Award-winning recipes: Strawberry Shortcake Brownies

Cakes on display at the Pa. Farm Show

Michael Zaffuto, the Sykesville Ag and Youth Fair finalist, won the Hershey?s Cocoa Classic Cookie, Brownie or Bar Contest Jan. 7 at the 2012 Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg. Zaffuto?s Strawberry Shortcake Brownies recipe topped 79 entries and won him a $250 prize.

Bottom Layer

1 cup butter, softened

2 cups sugar

4 eggs

2/3 cup Hershey?s Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips

1 cup all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon salt

Top Layer

1 cup butter, softened

2 cups sugar

4 eggs

1 cup all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon salt

Cream Cheese Frosting

8 oz. Philadelphia Cream Cheese

2 cups powdered sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

Bottom Layer

Using a mixer, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Melt Hershey?s Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips in microwave or double boiler. Add to previous mixture. Combine the flour and salt; add to creamed mixture until blended. Spread into a greased 9 by 13 inch baking pan. Bake at 350° for 25 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. (Do not over bake). Cool in pan or on a wire rack.

Top Layer

Using a mixer, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Combine the flour and salt; add to creamed mixture until blended. Spread into a greased 9 by 13 inch baking pan. Bake at 350° for 25 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. (Do not over bake). Cool in pan or on a wire rack. Using two different size round cutters, cut pieces of both brownies.

Cream Cheese Frosting

In mixer, cream the cream cheese, add the powdered sugar and vanilla. Using 1 cup Hershey?s Milk Chocolate Chips; melt in double boiler or microwave. Dip fresh strawberries and set on wax paper to harden.

To assemble brownies

Spread a layer of frosting on the bottom layer, add a layer of thinly sliced strawberries top with top layer. Drizzle some of the melted chocolate on top of this layer, garnish with a chocolate covered strawberry.

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