What could be better than chocolate and cherry together? Not a whole heck of a lot, in my books at least. These are a front runner for my favorite square, I think the lemon ones just come out ahead. Barely.
They were also a fun baking activity for my daughter and I, give her a butterknife, cutting board and cherries and she chopped till she couldn’t chop anymore.
1 1/4 cups of flour
1/2 cup of butter
1/3 cup of brown sugar
2 large eggs
3/4 cup of brown sugar
3/4 cup of chopped up cherries, maraschino or glazed
1 cup of sweetened shredded coconut
3/4 cup of chocolate chips
2 tbsp of flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 cups of icing sugar
4 tbsp butter
1 1/2 – 2 tbsp of cream
1/4 tsp of almond extract
Get your slave labor started chopping those cherries.
Mix your crust layers together, until they are a lovely crumbly mixture just waiting for a 9×9 pan.
Bake at 350 for 12-15 minutes until slightly browned.
Combine everything for the middle layer, then when the crust is done, pour it on top. So easy.
Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes until it’s set in the middle and oh-so beautifully browned on top like below.
Cool it completely and then you can start the best part; the icing!
Whip up those icing ingredients until fluffy and adjust the almond extract to your taste. I find the extract in the icing took these square from great to absolutely mouth-watering. The hint of cherry topped them off completely.
Spread on the cooled squares and let it set. I always throw it in the fridge for a while before I cut the squares, it makes cutting them much neater.
Be prepared to love these! Mike has declared these the best I have ever made, but really, he says that about everything sweet.
He really means it this time, I think. He wouldn’t take them into work, so usually when he hoards something jealously like that, it’s a favorite.
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Chocolate Cherry Squares
- Prep Time
- 10 minutes
- Cook Time
- 20 minutes
- Total Time
- 30 minutes
- Karlynn Johnston
- 1 1/4 cup flour
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 3/4 cup maraschino cherries
- 1 cup shredded sweetened coconut
- 3/4 cup chocolate chips
- 2 tablespoons flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 1/2 cups icing sugar
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 1 1/2-2 tablespoons cream
- 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
- Start chopping those cherries.
- Mix your crust layers together, until they are a lovely crumbly mixture just waiting for a 9x9 pan.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes until slightly browned.
- Combine everything for the middle layer, then when the crust is done, pour it on top.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes until it's set in the middle and oh-so beautifully browned on top like below. Cool it completely and then you can start the best part; the icing!
- Whip up those icing ingredients until fluffy and adjust the almond extract to your taste.
- Spread on the cooled squares and let it set. I always throw it in the fridge for a while before I cut the squares, it makes cutting them much neater.
All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.
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SOOOOOooo excited to try these, minus the chocolate ?. Years ago Sobey’s made a square that looks to be very similar. I’ve been craving them for decades!
WOW!! Amazing. Took my frown and turned it upside down! Thanks so much for bringing them in. You do know though, that we will be requesting them a lot now.
This looks so good, as do all of your other baking recipes! Now, when are you blogging about the secret to staying at a healthy weight while you cook all of these delicious things? 🙂
a) take them into work so the girls there hate you but love you at the same time
b) send them into Mike’s work to the men there who don’t care about the calories they eat. And who eat anything.
3) take them to the teachers at school who appreciate the sugar rush since they are so stressed out
It works! I’ve actually dropped weight since spring even with taste testing. Make it, enjoy it, send the rest to someone who appreciates it.
Chocolate Shavings says
Chocolate and cherry is definitely a great combo – and they sound delicious in these bars!