These whimsical Valentine's Day blondies are a luscious way to say, 'I love you' We made our lovebirds with red, yellow and green fruit leather, but feel free to use any combination of colours you like.
- Portion size 16 servings
- Credits : Canadian Living Magazine: February 2014
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter softened
- 1 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon red paste food colouring
- fruit leather in desired colours
- 16 candies (such as Wilton Jumbo Hearts Sprinkles)
- 32 sesame seeds
Cream Cheese Icing:
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter softened
- 1/4 cup cream cheese softened
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 1/2 cup icing sugar
- 1 pinch salt
- paste food colouring
MethodIn large bowl, beat butter with brown sugar until light; beat in eggs and vanilla. Whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and salt; stir into butter mixture to make thick batter. Stir in red food colouring until combined.
Scrape into parchment paper - lined 8-inch (2 L) square cake pan, smoothing top. Bake in 325 F (160 C) oven until cake tester inserted in centre comes out with a few moist crumbs clinging, 25 to 30 minutes.
Let cool in pan on rack for 10 minutes. Transfer to rack; peel off paper. Let cool completely.
Cream Cheese Icing: In large bowl, beat butter with cream cheese until light and fluffy; beat in vanilla. Beat in icing sugar, in three additions, until smooth; beat in salt. Transfer 1/4 cup of the icing to small bowl; tint with yellow food colouring to desired shade for beaks. Cover yellow icing with damp towel to prevent drying out; set aside. Spread remaining icing over blondies, smoothing top. Refrigerate until firm, about 15 minutes. Cut into 16 squares.
Using 1-inch (2.5 cm) teardrop-shaped cookie cutter or scissors, cut 32 shapes from fruit leather for bird bodies. Using 3/4-inch (2 cm) teardrop-shaped cookie cutter or scissors, cut 64 shapes from fruit leather for wings. Arrange two bird bodies, close to edge and facing each other, on each square; press two wings together, offsetting slightly, and press onto each body. Place one heart-shaped candy in centre above each pair of birds.
Spoon reserved yellow icing into piping bag fitted with small plain tip; pipe kissing beaks onto birds. Press 1 sesame seed eye onto each bird.
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Nutritional facts per square: about
- Fibre 1 g
- Sodium 87 mg
- Sugars 28 g
- Protein 2 g
- Calories 238.0
- Total fat 11 g
- Potassium 71 mg
- Cholesterol 50 mg
- Saturated fat 7 g
- Total carbohydrate 35 g
- Iron 6.0
- Folate 7.0
- Calcium 3.0
- Vitamin A 10.0