Gooey strawberry chocolate chip brownies


When Chuy read about the strawberry cupcakes I made a couple of weeks  back, he exclaimed in disbelief, “YOU NEVER MAKE INTERESTING CUPCAKES FOR ME!!!” Let me start by saying: this is just not true – he got to enjoy the green tea cupcakes from St. Patrick’s Day. Nonetheless, since he truly felt this way, I had to make up for it on his birthday. The super quick pizza quesadillas I made for dinner were strategically planned to give me plenty of time to ensure I could serve him a proper dessert. Five o’clock rolled around, however, and I was still furiously working on my conference presentation with no groceries in the house. The likelihood of freshly baked cupcakes quickly diminished – planning, shopping, mixing, baking, cooling, and frosting, while still making a meal was way too many steps for 3 hours.

Brownies, on the other hand, are no-fuss; they don’t need fancy frosting and individual liners to give you all the sweet-tooth pay off of a decadently iced cupcake. Mix, pour, bake, cut, and VOILA! Regular ol’ chocolate chip cocoa brownies wouldn’t satisfy Chuy’s request for creativity, though. So, since strawberry cupcakes were what got his panties in a twist, I threw two cups of sliced strawberries into the batter and hoped for an edible and toothsome outcome.

The result was just that. We put an impressive dent in the platter of brownies over the course of the next 24 hours, but since I left for Philly a day later, I selfishly hoarded a couple of bars in the freezer for my return. As I write, I’m warming a bench in an underground station to catch the train to the airport for my flight home to these tasty brownies. FINALLY.

Only two days at home in the past two weeks has left me very homesick, but on the upside, I’ve been able to catch up with my long-lost Philly friends. Seeing old pals in between conference sessions requires that we share a meal, and since I was in my old ‘hood, I had to use every opportunity to visit all my most-missed eateries. My food binge in Vancouver was just the practice round for The City of Brotherly Love; it’s surprising that I’m still mobile with the amount of meals I’ve consumed. In an impressive feat, I managed two trips to Tria in just four jam-packed days. Salad is about to become the main staple in my diet for the next month while my body forgives me for being so gluttonous. Even amidst all this fantastic fare, I dreamed about these strawberry brownies when I finished my presentation on Tuesday evening (and I don’t even LIKE chocolate!). I treated myself to a local cupcake that paled in comparison (so subpar that I wasn’t even sad when the top of the $4 treat slid off and landed splat on the sidewalk).

These gooey strawberry chocolate chip cocoa brownies are a totally different story. As a self-proclaimed chocolate-hater, trust me when I tell you that this brownie recipe will impress any audience. Who can resist a union of chocolate and strawberries? Name one person. I dare you. You can’t. Adding strawberries to the batter turned out to be a brilliant move that made already swoon-worthy bars even gooier and melt-in-your-mouth delicious. This recipe has the perfect balance of cake-y and fudge-y that produces a texture even better than—dare I say—your favorite boxed brownie mix (I admit, Ghirardelli knows how it’s done). As is, these brownies are fantastic, but because I like over-the-top desserts, I served them with extra sliced strawberries and homemade whipped cream. Sinful.

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  1. Sheri says:

    These look devine!!

  2. Anju says:

    These taste amazing, it just melts in ur mouth. Thanx for sharing.

  3. Danie says:

    I would like to try these tomorrow but in individual brownie pans – curious just how “gooey” these are and if baking in individual pans will be a disaster? They look awesome.

    • Hi Danie! I think they’ll work just find in individual brownie pans, but just to be safe, I’d try reducing the moisture by cutting the sugar to 1 cup. This will make them a little less moist so they’ll pop out a little easier. Let me know how it turns out!

  4. Iris Navarro says:

    How long is the shelf life of these cookies? And am I supposed to store them in the fridge or the counter?

    • I kept mine out in an airtight container on the counter for up to 24 hours and put the leftovers in the freezer to store for later. I didn’t leave them out for longer than 24 hours just because I was going out of town. Others have also said similar fruit-filled brownies will keep for a few days longer in the fridge. Hope this helps!

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