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Chocolate Dipped Brownies

 Chocolate Dipped Brownies
My family calls these bars "the world's chocolatiest brownies" and is more than happy to gobble up a batch whenever I make them. They're a deliciously merry part of our Christmas cookie collection. -Jackie Archer, Clinton, Iowa
36 ServingsPrep: 30 min. + freezing Bake: 35 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter, cubed
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 4 cups (24 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips, divided
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons shortening
  • Chopped pecans, jimmies and/or nonpareils, optional

Directions

  • In a large saucepan, bring the sugar, butter and water to a boil over
  • medium heat. Remove from the heat; stir in 1 cup chocolate chips and
  • vanilla until smooth. Cool for 5 minutes. Beat in eggs. Combine the
  • flour, salt and baking soda; add to chocolate mixture. Stir in 1 cup
  • chocolate chips.
  • Pour into a greased 9-in. square baking pan. Bake at 325° for 35
  • minutes or until set. Cool completely on a wire rack.
  • Place in the freezer for 30-40 minutes or until firm (do not freeze
  • completely). Cut into bars.
  • In a microwave-safe bowl, melt remaining chips and shortening; stir
  • until smooth. Using a small fork, dip brownies to completely coat;

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Chocolate Dipped Brownies (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • allow excess to drip off. Place on waxed paper-lined baking sheets.
  • Sprinkle with pecans, jimmies and/or nonpareils if desired. Let
  • stand until set. Store in an airtight container. Yield: 3 dozen.