Being Neighborly

We have some new neighbors that just moved in a couple of doors down from us, so I thought that would be a perfect opportunity to bake some ooey -gooey drunken cherry and almond brownies. As you know, I am really trying to be good and not make sweets, or even have them in the house, unless I have a special reason to do so. New neighbors is an excellent reason to make something sweet and “naughty”.

Sometimes, things that come in a mix are the best. Brownies are one such thing. Everything is already pre-measured, and they almost always come out perfect. I started off with the Ghirardelli Triple Chocolate brownies, then added the cherries and almonds. When I was in culinary school, my pastry chef was the creator of the Pillsbury cakes, and he was a Master Pastry chef, so I know, the quality that goes into these top brand mixes. Ghirardelli is one you can’t go wrong with. It is definitely one of the best.

I cut the cherries in half and removed the pits, then I chopped them and soaked them in some almond tequila for a few minutes. I replaced some of the water that was called for with the almond tequila.

Other than adding the “drunken” cherries and almonds, believe it or not, I actually followed the recipe. This does not happen very often in my kitchen. It is a pretty rare event. 🙂

Once I evenly spread the brownie mixture into the baking pan, I sprinkled almond slivers on top and baked it at 325* F for about 1 hour. Then I let them cool completely before cutting.

They are still very ooey and gooey though. But they taste oh so good.

Each bite of brownie is a little bit of decadent bliss. 🙂 A little bit goes a long way. These are very rich and very decadent.

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


Author: ajeanneinthekitchen

I have worked in the restaurant and catering industry for over 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.

13 thoughts on “Being Neighborly”

    1. Thank you. happy anniversary. I meant to take you some too when I dropped off your anniversary present, but I hadn’t cut them yet. I still can, although they are REALLY ooey and gooey and they all fell apart when I took them out of the pan.


    1. Thank you. Yes, almond tequila is a thing. We discovered it quite a few years ago on one of many trips to Cozumel. We try to get some very time we go down there. This brand is not our favorite brand, but it will do. 🙂

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