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 ¼ cups of flour
½ cup of butter
⅓ cup of brown sugar
2 large eggs
¾ cup of brown sugar
¾ cup of chopped up cherries, maraschino or glazed
1 cup of sweetened shredded coconut
¾ cup of chocolate chips
2 tbsp of flour
½ tsp baking powder
1 ½ cups of icing sugar
4 tbsp butter
1 ½ – 2 tbsp of cream
¼ 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.