Failed Valentine’s Brownies

By Marybt,

I know what you’re thinking.  Admit it.  You’re thinking, “How on earth can a person screw up brownies?!  Were you drunk?”  The answers are: I don’t know and no I was not.  This post originally appeared on my blog ( back in February.

I had made some candy hearts for Valentine’s Day.  Here’s some from the first batch.  By the second batch, I had figured out how to get neat edges but I gave all those away before I took a picture.  So you’ll just have to imagine that these are pretty.  (Or you can consider it a bonus fail for your reading enjoyment.)

I had a brilliant idea that I was going to make brownie cupcakes for my parents and put these hearts in the center.  In my imagination, the hearts would soften a bit and, as the brownies cooled, they would harden back up and leave a lovely heart in the middle of the brownie.  This is what happened instead.

I thought to myself, “Self, they may be aesthetically unpleasing, but I’m sure they taste just fine.”  Well, Self was wrong.  Apparently those candy melts are not designed to withstand 350 degree temperatures for thirty minutes.  How do I know this?  Because all the moisture was sucked out of them and they tasted like burned … I don’t know, burned something

No worries.  Martha is still jealous of my culinary skills.  Plus I had some excellent help with my experiment.

And before anyone asks, no I do not let my almost 18 month old (at the time) daughter play with knives.  I just forgot it was sitting there.  And, yes, I do clean my kitchen, I just didn’t do it that day before I took the picture (this was a 360 degree fail!).

7 Responses to Failed Valentine’s Brownies

  1. Emma says:

    That looks a lot like my failed chocolate filled cupcakes, where I envisioned the chocolate lump slowly sinking into the batter and melting into a beautiful chocolatey centre, where they instead sank like stones and burned at the bottom of the cupcake case >.<
    Still, the candy hearts looks super yummy :D

  2. KMOM14 says:

    To quote Thomas Edison “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work. ” – you just found one that didn’t and your sharing your way that didn’t could help prevent others from making the same mistake.

    I had actually thought of doing the same sort of thing myself and I would have thought it would have worked to (as I am sure there are probably others) and you have saved us from doing the same thing.

    If was all worth it for the pic of your adorable little one helping to bake – that is priceless.

  3. OreoFairy says:

    I didn’t even realize the knife was sitting there..I bet she didn’t either. You are baking so a messy kitchen is expected :)

    I also agree the pic of your little one baking is priceless. Also thank you for teaching me to not do the same thing in the future because I know I would have. :)

  4. val says:

    that is hysterical! But at least you TRIED!

    val’s last blog post..An award

  5. Marni says:

    This picture of your daughter is adorable! My daughters are 21 and 17 years old and it reminded me of them when they were little….and they were blondies, too!

    Tip: shove the candy in the cupcakes right after you pull them out of the oven!

    Love your website!

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