Brownies are a simple and sure fire dessert to serve on Valentine's Day, whether you're baking them for your Valentine or to bring to the office holiday party. There are two great things about brownies. First, the store bought mixes are often pretty decent. The Ghirardelli Double Chocolate Brownie Mix in particular always seems to be a hit with tasters. Secondly, it is easy to make small additions to them without worrying about changing the recipe. For example, you can stir in walnuts or chocolate chips. For an extra twist of flavor, I used raspberry-flavored chocolate chips in these brownies. The raspberry flavor might be a bit strong in a cookie, but it actually blends in quite well with the chocolate of the brownies. If I had dried raspberries, I would have stirred in a handful of them as well. I used the cakelike variation of the Hershey's Quick and Easy Brownies to make these. While the chips are not entirely evident, certainly not as much as I would have liked, in the photo above, the brownies were chocolaty, slightly chewy and delicious with the hint of raspberry.
[Photo by Nicole Weston]