Chocolate-Covered Cherry Squares

Prep Time:
25 mins
Stand Time:
30 mins
Bake Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
25 mins
36 squares


  • ¾ cup snipped dried sweet cherries

  • ¼ cup amaretto or cranberry juice

  • 4 ounce unsweetened chocolate, chopped

  • ½ cup butter

  • 1 ½ cup granulated sugar

  • 3 eggs

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder

  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda

  • cup miniature semisweet chocolate pieces

  • ½ cup butter, softened

  • 2 tablespoon maraschino cherry juice

  • 2 cup powdered sugar

  • 1 recipe Chocolate Ganache

  • 36 maraschino cherries with stems, well-drained and patted dry (about 1 1/2 cups) (optional)

Chocolate Ganache

  • ½ cup whipping cream

  • 4 ounce bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, chopped


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 9x9x2-inch baking pan with foil, extending foil over the edges of the pan. Grease foil; set pan aside. In a small bowl combine dried cherries and amaretto. Let stand for 30 minutes. Drain cherries and discard liquid. Set aside.

  2. In a medium saucepan heat and stir unsweetened chocolate and 1/2 cup butter over low heat until melted and smooth. Stir granulated sugar into the melted chocolate mixture. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating with a wooden spoon just until combined. Stir in vanilla. In a small bowl stir together flour, cocoa powder, and baking soda. Add flour mixture to chocolate mixture; stir just until combined. Stir in the miniature chocolate pieces and the soaked dried cherries. Spread the batter evenly in the prepared pan.

  3. Bake for 25 to 28 minutes or until edges are set. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack.

  4. In a medium mixing bowl beat 1/2 cup butter with an electric mixer on medium speed until fluffy. Beat in cherry juice until combined. Beat in powdered sugar until smooth. Spread evenly on cooled brownies.

  5. Carefully spread Chocolate Ganache evenly over powdered sugar layer. If desired, arrange cherries on the ganache in six rows of six. Chill until set. Use foil to lift uncut brownies out of pan. Place on cutting board. Cut into 1 1/2-inch squares.

Chocolate Ganache

  1. In a small saucepan bring whipping cream just to boiling over medium-high heat. Remove from heat. Add chocolate (do not stir). Let stand for 5 minutes. Stir until smooth. Let stand at room temperature, stirring occasionally, about 4 to 5 minutes or until slightly thickened.

To Store:

Place brownies in a single layer in an airtight container; cover. Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

196 Calories
10g Fat
26g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 36
Calories 196
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g 13%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 34mg 11%
Sodium 63mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 26g 9%
Total Sugars 20g
Protein 2g
Calcium 10.1mg 1%
Iron 1.4mg 8%
Potassium 58mg 1%
Folate, total 8.1mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.1mcg
Vitamin B-6 0mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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