Chef Lesli Sommerdorf from Harmons came to show us her Heart-Shaped Hazelnut Brownies, the perfect recipe for this occasion! She showed us how versatile you can make your brownie and what other sweet treats are available to pick up at Harmons for your special someone.
Heart-Shaped Hazelnut Brownies
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted
2 cups granulated sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
½ tsp salt
½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
1 cup powdered sugar
1/3 cup chocolate-hazelnut spread, such as Nutella
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 Tbsp heavy cream
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly spray a 9” by 13” baking dish with canola spray.
To make the brownies, in a large bowl, combine the butter and sugar. Add the eggs and vanilla and stir to combine.
In a medium bowl, sift together the cocoa powder, flour and salt. Add to wet ingredients and stir until the flour just disappears. Pour into the prepared dish and spread into an even layer. Bake until lighter in color, batter appears set and firm, 20-25 min. Let cool completely.
To make the filling, in a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat together the butter and powdered sugar on low until well-blended. Add the chocolate-hazelnut spread and increase the speed to medium. Beat for 2 minutes. Add the vanilla and salt and beat for an additional 30 seconds. Add the cream and beat for about 1 minute, until the mixture lightens slightly in both color and texture. Transfer to a piping bag or sealable plastic bag.
Using a heart cookie cutter or stencil, cut 12 hearts out of brownies. Transfer to a work surface and turn over 6 hearts to be the tops of the sandwiches. Pipe filling onto 6 heart “bottoms.” Top with berries, sprinkles or nuts. Top with 6 heart tops and serve.