Valentine’s Brownies

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Valentine's BrowniesAren’t these Valentine’s Brownies adorable?  I think so.

When I was in college, I used to work at a teeny-bopper clothing store.  About once a week, on my lunch break I would buy a treat at one of the cookie stores.  I would either buy a chocolate chip cookie or a brownie topped with buttercream frosting.  That store is long gone, and with two kids in tow I don’t make it to mall often anyway.

I’ve been craving one of those tasty brownies for a while now, but with my new dietary restrictions I just wasn’t sure how that was going to happen.

I realize there are a couple really good boxed mixes for gluten free brownies, but you know me, I like to bake from scratch when I can.  So, three attempts later, I finally had a brownie that was perfect for this recipe idea.

Valentine's Brownies

If you aren’t in need of a special brownie recipe, try my traditional Decadent Chocolate Brownie recipe and Amazing Buttercream Frosting recipe to make these.

If you are making these, plan ahead!  I found making the brownies the day before cutting to be easiest and then after cutting them and frosting them, they were perfect texture the following day.  Can you do it all in one day…sure, but they are a bit gooey (more fudge-like and a bit sticky).  Allowing them to dry out a bit really does help.

Get the look (these are my favs):

Heart-shaped Cookie Cutters
1M decorating tip
Red Dye

Valentine’s Brownies
  • Brownie:
  • ¾ cup rice flour
  • ⅓ cup potato starch
  • 3 tbls tapioca starch
  • ⅔ tsp xantham gum
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup coconut oil
  • 1 cup cocoa powder
  • 1½ cups sugar
  • 1 cup applesauce (room temp)
  • 1½ tsp vanilla
  • Frosting:
  • 1 cup butter-flavored shortening
  • 2 tbls warm water (2-3)
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 lb confectioners sugar
  1. Brownie:
  2. Preheat oven to 350F. Line a 9x13 inch pan with parchment paper and spray with non-stick cooking spray.
  3. Combine flours, xanthum gum, and baking powder in a medium bowl. Mix well to combine.
  4. In large microwave safe bowl, melt coconut oil (if it's not already in a liquid state). Add in cocoa and sugar and mix well to combine. Stir in applesauce and vanilla.
  5. Blend in dry ingredients until incorporated. Pour into prepared pan and spread to edges of pan. Bake 30-35 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Cool completely.
  6. Using parchment paper pull the brownies out of the pan and place on a cutting board (I found doing this after brownies sit for one day to be easiest). Using a metal heart-shaped cookie cutter, cut out brownies and gently move to serving platter with a spatula.
  7. Decorate with frosting (recipe below).
  8. Frosting:
  9. Beat together shortening, 1 tbsp of warm water, vanilla, and almond until smooth and creamy. Beat in the sugar gradually on a low setting. Scrape sides of bowl as needed.
  10. Mixture will be very thick. After all sugar is incorporated, add 1-2 more tbsp. of warm water and beat at medium/medium-high speed for 1-2 more minutes. Adding more warm water will continue to thin the frosting consistency and bring down the sweetness even more. Add as much as you like to get the appropriate flavor and consistency. Be careful because a little goes a long way.
  11. The frosting can also be made several days in advance and stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Bring to room temperature, then mix well before using. Leftovers should be refrigerated.
  12. Get the look by using a couple drops of red dye and us Decorating Tube 1M fitted into a piping bag.
Using a boxed mix or other brownie recipe will work just fine. Try this traditional brownie recipe if you aren't gf, df, or ef.


  1. These are too cute! Thanks so much for sharing this – I repinned and hope to make these very soon! (I’m also hoping to make those PB Stuffed ones – yum!!)

  2. Thanks so much! It is really tough to find GF holiday recipes!

  3. Those are so adorable! I am loving all the recipes in Ziplist. I have planned the past two weeks of meals through it, and my kids have loved every single one! I’ve made a couple of yours. :)

  4. Is it really almost Valentine’s Day? Great recipe and alternative – trying to reduce wheat myself, and one thing I really miss are brownies!

  5. Brownies are the perfect V-Day treat!

  6. terri tillman says:

    oh my…those look so good. brownies AND butter cream frosting!! what could be better than that? nothing.

  7. these brownies look delicious!

  8. Lisa Brown says:

    Those are beautiful brownies, almost too pretty to eat.

  9. Those look amazing! My husband loves brownies so i will definately make these for him…yum

  10. Mary Happymommy says:

    They look so pretty!

  11. These valentine brownies look yummy – will definitely have to give them a try!

  12. Mary Beth Elderton says:

    So pretty! And healthier! *pinned*

  13. Lori Thomas says:

    Look very pretty & yummy!!

  14. lorene holbrook says:

    yum, yum, yum! brownies…. good…. LOL… thanks for sharing

  15. Jennifer Hedden says:

    These look so cute and delicious. I love brownies, but have never tried any with buttercream frosting. I will definitely be making these for my sweetie for Valentine’s Day. Thank you for sharing these recipes!

  16. Now these are so cute and yummy! Brownies and buttercream together, I would be in heaven.

  17. My family would be so impressed if I made these for them. I may just have to.

  18. Margaret Smith says:

    These are really adorable. What a hit this would be with my husband and kids on Valentines Day.

  19. Erica Barnes says:

    These look so good! I’d be in heaven eating these.

  20. Sandra K321 says:

    These are adorable. My son’s birthday is on Valentine’s Day and these would be fun to make.

  21. These look delicious! What a perfect treat for my grandsons!

  22. Looks good and easy. I will try this recipe for a February potluck luncheon.

  23. Gena Durbin Carrico says:

    Thanks for the recipe, I have a friend looking for GF recipe’s I will have to pass this on to her.

  24. MMMM have to try this recipe! yum

  25. What an AMAZING job you did frosting them!! Stunning!!

  26. kelly nicholson says:

    oh no..its amost that day!

  27. I will add this to my collection of Holiday Recipes. They look really good!

  28. So cute! I just might have to try these

  29. Cynthia C says:

    I never thought of decorating brownies for holidays. Thanks for the idea!

  30. these look delicious!

  31. Thanks for the recipe, these are really cute and look easy to make. Pinned for a future baking project!

  32. These look great! My family loves brownies & frosting so this is perfect!

  33. Love that they are gluten-free now to find low carb…lol

  34. Mary Withrow says:

    I truly believe home made gifts are the best!!

  35. Margie Young says:

    Wow, those look so good !!!

  36. What a fun way to make a brownie pretty!

  37. This brownies look delicious, thank you!

  38. I’ll have to make these!

  39. these are so cute! I have never made my own brownies before. This would be great to try.

  40. Lori Dunbar says:

    Beautiful! Thank You!

  41. Everybody loves brownies and these would be great for Valentines day with the cute toppings piped on them.
    Tho it may be easier for me to use a brownie boxed mix instead of your recipe. Thanks for the idea.

  42. Cute way to celebrate Valentine’s Day

  43. Those look good, but I would have to substitute the Rice Flour, I don’t know what it is but I have not found one recipe I like that is made with Rice Flour. Otherwise they are adorable and I will be trying them

  44. I love the way the frosting looks, to bad mine wouldn’t turn out like that lol!

  45. Great idea for Valentine,so cute and the brownies must be very tasty

  46. Mya Murphy says:

    those brownies are too cute to eat!!! But, I’d force myself ha ha

  47. Linda Peavy says:

    Too fun! I am going to try this!

  48. Barbara Montag says:

    These are truly special – thanks for sharing!

  49. I adore the decoration you’ve given to the humble brownie! Why should cakes and sugar cookies get all of the special piped frostings? We don’t have any dietary restrictions in our house but your recipe looks interesting. I’ve never used rice flour before and only used potato starch in bread!

  50. These brownies are precious! What a lovely idea. I’m trying to decide what to do for my sweetie for Valentine’s Day. These are going on the list of possibilities! :)
    Thank you for sharing!

  51. Karen Glatt says:

    These are such cute Valentine’s Brownies. I love brownies and these are made so cute and they look so delicious!

  52. Those are too cute!

  53. Rich Hicks says:

    What a novel way of making brownies! I want to make some of these!

  54. Ahh, those are the cutest brownies ever!

  55. Kat Hanaway says:

    Those are SOO SWEEET!!!! I can’t wait to make these brownies for my kids and my man! They will all feel so loved when I serve them these!!

  56. These look delicious!

  57. oh yumm!

  58. i’d have to stare at them for a minute before eating, and then not share them at all!

  59. Looks so awesome! We’re GF here and this fits the bill!

  60. The brownies looks delicious. I think I’ll have some tonight.

  61. I am fond of sweet dish and this time your brownies was a hricane in my kitchen. my all friends loved it specialy my sister loved it the most. your dishes are awsom and i am now fond of your dishes. please provide me more.

  62. So pretty!!

  63. These little heart shaped brownies are just too cute!

  64. oooh, yummm!! I love brownies so much…and while I’m not gluten-free, but I would make them your way in a heartbeat. These would be so perfect to have on hand for gluten-free guests on Valentine’s Day.

  65. These look delicious Wendy!! Pinned!

  66. I loooooove brownies with frosting! I know exactly the ones from the cookie store you’re talking about and now I’m craving them too!


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