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Heart Shaped Brownies….Pinterest Fail!!!

When I first joined Pinterest a few years ago, it was like a whole new world opened up.  No more searching for fun projects, there they were, all right in front of me, begging for me to try them.  The first few projects I tackled went well, and then I moved on to recipes.  It is amazing how far a great photo can go, you feel like you have to make whatever it is immediately, and you have to try it now!  Other things I find on Pinterest I file into the ‘to do later’ section of my head (or Pinterest boards).

This Heart Brownie thing was one of those ideas.  I saw this photo….


…..and I though, “wow! what a clever idea!”  Pinterest is full of these clever ideas.  For this, all you need to do is put marbles behind the wrapper, and it makes a heart shape!  Bingo!   So finally, 2 years later, here I am making brownies for a school Valentine’s Day Party.  With no real specifications other than to ‘make brownies’, I think that this would be the perfect time to give this clever idea a try.  So I put the liners into the muffin tin, put the marbles in place, and poured the batter into the liners.

brownie tin

It was really hard to get the batter in, because it was a really small space (I was using a mini muffin tin), but for the most part, it looks good, right?

WRONG!  This was by far the worst thing I have tried off of Pinterest.  I have had a few recipe misses, but this was hands down the worst.  The brownies went over some of the liners, the hearts were distorted, they didn’t cook evenly, and the wrappers stuck to the brownies like crazy.  Maybe…MAYBE this would work better with cupcakes, but personally I wouldn’t ever try this again.  Luckily I had lot’s of batter left and was able to make some good old regular brownies.

I only took a few after pictures, and they are bad because they are from my phone, but you can kind of see what I am talking about.  I actually kind of smooshed these together to see if I could salvage them…it wasn’t possible.

pinterest fail

pinterest fail


While this may have been a disaster on many levels, there is hardly ever an excuse not to eat the brownies, right?  The kids and I may have eaten all one….


  1. Oh my…this is a doozie.

  2. I actually just saw a commercial (can’t even remember the product) where the mom and daughter do this to create cute heart-shaped desserts. They never showed the finished product up close, and I’m betting theirs didn’t turn out any better. I had thought about doing this today to make some treats for some friends and neighbors, but after seeing your end result, I’m avoiding it. THANK YOU for saving me some time and frustration!!!

    • Really?? That is so funny! I am really happy you didn’t try it, because it was a huge waste of time (and extra calories since I felt the need to eat all these little defected brownies…)!

  3. Oh! I’ve seen this one on Pinterest too and wanted to give it a try,glad I didn’t! I tried a couple of things myself last week that didn’t turn out the way they were supposed to! but Allyson, I’m sure they tasted great! & that’s what counts! :-)

  4. Aw man, bummer that it didn’t work out! I’ve run into similar issues though — things that look so simple and clever on Pinterest either fail completely or require substantial changes to get them to work in real life. In any case, thanks for sharing your experience with trying it! :)

  5. Hahaha! I have my own Pinterest Fail that I keep meaning to post. I love these so much. Reminds us not to believe everything we see on Pinterest.

  6. lol! fantastic. I saw this photo going around! Thanks for sharing!

  7. Angelika says:

    Ours worked with regular sized muffin tins and regular marbles.

  8. on the bright side you now know how to get cat shaped brownies…hello kitty theme maybe

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