Thursday, September 18, 2008

Black Forest Brownie bars

4 oz unsweetened chocolate
1/2 cup butter
3/4 cup flour
1/4 tsp salt
2 large eggs
l cup packed light brown sugar
2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips

Cherry Cream Cheese Filling:
1/2 cup butter
4 oz cream cheese softened
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups powdered sugar
1 cup dried cherries, finely chopped

Chocolate Drizzle
2 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 tbsp whipping cream

Bars: Preheat oven to 325. Melt chocolate and butter in a small saucepan or in the microwave, stirring until smooth, Cool.

Combine flour and salt in a bowl. Set aside.

In mixing bowl, beat eggs until fluffy, about 1 minute. Gradually beat in brown sugar. Add cooled chocolate mixture and vanilla. Stir in flour mixture until blended. Stir in walnuts and chocolate chips.

Spread batter in a buttered 13x 9-inch baking pan. Bake for 20 to 22 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan on wire rack.

Cherry Cream Cheese Filling: Cream butter and cream cheese in a bowl until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in vanilla and powdered sugar. Stir in cherries. Spread mixture evenly over brownie layer. Refrigerate until set.

Chocolate Drizzle: Melt the chocolate chips and cream over low heat or in the microwave. Cool slightly. Dip a fork into the mixture and drizzle over the cherry layer. Chill until firm. Cut in 2x2-inch squares. Refrigerate until serving time.

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