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Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Skillet Brownies

February 10, 2017
by Michael

Entertaining and Recipes Kitchen and Dining Seasonal Decor

Valentine’s Day is next week, and this holiday wouldn’t be complete without something sweet for your sweet. (Or if you’re like me, something sweet for yourself.)

I don’t know about you, but one of my favorite aisles to visit in HomeGoods is the cooking and baking section. I’m not going to lie; I actually pick up some of my pantry staples there pretty often. There is a great selection of olive oils, vanilla extracts, baking pans, sprinkles and, not to mention, really tasty low-cal popcorn. I always seem to tuck a few goodies in my cart along with my new favorite home finds.

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Recently, I found these mini square skillets and couldn’t pass them up. The possibilities for cooking and baking with these little guys are endless, but I couldn’t get Valentine’s Day out of my head. That lead me to the idea of filling them with something chocolatey — brownies! And since chocolate and peanuts are one of my favorite pairings, a slathering of peanut butter frosting was a necessity.

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So that’s exactly what I made: Mini Skillet Brownies with Peanut Butter Frosting. Perfection!

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Naturally, I had to find cute sprinkles and pink and red candies to complete the look. A few foil and festive napkins are also handy for any crumbs that may escape. (But to be honest, there were only a few.)

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While brownies are sort of a Valentine’s Day classic, when you dress them up in a new and creative way, they become a unique and memorable treat. And that, my friends, is a wonderful way to show the ones you love how much they mean to you on this special day.

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To make these tasty treats, this is what I did:

Mini Skillet Brownies with Peanut Butter Frosting
Makes 6 mini skillet brownies

Here’s what you will need:

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
8 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
3 ounces unsweetened chocolate
3 eggs
1 tablespoon instant coffee granules
1 tablespoon vanilla extra
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt

Peanut Butter Frosting:
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1 cup creamy peanut butter
1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup heavy cream
Sprinkles and candies for decorating, optional

1. Begin by preheating your oven to 350 degrees F.

2. Butter and flour six mini skillet pans. Set aside.

3. In a heat-safe bowl over simmering water, melt together the chocolate chips and butter. Allow this to cool slightly.

4. In a large bowl, stir together the eggs, instant coffee, vanilla and sugar. Slowly stir the warm chocolate mixture into the egg mixture and allow to cool to room temperature.

5. In another bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. Gently stir this into the chocolate mixture until just combined.

6. Then evenly divide the batter into the prepared skillets. (You will use about 1/2 cup of batter per skillet.)

7. Place the skillets on a baking sheet and bake for 25–30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center of each brownie comes out clean. While your brownies cool, prepare the frosting.

8. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the butter and peanut butter on medium to combine.

9. Add the confectioners’ sugar, vanilla and salt. Mix on medium speed until creamy, scraping the sides of the bowl when necessary.

10. Finally, add the cream and beat on high until the mixture is smooth.

11. Once your brownies have cooled, frost them and add sprinkles or candies, if desired.

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These skillet brownies are super simple, and the flavor combination is one that never disappoints. I hope you’ll give this recipe a try. Have a lovely Valentine’s Day!

Michael Wurm Jr. is the blogger behind the popular lifestyle blog, Inspired by Charm, where he shares his love for a decorated life. Whether it’s ideas for easy decorating, a delicious recipe, entertaining inspiration, or a unique DIY project, his goal is to provide tools and tips for everyone to live a happy, colorful life. You can also find Michael on Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook, and Twitter.