Chocolate Chip & Cherry Brownies

I have been fairly good and don’t make near as many sweets and treats as I used to.  Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE sweets & treats, and that’s the problem.  I love them too much, and I eat them too much as well.  But every now and then, I just have to give in and make some.  This time, I was beckoned with the lure of chocolate chip and cherry brownies.  They are full of cherries so they are healthy, right?!  Well, that’s my story and I am sticking to it.  🙂

The herbs were a gift from Julia and her garden.  Julia arranged them so prettily I just had to put them in a vase too.  🙂 Yak & Yeti

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I love the combination of chocolate and cherries.  It’s one of the best matches out there.  So when I find delicious recipes that combine both of these great tastes together, I just have to make them.  The richness of the chocolate, especially dark chocolate, is a perfect match for the tartness of the cherries.  It’s like I am just called to it.  These brownies are ooey and gooey and just plain perfection, even if I do say so myself.

Chocolate Chip & Cherry Brownies

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1 1/2 cups cherries, pitted and chopped – dried cherries will work too

2/3 cup water

1 tsp almond extract

4 TBSP butter, melted

6 TBSP canola or vegetable oil

1/3 cup cocoa powder

2 eggs + 2 egg yolks

2 tsp vanilla

2 1/4 cups sugar

4 oz chocolate chips

1 tsp salt

1 3/4 cups flour

powdered sugar for dusting, optional

 

Chop the cherries and add them to the water and almond extract.  Cook in the microwave for about 1 minute, then let them set for a few minutes before using them, while you are combining the rest of the ingredients.

Preheat the oven to 350* F or 180* C

Spray a 9×13 baking dish with cooking spray then line with aluminum foil and spray the foil with cooking spray too.  This makes for an easy release with minimal clean-up afterwards.

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Combine all the dry ingredients and the chocolate chips and set aside.

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Whisk the eggs and sugar together, then add the melted butter, oil and vanilla and combine well.

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Add the egg mixture to the dry ingredients and mix thoroughly.  Then add the cherries and incorporate them into the batter.

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Pour the batter into the prepared baking dish and spread it out evenly.  Bake for about 30-40 minutes or until the the brownies are slightly puffed up and a toothpick comes out with just a few brownie crumbs.

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Allow the brownies to cool completely before cutting them into squares.  I always like to dust my brownies with powdered sugar too.  They just look more polished and finished this way, but this is purely optional.

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Enjoy!  It’s hard to stop at just one.

Stay safe and stay well Everyone.  ‘Til next time.

 

 

 

Author: ajeanneinthekitchen

I have worked in the restaurant and catering industry for 35 years. I attended 2 culinary schools in Southern California, and have a degree in culinary arts from the Southern California School of Culinary Arts, as well as a few other degrees in other areas. I love to cook and I love to feed people.

35 thoughts on “Chocolate Chip & Cherry Brownies”

  1. Great recipe! This one I’ll have to try. We just made brownies, but they were out of a box mix, lol. I’m making cupcakes for 4th of July, also a box mix! I have to get back to real baking if I’m going to be making all these sweets.

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