Fired-up baci brownies [Recipe]


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Whether in a relationship or single, chocolate makes any Valentine’s Day sweeter. Save a little room for splurging with sumptuous dark chocolate fired-up baci brownies. For more Valentine’s Day recipes, visit MealsOnHeelsByMindy.com.

Prepared in 35 minutes or less



  • 1 stick unsalted butter, softened
  • 6 ounces Vosges Red Fire Dark Chocolate Bar, melted
  • ¼ cup Hershey's chocolate syrup
  • ½ cup unbleached baking flour, unsifted
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs, well-beaten
  • 1 cup chopped or ground hazelnuts or almonds (optional)



  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Butter and dust with flour an 8-inch square baking dish. Set aside. In a mixing bowl, sift together the sugar, flour, salt and set aside. In a small saucepan, melt chocolate pieces on low heat. Stir constantly. Add syrup and stir well. Remove from heat and stir in butter. Add vanilla and eggs; mix thoroughly.
  3. Add this to the chocolate mixture then stir in chopped hazelnuts. Mix well with a spatula. Add chocolate mixture to dry ingredients and incorporate well with a spatula. Pour the batter into the prepared baking dish. Cook for 25 to 30 minutes.
  4. Remove from oven and allow brownies to cool completely. Cut into inch squares. Brownies can be stored for a week in an airtight container. 


For couture alternatives, substitute different kinds of chocolate and exclude all nuts in case guests have allergies. Some favorites are Scharffen Berger, Green & Black's Organic Maya Gold, Williams-Sonoma Peppermint Bark and Chuao Chinita Nibs Dark Chocolate bar.