Double Chocolate Valentine Brownies

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, divided

1/4 cup sugar

1/2 cup cold butter or margarine

1 (14-oz.) can sweetened condensed milk

1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa

1 egg

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1/2 tsp. baking powder

1 (8-oz.) milk chocolate bar, broken into chunks

3/4 cup chopped nuts (optional)

Powdered sugar (optional)

Icing (optional)

Decorating gel (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 13x9-inch baking pan with foil. Set aside.

In medium bowl, combine 1 cup flour and sugar. Cut in butter until mixture is crumbly. Press firmly on bottom of prepared pan. Bake 15 minutes.

In large bowl, beat sweetened condensed milk, cocoa, egg, remaining 1/4 cup flour, vanilla and baking powder. Stir in chocolate chunks and nuts, if desired. Spread over baked crust. Bake 20 minutes or until set.

Cool. Use foil to lift out of pan. For hearts, cut with heart-shaped cookie cutter, or with knife, cut around waxed paper heart shape. Decorate with powdered sugar, icing or gels, if desired. Store tightly covered at room temperature.

Tip: You can also use prepared refrigerated pie crust for bottom layer to save time.

Makes 12 (3-inch) hearts.


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