The perfect size for sharing, these fudgy brownies are impossible to resist–and any leftovers will make a decadent midnight snack with ice cream. Feeling time-pressed? Use a brownie mix that comes with icing or buy brownies and follow our directions for cutting out hearts.
Buy a 450-g tub of spreadable dark chocolate icing. Or to make your own for entire brownie, coarsely chop 6 (1-oz/30-g) squares semi-sweet chocolate. Place in a microwave-safe bowl with 1/3 cup (75 mL) whipping cream. Microwave, uncovered, on medium 2 minutes. Stir, then microwave until whipping cream is warm and chocolate begins to melt, about 1 more minute. Remove from microwave and stir until completely melted and smooth. Then stir in 1/2 teaspoon (2 mL) vanilla. Spread icing over whole pan of cooled brownies. Or, on stove-top, stir chocolate with whipping cream in a small saucepan set over low heat until melted and smooth, about 5 minutes. Stir in vanilla. If making icing just for 4 brownie hearts, cut recipe in half.