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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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