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American Classics: Easy Frosted Valentine's Brownies

[Photograph: Alexandra Penfold]

It's Valentine's Day! Still looking for sweets for your sweet? These super easy frosted brownies are fun to make and more fun to eat. Take your favorite brownies, cut out heart shapes, frost with a simple tinted buttercream, and enjoy.

And the best part? For edge lovers like me, there's no waste, only tasty extra edge nibbles for snacking. Or if you want to win extra points with your sweetie, top the scraps with scoops of ice cream and your favorite sundae toppings to make a second dessert course.

About the author: Alexandra Penfold is mild-mannered literary agent by day, food ninja by night. Never one to skip dessert she's the Brownie half of Blondie & Brownie, a Midtown Lunch contributor, and co-author of New York à la Cart: Recipes and Stories from the Big Apple's Best Food Trucks. You can follow her on Twitter at @BlondieBrownie.

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