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Valentine’s Day Marshmallow Brownies

Seems like these days Valentine’s Day is more about the kids than it is about us. That’s okay by me – I’ve never been much of a romantic anyway, and Valentine’s Day just seems like “amateur night”–an excuse to go out on a date and make Hallmark happy by buying a card.

Despite the fact that I know I sound like a curmudgeon, it’s still fun to make the kids happy. I remember Valentine’s Day as an elementary schooler: picking out just the right Valentine’s for my class (did I pick the right one??!!), painstakingly signing each one, making a paper bag Valentine holder and those awesome candy hearts.

So, yeah. Valentine’s Day is fun when you have a first-grader in the house. They appreciate kitsch and fanfare, and give an excuse to geek out with the crafts.

Not that I’m crafty, but I love me some Pinterest-gazing.

Speaking of geeking out on crafts, here’s a little treat I plan to include in my first grader’s lunch Valentine’s week. Simple, delicious, chocolatey – what’s not to love?

Prime Parents Club Valentine's Day recipes

Valentine’s Day Marshmallow Brownies

Prep: 10 minutes; Bake: 35 minutes; Yields: 9 big brownies


  • 1 box brownie mix (your favorite – I used dark chocolate)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 9 large marshmallow hearts


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9×9″ glass baking pan with butter and set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the brownie mix, egg, canola oil and water. Stir the batter until it’s well mixed, about 50 strokes with a wooden spoon. Pour into the 9×9″ pan, and use the wooden spoon to smooth out the surface.

Prime Parents Club Valentine's Day Heart Brownies

Place each of the 9 marshmallows evenly on top of the batter, gently pressing down on each one as it’s placed. You want tohave 3 rows with 3 marshmallows each when you’re done.

Bake for 35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of the pan comes out clean (for the most part, a little on the gooey side is okay). Remove the pan from the oven and let the brownies cool completely.

Cut the brownies into 9 large squares.

Down-to-earth approach to food with an ounce or two of snark. Not just restaurants, not just recipes! Mom, wife, friend, co-worker…not always in that order!


  1. Liza

    February 14, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    Well, Jackie – I’m all about simple. And using what I already have in the pantry. Which happened to be brownie mix and marshmallow hearts. LOL! Bonus: They were totally yummy.

  2. Prime Parents Club

    February 8, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    So simple and such a great idea. I NEVER thought of pressing those heart marshmallows into the top like that!


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