Cupid's Super Chocolate Brownies with Dipped Strawberries

Prep Time: 1 Hour
Yields: 12 Servings

They’ll say “I Do” to just about anything after just one taste of these super-rich and sinful brownies topped with oh-so-luscious Louisiana strawberries.

Ingredients for Brownies:
12 ounces semisweet chocolate
12 tbsps unsalted butter
1½ cups sugar
1 cup flour
¼ cup cocoa, sifted
2 tsps baking powder
¼ tsp salt
4 large eggs, room temperature
2 tbsps instant Community® Coffee
1 tbsp pure vanilla extract
½ cup chopped pecans (optional)

Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray bottom and sides of 9" x 13" baking pan with nonstick cooking spray. Line pan with parchment paper and spray again. Break chocolate into small pieces and slice butter into tablespoons. In a double boiler, melt chocolate, butter and sugar over simmering water. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature. In a separate bowl, whisk flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt. In a separate mixing bowl, beat eggs, coffee and vanilla until foamy. Whisk egg mixture into cooled chocolate then fold in dry ingredients in small increments. Blend well then add pecans. Spread batter evenly in pan. Bake 22–25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center is barely moist. Remove from oven and cool completely in pan. Run a knife around edge of pan to loosen brownies. Place a rack on top of pan and flip over. Peel off paper. Invert again onto cutting surface. If desired, use a heart-shaped cookie cutter to create hearts. Store tightly covered.

Ingredients for Strawberries:
8 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
2 pints Louisiana strawberries

Place chocolate in bowl of a double boiler over 1-inch hot water. NOTE: Do not allow the bottom of bowl to touch water. Bring to a low simmer and as chocolate begins to melt, stir constantly until smooth. Grasp stem end of 12 strawberries and dip into chocolate allowing a small portion of stem end to remain uncoated. Remove and place berries on foil-lined plate. Refrigerate until chocolate sets. Top each brownie with 1 chocolate dipped strawberry.

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