Ever since I was little, I have loved chocolate-covered cherries. My husband, on the other hand, hates them. So when I whipped up these brownies a week ago, I had to eat the whole pan by myself. It was a hard job, but someone had to do it!
If you love chocolates and cherries together, this is the brownie for you. The cherry-chocolate filling tastes just like Ben and Jerry’s Cherry Garcia ice cream (which is a personal fave of mine!) . . . I am pretty sure I could have just eaten the filling straight out of the bowl with a big spoon. It was so yummy.
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chunks, chopped into small pieces (chips would work too)
1 (6 ounce) jar of maraschino cherries
2 1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
3/4 cup butter
Prepare brownies and bake as directed on the box. Let cool.
In the bowl of a mixer, combine butter and 4-5 tablespoons of juice from the maraschino cherries. Beat until the butter is smooth. Slowly add powdered sugar and beat until combined.
Increase mixer speed to medium high and beat for about a minute and a half. Remove cherries from the jar and give them a rough chop (you can use as many as you liked- I used about 1/2 cup of chopped cherries, which was the whole jar). Roughly chop your chocolate chunks and fold it into the filling with the cherries. Spread over the top of cooled brownies.
Melt chocolate chips and butter together in the microwave for 30 seconds. Stir, and repeat for 30 more seconds. Continue to do this until chocolate is smooth and melted. Spread over cherry-chocolate layer. Let set up until hardened (stick in the fridge if you need them set up faster) and then cut and serve.