2 TBS butter
1 c. whipping cream (or Half & Half)
1 tsp vanilla
12 oz. semi-sweet chocolate pieces
Place butter, cream & vanilla in small heavy saucepan & warm on medium heat until butter is melted. Stir in half the chocolate chips, stirring constantly until melted. Add remaining chocolate, continuing to stir until smooth & creamy. Add additional cream by tablespoon amount if necessary. (Careful, added cream may "pop" when it hits the hot sauce.)
Pour into serving bowl & allow to cool.
This is wonderful for dipping strawberries or drizzled over a brownie sundae. The sauce hardens if used over ice cream, but stays soft & smooth for dipping or topping.