Heart-shaped Brownies with Fudge Frosting

by Laura on February 1, 2011

Before we moved out of the city, we lived on Hague Avenue in the Merriam Park neighborhood of St. Paul. My sister Molly and I walked to school at St. Mark’s and to Don’s Country Boy on the corner of Selby and Hamline Avenues by ourselves, where we would pick out a candy bar for a nickel. It was always tough to decide between taste and size, and we often fell for the Charleston Chew or the long ropes of Bubs Daddy, promising ourselves that next time we would get a Charms Sweet N Sour Pop no matter how small it seemed. Next door lived the Marose family: Jeannie and Dick and their four sons, Ricky, Jerry, Billy, and Donny. Jeannie’s house was always perfectly clean—we could hear her vacuum running every day as we played outside—and Jeannie was always dressed beautifully. The Marose boys were all older than me, but they were always so kind and polite, and when Chris Drews started bullying me on the way to and from school, Billy and Donny walked me to and from, though I know they silently hated it. I was embarrassed, but I was thrilled. It was only a four-block walk, but Chris Drews could get up to a lot of good terrorizing in that short time, and I was only five. Jeannie would ask after me as we arrived home and whether Billy and Donny were being helpful, and sometimes I would get one of her delicious brownies. All of that kindness, and the brownies, made it all better in my five year-old world. Here is her recipe, which I baked in little aluminum foil heart-shaped pans for Valentine’s Day, topped with my mom’s recipe for fudgy chocolate frosting. I hope they make your world a little better, too.

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Kris Jacobson February 7, 2011 at 12:47 pm

Hey Laura,
I really enjoying reading your blogs and finding out more about you and your life.
The brownies look yummy.

2 Kris Jacobson February 8, 2011 at 11:04 am

These brownies were amazingly rich, which I love!

3 Dani October 25, 2012 at 2:53 pm

Hi Laura and thank you for posting this–looks like a trully perfect brownie both in texture and its top layer attire. I have one question though: Hersheys syrup seems to come in squeeze bottles only except for their fudge topping for ice cream which is in jars. How big was a can of hershey’s syrup back then? Thanks a lot

4 Laura October 25, 2012 at 6:17 pm

Dani, Oh my, my best guess is about 14 ounces. Let me know how they work guesstimating from the squeeze bottle. Best wishes.

5 Zoe January 2, 2013 at 11:14 am

Very nice,
also, I would like to ask you from where did you get the tins for this recipe?
They look so cute!!!
Could you email me with some info please!!!!

6 Laura January 6, 2013 at 10:37 am

Zoe, Thank you. I believe they were Reynolds’ brand. I purchased them at Target.

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