my vintage valentines & “book of love” brownies

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~Valentine Treat 6~

My vintage and antique valentines are featured in this weekend’s edition of

The Rochester Post Bulletin!

My friend, Sandy Erdman, wrote a great article!

There was only enough room for two of the valentines

to be pictured….soooo…

I thought I’d share some of my other favorites here.

and the following selections are reproductions, but still very sweet…

and now for that brownie recipe…

~Bonny Doon “Book of Love” Brownies~

Are you familiar with Bonny Doon’s Framboise “Book of Love” raspberry liqueur?

This stuff,  simply put, is raspberries in a bottle. It’s so good, and begs to be served with chocolate. It’s amazing alongside a slice of my flourless chocolate espresso torte, or a piece of cheesecake. My raspberry brownie recipe takes this pairing one step further. I pour a whopping cup of this liquid loveliness into the brownie batter, and what is the result? Nirvana.

To make brownies:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

2 cups flour

1 cup Dutch process unsweetened cocoa powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 cup butter, melted

2 cups sugar

1 cup buttermilk

1 cup Bonny Doon Framboise

2 eggs, lightly beaten

1 teaspoon vanilla

Combine flour, cocoa powder and baking soda in a large mixing bowl. In a separate bowl, combine butter, sugar, buttermilk, liqueur, eggs and vanilla until mixed well. Add to the flour mixture. Mix well. Pour into a well buttered 9×13 cake pan. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until just set.



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  8 comments for “my vintage valentines & “book of love” brownies

  1. Dana
    February 13, 2011 at 9:26 am

    Love the old, vintage cards. I still have a few that I kept when sorting through my grandma’s many cards and photos. Nostalgic!

  2. admin
    February 13, 2011 at 9:48 am

    I love them too. So pretty, I have a difficult time choosing when I find a good pile at an antique store…so I usually just get them all. I hoard. I’m a hoarder. LOL 🙂

  3. Sandy
    February 13, 2011 at 10:04 am

    I love those older Valentines…I remember when we would exchange such beautiful cards….It’s fun to go to antique shops and find those vintage cards…The cupboard with the red and white was going to be used, but I think for space purpose the photo editor was unable to do so….XO…my GF…

  4. admin
    February 13, 2011 at 10:08 am

    Hi Sandy!
    That’s okay…we can always use that pic for a different article 😉
    XO and Happy Valentine’s Day GF

  5. Kimber Dunn
    February 13, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    Loved the article – congrats on being featured again!! Your Valentine’s remind me of the collection of old cards that my grandmother kept. I use to love reading them over and over again, and I appreciate the makers of these old cards and the business heart that was behind these companies before “big business” took over and replaced hearts with machines & money. There’s just *something* special about the history of items like this…

  6. admin
    February 13, 2011 at 10:54 pm


    I agree. The antique and vintage valentines are truly works of art! And as an illustrator I so appreciate the time that obviously went into each and every one. Thanks for commenting!

  7. March 31, 2012 at 11:41 am

    Wow.. those vintage cards are so much fun. How cool. Great brownie recipe too! Booze and brownies = A+ in my book 🙂

    • Melissa
      March 31, 2012 at 11:50 am

      Hi Corey! I collect the vintage and antique valentines 🙂 The brownies are soooo good…kind of a spendy little pan of brownies, but totally worth it. xo

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