Introduction: I (heart) Accuracy Brownies

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These aren't just moist and delicious, they're also anatomically correct.

If you're going to make brownies for Valentine's Day (or any other day, for that matter), why not accurately express how you really feel?

Thanks to everyone for your comments and votes!

Step 1: Making Brownies

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You'll Need. . .

- large bowl
- measuring spoons and cups
- wire whisk
- knife (to chop chocolate)
- 8 inch square baking dish
- small mesh sieve for stencil (I'm using a large tea ball here)

- 10 tablespoons (1 1/4 sticks) butter
- 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 1/4 cups sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 2 large eggs
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 4 ounces chopped chocolate (2 ounces each of milk and dark used here)
- cooking spray
- powdered sugar for stencil

Step 2: Mmm, Brownies. . .

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1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees
2. Place butter in a microwave safe bowl and heat on high for 35 seconds or until melted
3. Add sugar and cocoa powder and mix well
4. Microwave an additional 45 seconds, mix again
5. Allow to cool slightly
6. While it's cooling down, chop the chocolate into small pieces
7. Add the eggs to the cocoa-butter mixture one at a time, mixing well after each
8. Add salt, vanilla, and flour. Mix well
9. Stir in chocolate chunks
10. Pour into pan that has been sprayed with non-stick spray (be sure to spray it really well; I didn't do it, but it's probably a good idea to flour the pan as well as these are really moist and gooey brownies, and they will stick)
11. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean
12. Allow to cool fully (I usually pop the pan in the freezer to speed this along and help make sure they're solid).

Step 3: Making the Stencil

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While they cool, make the stencil.

You'll Need:
1. Some paper
2. A computer with Photoshop or similar
3. A printer
4. A small sharp blade
5. An image of a heart (or whatever you'd like to use)
6. A small piece of thick-ish plastic (larger than the image - having a couple pieces on hand may be a good idea in case you mess up)
7. Double-sided tape

Step 4: The Nitty-Gritty

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The screenshots and images below illustrate each step:

1. Select the portion of the image you'd like to use - I'm using only the heart
2. Convert the image to black and white
3. Turn the brightness up to around 25, and the contrast up to 100
4. Carefully erase the filled areas leaving only the lines of the image. I zoom in to do this since it makes it easier to see what's going on. (Image 5 below shows with all the areas erased)
5. Add a new blank layer above the one you've created and begin painting over the lines with black (Image 7 shows the two layers)
6. Delete the original layer and cleanup the lines on the outline layer. It is best to connect all the areas so that the stencil is more solid. this will also make cutting easier
7. Print your image (I sized mine to print as about a 2.5 inch square)
8. Tape the plastic over the printout
9. Cut out the areas that are blank, leaving only the lines
10. Remove your fancy plastic stencil.

Step 5: The Fun Part

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1. Cut around the edges of the pan, and divide the brownies (because of the size of stencil I used, I was able to make four brownies from the pan - they're pretty big though)
2. Remove a brownie from the pan and place on a serving plate
3. Place the stencil on top of the brownie
4. Put a few spoonfuls of powdered sugar into the sieve or tea ball
5. Hold over the brownie and stencil and tap the side gently
6. Hold the edges of the stencil and lift straight up quickly
7. Behold your pretty pretty brownie!


JungleMugsy (author)2011-12-30

I like brownies and it's a change from the traditional heart shaped like a woman's bum as she is bending over

Thanks :)

kimithy (author)2010-09-10

Does the powdered sugar stay when the brownies are handled? I think maybe very lightly brushing the top of the brownie with a little sugar-syrup before dusting the powder on may help it stick well, if not?

shesparticular (author)kimithy2010-09-10

I haven't had much of a problem with it brushing off, but sugar syrup sounds like a great idea if you wanted to make sure it was really held in place well. Thanks so much for the comment!

Rotten194 (author)2009-03-11

♥ And congratz on the win :D

shesparticular (author)Rotten1942009-03-11


Lftndbt (author)2009-02-09

WoW!! That looks great!!

shesparticular (author)Lftndbt2009-02-09

Thanks, Lft. . .and thanks for not picking on my apparently sad-looking heart.

its not sad-looking! I could tell it was a heart! on the.... ummm... last page? but its sugary, so its not sad!

Lftndbt (author)shesparticular2009-02-09

No problems.

Perhaps the issue is that your heart is too accurate. Apparently some people have never viewed a heart before.

galactiphat (author)2009-02-18

Not tooting my own horn or anything, but I noticed it was a heart right off the bat!

Nice instructable =]

Thanks - and thanks for the comments, everyone else! I'm sorry if maybe it wasn't clear to everyone, but I think it's at least passable.

Sandisk1duo (author)2009-02-08

couldn't tell that that was a heart! great instructable!

Tamaresque (author)Sandisk1duo2009-02-15

I couldn't tell that was a heart, either - and I read it as "One to less than three accuracy brownies". I thought the name was intriguing, so I clicked!

Lftndbt (author)Sandisk1duo2009-02-09


Sandisk1duo (author)Lftndbt2009-02-09

ya, on the first picture

Lftndbt (author)Sandisk1duo2009-02-09


I guess it's not perfect, but it's pretty tough when it's about a 2 inch square image. . .maybe it's fair to say it's "heart-like"

mweston (author)2009-02-14

Yay symbols (and brownies)... ☀☁☂☆☏☕☢☮☾♕♘♻⚐⚠⚡

Rob K (author)2009-02-14

I ♥ Brownies

sex (author)2009-02-12

well written you can type a unicode heart with ALT +3 ♥

RichardBronosky (author)sex2009-02-12

I ♥ !

sex (author)RichardBronosky2009-02-13

advantage Pc
shortcut access ( a-z ,shift + ALT 0-9) in the Taskbar addressbar
► toolbars + autohide toolbars +

RichardBronosky (author)sex2009-02-12

I ♥ ☃ ! ✌ out!

Jarl (author)2009-02-12

hehe, I love this. =)

shesparticular (author)Jarl2009-02-12

Thanks everyone! I'm really happy with how they turned out and I'm glad you all seem to enjoy them so much.

sex (author)2009-02-12

well written you can create a unicode heart with ALT+ 3

PurpleHel (author)2009-02-10

Rather than manually erasing the filled in areas of your anatomical image, you could also use a convert to line drawing process. I googled for photoshop convert line drawing and got lots of hits, here's one of them. Useful for those of us with less steady mouse hands! :) Similar tutorials exist for Gimp and any other image manipulation program one might fancy.

shesparticular (author)PurpleHel2009-02-10

Thanks, heldc, I thought of that after I'd done it and didn't think to add anything in about that. I haven't used this method, but it seems like it'd make it easier (though the cutting still means having a steady hand).

DRADIS (author)2009-02-10

I <3 this instructable!

the_sandypants (author)2009-02-10

2 thumbs up! I believe I might just try this.

pineapplenewton (author)2009-02-08

Really good idea but its too bad that the final product isn't recognizable as a hart w/out seeing the first image.

Lftndbt (author)pineapplenewton2009-02-09

Are you sure?

temp (author)2009-02-08

What does the sign on your computer say?

shesparticular (author)temp2009-02-08

It's a Chicago street sign (born and raised here); they're all over here, mostly in alleys and on smaller streets where they're put in to slow people down a bit - it says "Speed Hump Ahead"

omnibot (author)shesparticular2009-02-08

Heh, very sensible sign that :)

temp (author)shesparticular2009-02-08

lol =P. Thanks for telling me!

hydrnium.h2 (author)2009-02-08

Strangely, enough, that's why valentine hearts are shaped so unlike real hearts, because in the middle ages artists couldn't make the hearts in stained glass in enough detail to have it look real. So they just replaced it with a pink blobby thing. Actually, I don't know if this is true. But it sure sounds cool, doesn't it?

gmjhowe (author)2009-02-08

Well, brownies, and the use of a ASCII heart, you get my vote..

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