This is a special recipe to me because it's the first thing that Matt and I cooked together. When we were first dating, Matt had to make a dessert for a work event. He got his favorite recipe from his Mom, we headed to the store to get all the ingredients and made these brownies together at his apartment. I didn't get to try them because he had to take them to work, but at the end of his day he told me that all of his co-workers loved them. Once I made them again and got to try them for myself I knew why everyone loved them!! They are so yummy and definitely one of our favorite desserts to make!!
Chocolate Cherry Brownies
1 (16 oz.) jar maraschino cherries
2/3 c. butter or margarine
1 (6oz.) pkg. semi-sweet chocolate chips,
1 c. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
2 eggs, beaten
1 ¼ c. flour
¾ c. oatmeal
1 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. vegetable shortening
Heat oven to 350°. Drain cherries; reserve 12 and chop reminder. In large saucepan, melt
butter and ½ cup chocolate chips over low heat; stir until melted. Remove from heat; cool
slightly. Add sugar, vanilla, and eggs. Stir in combined dry ingredients, and chopped cherries. Spread into greased 9 X 13-inch baking dish or pan. Bake about 25 minutes or until
brownies pull away from sides of pan. Cool completely.
Halve reserved cherries; place on top of brownies. In heavy saucepan over low heat, melt
remaining ½ cup chocolate chips and shortening; stir until mixture is melted and smooth.
Drizzle over brownies; cut into 2 ½ inch squares. Store in airtight container.
**I don't put the chocolate drizzle on mine because I think it makes it a little too chocolatey, but if you are a true chocolate lover then you won't want to skip out on the extra chocolate drizzle!!