Chocolate Cherry Bars

Details

Time
9 hours 15 minutes
Skill Level
Intermediate
Yields
24 bars

Bursts of maraschino cherry shine through rich cream cheese topping for these perfect holiday brownies. Chocolate and cherry bars make a great addition to a dessert buffet, Santa's plate or gifts for neighbors. Just make sure you save some for yourself.

Ingredients & Directions

Prep Time
25 minutes
Bake Time
40 minutes
Cool Time
2 hours
Chill Time
6 hours

Ingredients

  • 1 cup

    butter or margarine (2 sticks)

  • 3/4 cup

    HERSHEY'S Cocoa or HERSHEY'S SPECIAL DARK Cocoa

  • 2 cups

    sugar

  • 4

    eggs

  • 1/3 cup

    almond, chopped

  • 1 can

    sweetened condensed milk (14 oz, not evaporated milk)

  • 1/2 tsp

    almond extract

  • 1 cup

    maraschino cherries, chopped, drained

  • 1-1/2 cup

    all-purpose flour plus 1/3 cup, divided

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Step-By-Step Directions

Equipment Needed 

oven & stovetop
oven & stovetop
13x9x2-inch baking pan
13x9x2-inch baking pan
saucepan
saucepan
measuring cups
measuring cups
mixing bowl
mixing bowl
wire rack
wire rack
refrigerator
refrigerator
1

Heat oven to 350°F. Generously grease 13x9x2-inch baking pan.

2

Melt butter in large saucepan over low heat; stir in cocoa until smooth. Remove from heat. Add sugar, 3 eggs, 1-1/2 cups flour and almonds; mix well. Pour into prepared pan. Bake 20 minutes.

3

Meanwhile, whisk together remaining 1 egg, remaining 1/3 cup flour, sweetened condensed milk and almond extract. Pour over baked layer; sprinkle chocolates and cherries over top. Return to oven.

TIP

Adjust almond extract for personal preference.
4

Bake 20 to 25 minutes or until set and edges are golden brown. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Refrigerate until cold, 6 hours or overnight. Cut into bars. Cover; refrigerate leftover bars.

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