Queen of Hearts Brownies
Contributed by Diane S.

Recipe By     : Woman's Day  2/16/99
Serving Size  : 25   Preparation Time :0:10
Categories    : Desserts

  Amount  Measure       Ingredient -- Preparation Method
--------  ------------  --------------------------------
   4      ounces        unsweetened baking chocolate
   1      stick         butter or margarine
   1 1/4  cups          sugar
   3      large         eggs
   1      teaspoon      vanilla extract
     3/4  cup           flour
   1      cup           semisweet chocolate chips
                        ---Peppermint Icing---
     1/3  cup           butter or margarine -- 5 tbsp. plus 1 tsp.
   1      cup           confectioners' sugar
   1      cup           marshmallow cream
   1      tube          red glossy decorating gel

1. Heat oven to 325F. Line an 8 inch square baking pan with foil, letting
the ends extend above pan on 2 sides. Lightly grease foil.

2. Brownies: Melt chocolate and butter in 2 quart saucepan over low heat,
or in a large bowl in microwave. Remove from heat and whisk in sugar, eggs
and vanilla. Stir in flour and chocolate chips until blended. Scrape into
prepared pan.

3. Bake 25-30 minutes until tests done. Cool completely on wire rack.

4. Icing: Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium-low heat, or in a
medium bowl in the microwave. Add remaining ingredients and beat with mixer
on medium speed until smooth. Icing will be slightly runny and that's ok!

5. Spread icing on brownie and immediately squeeze 25 evenly spaced small
dots of red decorating gel on the icing. With a toothpick draw a line to
make a heart (down center), wiping after each one. Refrigerate until icing
sets, at least 2 hours.

6. Lift foil by ends onto a cutting board. Cut between hearts to make 25
squares.

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