Cherry Brownie Bars | These wonderfully dense chocolate brownies pack a cherry punch! Nothing compares to a homemade brownie and these certainly deliver. Not only do they have a decadent chocolate flavor (read below for my secret ingredient) and tons of cherries, these magnificent treats are also topped with a creamy butter frosting that is full of cherries. So next time you are in need of a chocolate fix or you want to take the best chocolate dessert to a potluck. These brownies are the ticket to success!
The secret ingredient for getting the best chocolate flavor is…….ESPRESSO POWDER. That’s right, there’s just something about adding a little bit of espresso to a chocolate dessert that really brings out the chocolate. You may wonder….if I add coffee will I taste it? The answer is no. I’m not a coffee drinker and I don’t taste any coffee at all. I’m not sure exactly why espresso has this effect on chocolate. Maybe it’s because coffee and chocolate share many of the same flavor characteristics.
Onto the chocolate covered cherries. It’s funny to me when people choose to debate on whether a maraschino cherry is a “real” cherry. YES, maraschino cherries are real cherries. The maraschino cherry comes from a light sweet cherry, usually a Royal Ann, Rainer or Emperor Francis. They can be made from any sweet cherry. So there you have it…..mystery solved maraschino cherries are real! Add a little something extra special to your brownies. Dip cherries in dark or milk chocolate and top each brownie. It’s a super easy way to help your dessert stand out among all the rest!