Saturday, February 03, 2007

Chocolate Cherry Bars

I made these for my book club the other night and everyone asked for the recipe. So I thought I'd share them here too.

Chocolate Cherry Bars

1 cup butter
3/4 cup Hershey's Cocoa
2 cups sugar
4 eggs
1 1/2 cups plus 1/3 cup flour, divided
1/3 cup chopped almonds
1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
1/2 tsp almond extract
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup chopped maraschino cherries, drained

1. Heat oven to 350 F. Generously grease 13x9x2-inch baking pan.
2. Melt butter in large saucepan over low heat; stir in cocoa until smooth. Remove from heat. Add sugar, 3 eggs, 1 1/2 cups flour and almonds; mix well. Pour into prepared pan. Bake 20 minutes.
3. Meanwhile, whisk together remaining 1 egg, remaining 1/3 cup flour; sweetened condensed milk and almond extract. Pour over baked layer; sprinkle chocolate chips and cherries over top. Return to oven.
4. Bake additional 20 to 25 minutes or until set and edges are golden brown. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Refrigerate until cold, 6 hours or overnight. Cut into bars. Cover; refrigerate leftover bars.

Makes about 48 bars.