When it comes to school bake sales and last-minute birthday parties that call for a few dozen treats, we’ll give you a pass on using boxed brownie mix (Duncan, Betty, and the Dough Boy have saved our hides more than once). But on those special occasions that call for something a little more thoughtful and indulgent, our recipe for Strawberry Brownies is the only way to go. While they’ll require some patience (including an hour of cooling time and another two hours of fridge time), these fudgy squares are worth the wait. The just-dense-enough brownies are tempting on their own, but it’s the strawberry-studded, chocolate ganache layer that sends them over the edge.

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Caitlin Bensel, Food Styling: Margaret Dickey, Prop Styling: Kay E Clarke

Recipe Summary

active:
30 mins
total:
4 hrs 20 mins
Yield:
Serves 12 (serving size: 1 square)
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 9-inch square baking pan with parchment paper, leaving a 2-inch overhang on all sides. Stir together flour, cocoa, salt, and baking powder in a small bowl; set aside.

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  • Place eggs, granulated sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla in a large bowl. Beat with an electric mixer on high speed until pale and thick, about 1 minute.

  • Microwave butter in a small microwavable bowl on HIGH until melted, about 30 seconds. Add 1 cup of the chocolate chips to melted butter; stir until chocolate is melted. Add to egg mixture; stir until combined. Add flour mixture; stir until combined. Spoon mixture into prepared baking pan; spread into an even layer (mixture will be thick). Bake in preheated oven until a wooden pick inserted in center of brownies comes out with a few moist crumbs and tops are set, about 25 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack 1 hour.

  • Heat cream in a small saucepan over medium, undisturbed, until bubbles appear around edges of pan. Remove from heat. Add remaining 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips; whisk until chocolate is melted. Arrange strawberries, cut sides down, on top of cooled brownies in pan. Pour cream-chocolate mixture over strawberries. Place brownies in freezer; let chill until cream-chocolate layer is firm, 2 to 3 hours.

  • Using parchment overhang as handles, lift and remove brownies from pan. Carefully run hot water over a knife; wipe knife dry. While knife is still hot, cut brownies evenly into 12 squares. (Reheat knife with hot water as needed.) Let brownies come to room temperature, about 30 minutes. Serve.