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YIELDS:

4-16 servings

PREP TIME:

0 hours 15 mins

COOK TIME:

0 hours 20-40 mins

TOTAL TIME:

1 hours 35-55 mins

ingredients

6 Oz. 60% Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate Baking Bar

½ Cup chopped toasted Walnuts

1/2 Cup dried tart cherries

1/2 Cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into 1/2″ pieces PLUS extra for greasing the pan or skillets if using

3 large eggs

3/4 C granulated white sugar

1/4 Tsp. salt

3/4 Cup all-purpose flour

Cooking spray

Vanilla Ice Cream (for serving, optional)

Powdered Sugar (for serving, optional)

DIRECTIONS

1. Preheat the oven to 325°F and butter an 8″ square baking pan (for 16 individual brownies) OR use individual cast irons skillets. (See notes) If using the one square pan, cut a piece of parchment paper to cover the bottom of the pan and up two sides with a little hanging over the sides. This will make it easier to remove the brownies at the end. If you are using the skillets, spray well with cooking spray and rub with butter if you want a little extra flavor.
2. Chop the chocolate into 1/2″ pieces.
3. In the top of a double boiler or in a heatproof bowl over barely simmering water, melt the bittersweet chocolate and butter, stirring occasionally until smooth. Alternatively, you can melt this in the microwave and heat at 30-second intervals stirring after each 30-second period until smooth. (About 1 ½ minutes) Remove from the heat or take out of the microwave.
4. In a bowl, beat the eggs, sugar, and salt with a hand mixer until blended. Stir in the melted chocolate mixture. Then, add the flour a bit at a time until well mixed.
5. Stir the walnut pieces and cherries into the batter. Pour the batter into the prepared pan.

6. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes if using the one pan (20-25 minutes if using the miniature skillets), until the brownie is set and the center is soft when gently pressed.

7. Cool completely in the pan on a rack for about one hour. Run a knife around the sides of the pan to loosen the brownie and to release it from the pan. Using the parchment paper “handles”, lift the brownie out of the pan. If using the skillets, just serve the brownie right in the skillet.

8. If using the one pan, cut the brownies into sixteen pieces (four cuts diagonally and four cuts horizontally).

9. If you like, top the brownies with sifted powdered sugar and serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. (The brownies can be served warm in the skillet, room temperature or cold…your choice.)

NOTE: Who doesn’t love a great brownie? I personally like “stuff” in my brownie…you know, nuts, fruit, chocolate chunks, etc. Some people just want the brownie. As always, use more or less of your favorite add ins. Chunks of dark chocolate or white chocolate would be good in lieu of the walnuts and any kind of dried fruit works. (Apricots, figs, dates, raisins)


Perfect little squares of fudgy goodness are a classic look. If you want to up your game a little (or dazzle your guests at a BBQ), cooking the brownies in individual cast iron skillets is fabulous. They cook faster, will get a firm bottom and look adorable! You can even make this outdoors on the grill (a summer favorite). Ice cream, whipped cream and fresh berries all make great toppings. Here’s another opportunity to use the confectioner’s sugar canister/shaker that I love for all my baking….powdered sugar everywhere! You can grab the dispenser duster container at amazon. For those cute little skillets here’s link to where you can pick those up: Mini Skillets


Enjoy!

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