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.

Ingredients Needed:

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Bottom Crust

1 1/4 cups of flour
1/2 cup of butter
1/3 cup of brown sugar

Middle Layer

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

Icing

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 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 
Chocolate cherry squares with coconut, so tasty.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Squares
Servings: 8
Calories: 619 kcal
Author: Karlynn Johnston
Ingredients
  • 1 1/4 cup flour Bottom Crust
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs Middle Layer
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup maraschino cherries
  • 1 cup shredded sweetened coconut
  • 3/4 cup chocolate chips
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 cups icing sugar Icing
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 1 1/2-2 tbsp cream
  • 1/4 tsp almond extract
Instructions
  1. Start chopping those cherries. 

  2. Mix your crust layers together, until they are a lovely crumbly mixture just waiting for a 9×9 pan. 

  3. Bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes until slightly browned. 

  4. Combine everything for the middle layer, then when the crust is done, pour it on top. 

  5. 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! 

  6. Whip up those icing ingredients until fluffy and adjust the almond extract to your taste.

  7. 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.

Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Cherry Squares
Amount Per Serving (8 g)
Calories 619 Calories from Fat 279
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 31g 48%
Saturated Fat 21g 105%
Cholesterol 93mg 31%
Sodium 193mg 8%
Potassium 170mg 5%
Total Carbohydrates 82g 27%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 62g
Protein 5g 10%
Vitamin A 13.4%
Vitamin C 0.2%
Calcium 7.7%
Iron 11.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

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Hey guys, I'm Karlynn! Welcome to The Kitchen Magpie, my website full of family friendly recipes, cocktails & homesteading tales of chickens & cows from the family farm! Make sure to check out my bestselling cookbook, Flapper Pie & a Blue Prairie Sky ,stay tuned for info on my second cookbook!

5 Comments

  1. 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.
    DELICIOUS!

  2. 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.

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