Tomorrow is Valentines Day and this is one of the sweets that I made my sweet Valentine. We are planning a quiet dinner celebration in tomorrow night instead of fighting the crowds. Being married is awesome for many reasons, one of them being guaranteed a Valentine every single year from now until infinity. I have so many reasons to love him. He provides unconditional support (even when I didn’t know I needed it). He does the dishes when I make a huge mess. He folds my laundry. He says I love you every single day. I could go on forever, but I wont!
Sometimes your significant other or spouse is your Valentine; but it doesn’t have to be! I will admit I don’t know all of the technical definitions of where Valentine’s day came from, why we celebrate it, and all that….to me a Valentine is someone you love and cherish your relationship with. Someone who you celebrate not just on February 14th, but every single day of the year. Maybe its your mom, dad, sister, brother, or children. Maybe its a best friend that you talk to everyday. Maybe its a furry four legged companion that gives you unconditional love and reassurance (no chocolate for them). Whoever your Valentine is make sure they know how much you love them and appreciate the impact they have had on your life. Sure, words are great…but nothing says love better than chocolate. Lots and lots of dark chocolate. And maybe a hug.
- 1 stick butter, melted
- 1 c. granulated sugar
- 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs
- 1 tbsp instant coffee or espresso powder
- 1/3 c. dark chocolate cocoa powder (I used Hershey’s brand)
- 1/2 c. all purpose flour
- 1/4 tsp. baking powder
- 1/2 c. chopped walnuts
- 1/4 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a medium bowl combine melted butter and sugar; whisk to combine. Add vanilla extract and eggs, one at a time. Whisk until ingredients are well combined and the mixture starts to thicken.
Next, add instant coffee and whisk one more time.
Add dry ingredients (cocoa powder, flour, baking powder); use a spatula to fold dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. Finally, stir in walnuts and chocolate chips until fully submerged in the intensely dark chocolate batter.
Transfer batter to an 8 x 8 baking dish that has been lightly sprayed with cooking spray. Smooth mixture into an even layer and fight the urge to lick the spoon. I immediately put dish soap and water into the bowl to deter myself!
Bake for 20-25 minutes until a knife comes out mostly clean. Cool and then slice.
I may have gotten a little overzealous and cut into the brownies approximately 7.25 minutes after they came out of the oven. Delicious…yes. Gooey super chocolatey messiness…also yes! Enjoy celebrating tomorrow with your Valentine!
Note: Brownie recipe was adapted from the Hershey’s Best Brownie recipe.