Thursday, May 12, 2005

Chocolate Chip-Cherry Bars

Chocolate Chip-Cherry Bars

For the bars

10 ounce jar maraschino cherries
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
16 tablespoons butter, softened
1 cup confectioners' sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
12 ounces chopped bittersweet chocolate, divided

For the drizzle

1 cup confectioners' sugar
2 tablespoons butter, softened
2 to 3 tablespoons reserved cherry juice

To make the bars

Preheat oven to 325

Drain cherries and reserve juice for the drizzle. Finely chop the cherries, then pat dry with a paper towel to remove excess moisture.

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda and salt.

In a large mixing bowl, beat together butter and confectioners' sugar until well combined. Add eggs, one at a time, beating until combined. Mix in vanilla. Add dry ingredients and mix just until combined. Stir in 6 ounces chopped chocolate and chopped cherries. Scoop the mixture into a 9" x 13" baking pan coated with nonstick spray - use an off-set spatula to evenly spread the mixture over the bottom.

Bake until the top is golden and a toothpick placed in the center comes out clean, about 25 to 35 minutes. Remove and immediately sprinkle with remaining 6 ounces of chopped chocolate - let stand 5 minutes, then spread chocolate evenly over the top. Set aside and allow to cool.

For the drizzle

In a small bowl, stir together confectioners' sugar, butter and enough cherry juice to make the mixture smooth and thin enough to drizzle. Drizzle the mixture over the chocolate.

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  1. Joe, these look fantastic! Is this an "original Joe recipe"? I can't wait to make them!

  2. Elisabeth - Thanks! I can't say for sure where it originated from.

  3. These look wonderful! My husband is on an "everything chocolate cherry" kick right now so I'll have to attempt them soon for sure! Glad I discovered your blog!

  4. Lt. Mascara - Chocolate and cherry are an excellent pair!

  5. Hi Joe,

    I just wanted to leave a comment saying that I made this for my mother's birthday, and everybody loved it. Thank you for a great recipe. I am a long time lurker, and I love your site. Thank you for all of the great recipes that you post. Christy

  6. Christy - Fantastic! Thanks for the feedback.