HARRISBURG – Alexis Foor baked up the winning brownie at the annual Hershey’s® Cocoa Classic Cookie and Brownie contest at the 2008 Pennsylvania Farm Show in Harrisburg.
Foor, of Everett, Bedford County, received the top prize at the Bedford Fair, qualifying her to compete in the Farm Show. The 16-year-old was very excited to win the blue ribbon and $250 prize.
The panel of five judges included members of the Lebanon County Career and Technology Center and The Hershey Company. They evaluated the 74 entries on flavor, texture, inside characteristics, outside characteristics and frosting.
Second prize and $100 was awarded to Emily Swingle of the Harford Fair in Susquehanna County. Jillian Weston of Wayne County was the third place and $50 winner. Elle Young of Blair County was fourth and Emily Bomgardner of Lebanon County was fifth.
Below is the winning recipe:
1 (10 oz.) Jar Maraschino cherries
1 (12 oz.) Bag HERSHEY Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
½ cup butter or margarine
1 ¼ cup flour
1 cup sugar
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 eggs, beaten
4 (1.5 oz size) HERSHEY candy bars chopped into small chunks or 1 ½ cups mini-kisses
½ cup powdered sugar
3-5 teaspoons reserved maraschino cherry liquid
Heat oven to 350ºF. Drain cherries well, reserving liquid for glaze. Cut cherries in half; set aside. Grease bottom of 12x9 inch pan. Set aside. In 3-quart saucepan, melt chocolate chips and butter over low heat, stirring constantly; remove from heat. Stir in flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, vanilla, and eggs. Stir in cherries and chocolate chunks. Pour into pan, spreading batter evenly. Bake 30 to 35 or until center is set. Cool completely, about 1 hour. In small bowl, mix glaze ingredients until smooth. Place glaze in re-sealable food-storage plastic bag. Cut off tiny corner of bag. Squeeze glaze in desired pattern. Garnish with cherries on top of brownies. Cut into 6 rows by 4 rows.
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