with a cherry flavoured frosting for the top, which goes perfectly with the blondie flavours. The kids LOVED these, saying they were so beautiful and delicious.

Valentine's Day Conversation Heart Blondies- www.hunwhatsfordinner.com

Conversation Heart Blondies with Cherry Cream Cheese Frosting
printable version

1/2 C (1 stick) butter, melted
1/2 C brown sugar
1/2 C sugar
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
Pinch salt
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 C conversation hearts, crushed

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8x8 inch baking dish with parchment paper and butter the parchment.

In a bowl whisk together the melted butter and both sugars, until light and fluffy. Whisk in the egg, vanilla and almond extract; until well combined. Add in the flour, mixed with a pinch of salt and stir until almost combined. Stir in crushed conversations hearts.

Spread into prepared pan and bake for 25-30 minutes, until centre is set. Let cool completely, before frosting.

Frost brownie, cut into 16 pieces and top with additional conversation hearts.

Cherry Cream Cheese Frosting

1/4 C butter
1/3 of a brick of cream cheese
1 tsp almond extract
1 tsp maraschino cherry syrup (for colouring)
1 1/2- 2 C powdered sugar
conversation hearts for garnish

In a bowl, beat together the butter and cream cheese; until smooth. Beat in the almond extract and cherry syrup. Slowly beat in the powdered sugar, to desired consistency (I went for a more stiff frosting) and beat for 2 minutes.


Jenn said...

This is a genius idea - I love it!!!

Michelle Meche said...

I totally get it. Valentine's Day is not a huge deal for me either, but I still try to make it special for my family. Usually with something sweet. These blondies are super cute. Cherry Cream Cheese Frosting sounds great!
Thanks for linking, Cindy.

Cynthia Landrie said...

I love blondies! These are so cute. Thanks for linking to the In and Out of the Kitchen Link Party. Hope to see you next week.

Healing Tomato said...

I absolutely LOVE blongies. This recipe is so beautiful.