I haven’t had the energy, the mood or the time to cook much these days. I asked Soso to pick something to bring to school for her birthday that would not involve me baking. She picked brownies.
But I would have to bake the brownies honey.
You can buy them at the store, Mommy.
Well, that got my creative juices and motivation going. Store-bought brownies, in my opinion, are the worst. I can live with store-bought cakes, cupcakes, pies, even muffins, but I have yet to taste a half-way decent store-bought brownies. Oh, the horror.
Then, I remembered the most adorable, really there’s no other word for it, perhaps darling, brownies I had ever seen. It was the day after Valentine’s Day and I remember thinking what a shame that I’ll have to wait a whole year to make them.
White and dark hearted brownies from Smitten Kitchen are seriously beyond cute. And I’m not really a cutesy gal. Go ahead. Click on the link. I’ll wait. *drum drum drum* Am I right? Adorable, darling, cute level factor equivalent of say baby feet. Immediate urges to gobble them up. *shrug* Or maybe that’s just me.
The instructions were simple enough and I had the 1 inch heart-shaped cookie cutter. I had to make these for Soso’s birthday. She would love them. She would be so excited and you know me, I live to make my daughter happy.
Everything came out perfect until I started cutting the brownies. I needed 2×2 squares. I took out my ruler and saw to my utter dismay that the brownie was not a true 8×8. It was a 7.5 x 7.5. If I trimmed the sides a bit to remove the hard parts, a 7 x 7. No way was I going to get the minimum 20 squares I needed for school. I tried a smaller square and the result was a broken heart.
It was 9 PM last night and I was lost. I finally cut the dark and white brownies into small and medium rectangles. I put a small piece on top of the medium piece, alternating the colors. Then I realized that I only had regular toothpicks for inserts. I almost went out to the supermarket last night to get the more festive toothpicks, but there was snow on the car (yes, we had snow the past two days!). I was too tired to clean it up.
If you saw me running around like a mad person at the local A&P or saw me parked outside the school inserting toothpicks into brownies, now you know why.
I had enough brownies to make one white hearted brownie for Soso. The irony in all this and why D asserts that I’m crazy – Soso would have been just as happy serving and eating store bought brownies.
By the way, Deb from Smitten mentioned that it was important to get a decent quality white chocolate. This was the best I could find in my local supermarket. I found it a little too sweet. When I make these again, and I promise you I will, I plan on reducing the sugar. Maybe leave out the 2 extra tablespoon worth.
If anyone has tips for me or explanation as to why my supposed 8 x 8 resulted in a smaller size, please, please let me know!