My son and I enjoy cooking and baking together, and we had a blast with last week’s football brownies. He was pretty excited to find out that the J.M Smucker Company asked me to “mix up a (another) moment” using Pillsbury™ brownies and frostings from Walmart! We put our heads together and come up with some treats for a sweet and simple act of kindness perfect for Valentine’s Day!
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sweet and simple valentine act of kindness
Since we’d used up our brownie stash last week, it was off to Walmart again to stock up! We grabbed a couple of Pillsbury™ Chocolate Fudge Brownie mixes, along with Pillsbury™ Creamy Supreme® icings (chocolate and vanilla, at the kiddo’s request). We tend to keep a box or two on-hand for rainy or snowy days . . . or just for when the baking mood hits us.
Engineer and I decided we wanted to make some brownies for a couple of neighbors and friends. We’d been “boo-ed” by a friend around Halloween, which entertained my son to no end. Based on that, we wanted to make a Valentine’s Day version. We went with “You’ve been hugged!” If you’d like to “hug” some family and friends, I put together a printable that you can download at the end of this post.
time to make the brownies
Engineer and I grabbed one of the Pillsbury™ Chocolate Fudge Brownie mixes and got to work. He’s been working on his egg-cracking skills and was excited to be in charge of that part! I was permitted to add the water and oil, but he got to do all the mixing. I got everything else ready while he was mixing – heated the oven, lined a pan with parchment paper, and used non-stick spray on a variety of heart cookie cutters.
Once the mix was ready to go, we spooned it into the heart cookie cutters. Some did escape underneath the cookie cutters, but not that much. Once done, the brownies were set to cookin’! I kept a close eye on the brownies, and they were done in about 20 minutes. This will likely vary by oven and location, of course – be sure to check the brownies with a toothpick or a knife before declaring them done.
When the brownies were somewhat cool, I took them out of the cookie cutters. I pulled off the bits that had escaped and gently pulled them out. Apparently I’d forgotten to spray one of the cookie cutters, so that required a sharp knife to remove. Other than that one, the brownies looked lovely and heart-shaped!
After the brownies were completely cooled, we broke out the Pillsbury™ Creamy Supreme® icings. We also grabbed some candy hearts and valentine-themed sprinkles to use for decoration. Engineer and I enjoyed just hanging out and decorating the brownies while we chatted about who we wanted to surprise with them. In case you’re wondering, yes, we did “sample” a couple of the brownies. Just for quality control, of course!
With the brownies decorated, it was just time to print out our “You’ve been hugged!” tags and wrap up the brownies. They’re ready to surprise a few friends before Valentine’s Day!
If this little act of kindness is up your alley, grab the free printable HERE. Be sure to grab a coupon for Pillsbury™ brownies and frostings before heading to Walmart, too! If you’re looking for some inspiration, pop on over to Pillsbury™’s Pinterest board!
What little act of kindness are you and the kiddos going to try this week? I’d love to see photos of your Valentine’s Day brownies if you decide to “hug” your neighbors – feel free to share them on Fun-A-Day’s Facebook page!
Heart Lesson Plans
Be sure to check out our heart-themed lesson plans for the preschool classroom or the homeschool preschool family. They include weekly plans, explanations of all of the activities, and 9 extra printables to supplement the hands-on learning lessons.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of The J.M. Smucker Company. The opinions and text are all mine.