Award-winning recipes: Strawberry Shortcake Brownies

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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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