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Cherry Miscellaneous Bar {Blondie Brownie}

If I had my way, I’d call this the Cherry-Chocolate-Chip- Cream-Cheese-Cookie-Dough-Blondie-Brownie-Bar. That’s pretty much a summary of what’s in the Cherry Miscellaneous Bar. All that, and a ball of crumbs. Well I guess I can’t say cookie dough AND blondie, because those are the same thing, just one is cooked and the other is raw dough.

Cherry Miscellaneous Bar {Blondie Brownie}

But before we do that, it’s the 10th blog hop today! Though this month is dedicated to Decorating with Pictures and double daily giveaways, I’ve got the 10th reserved each month for this fun blog hop around a theme, so I’m squeezing it in! 

This month’s theme is RED. There are so many fun projects to choose from- recipes, decor, and so much more! I’d love for you to pin the collage below, and then go see all the other fabulous projects created by some of my friends.

red projects

 

1. ‘Or so she says…‘ sharing Chocolate Cherry Cream Pie
2. Lolly Jane sharing Rustic Love Wood Barn Sign
3. Your Homebased Mom sharing Red Raspberry Pavlova
4. Eighteen 25 sharing Framed Burlap Heart
5. Landeelu sharing Valentine’s Day Surprise Envelopes
6. Little Miss Momma sharing DIY Glitter Mason Jars
7. Capturing Joy sharing Cherry Cookie Dough Blondie Bar
8. Thirty Handmade Days sharing Close to My Heart Gift Idea
9. Simply Kierste sharing Newspaper Heart Blocks
10. Six Sisters’ Stuff sharing Red Velvet Cream Cheese Cookies

Oh my goodness, each month, I get so giddy when I see the collage put together of all of the great projects! I hope you take a chance to go check them out!

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Back to my red treat.

This bar has so many layers, I didn’t know what to call it. You see, I made it up. I invented it. I’m sure that no one else in this world thought of such a concoction. Food bloggers are probably wondering why they didn’t think of this. Well, maybe someone did already and I just don’t know about it.  I decided on miscellaneous to describe the insides, because the literal definition is “items of various types from different sources.” Sounds about right.  But you can call it what you want. I also like Cherry Blondie Brownie.

Cherry Blondie Brownie Bar

I was so excited about the layers I had dreamed up for this bar. Excited to mix a blondie and a brownie together, Excited to throw in the cream cheese mixture that I love so much from my cream cheese cupcakes. I mentioned my idea to my food savvy friend, Juliet, (she was on the Master Chef) and she was like, “why don’t you simply it and just do the blondie.” But oh no, I had a vision. A multi-layered vision.

It was everything that I dreamed.

Here is a visual step by step of the process:

Cherry Blondie Brownie

Being that it has layers, the prep time is a bit longer than more treats, but I promise, its worth it! Layers go like this: Brownie batter. Blondie batter dropped on top (cookie dough), cream cheese mixture drizzled, the chopped cherries. YUM!  I got the cream cheese mixture from my favorite Cream Cheese Cupcakes.

If you’d like you can use any brownie recipe (even from the box) and any basic cookie dough recipe, but here is the recipe I used:

Cherry Miscellaneous Bar {Blondie Brownie}
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Serves: 12
 
Ingredients
  • Brownie Base Layer:
  • ¾ cup cocoa powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ⅔ cup butter, melted & divided (1/3 cup + ⅓ cup)
  • ½ cup boiling water
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1⅓ cup flour
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • Blondie Layer:
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted room temp. butter
  • ¾ cup packed light brown sugar
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • Cream Cheese Drizzle:
  • 8 oz. cream cheese
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ⅛ tsp salt
  • 1 cup (or more) cherries, chopped
Instructions
  1. Brownie Base Layer:
  2. Preheat the oven to 350ºF.
  3. Measure tin foil in 9x13 pan, grease, and set aside.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, stir together the cocoa and baking soda.
  5. Stir in ⅓ cup of the melted butter until smooth.
  6. Stir in the boiling water until the mixture is smooth and thick.
  7. Stir in the sugar and eggs with the remaining ⅓ cup melted butter.
  8. Stir in the vanilla and salt until just smooth.
  9. Dump in the flour and chocolate chips at the same time, and stir until just combined.
  10. Spread the batter into baking dish.
  11. Blondie Layer:
  12. Cream your butter and sugars.
  13. Add egg and vanilla beating to combine.
  14. Add flour, cornstarch, baking soda, salt then chocolate chips, mixing until combined.
  15. Drop clumps of dough on top of the brownie mixture.
  16. Drizzle Cream cheese layer over the top.
  17. Strategically placed chopped cherries all over the top
  18. Bake at 350 for 25 minutes or more, checking so it doesn't overcook.
  19. ENJOY!

Give it a try, and you’ll be in heaven like I was. I actually let them sit out for an hour to cool, then put them in the fridge to chill. I love my treats cold, and the texture and delight from all of the mixtures was that much more evident when cold.  It also allows for a more smooth cut when they have chilled properly.

cherry brownie

If you like the idea of these treats, you might also enjoy:

Cream Cheese Cupcakes

cream-cheese-chocolate-chip-cupcakes

Rocky Road Fudge Bars

Rocky-Road-Fudge-Bar

Peppermint Brownie Bites

Can you believe it is the 10th of December! Yikes, how did that happen?? Well, I’ve got my 9 buddies back with another amazing Blog Hop. Peppermint is definitely the flavor of the season and it is also our theme for the month. We’ve got lots of peppermint flavored treats to share with you as well as some darling peppermint inspired crafts! Be sure and visit all the blogs to check out the details on their peppermint project. But first, I made Peppermint Brownie Bites! Though they are delicious no matter how you slice it, I struggled with the chocolate! See below for the tips I got from Facebook friends.

Peppermint Brownie Bites

Such a great collection below, we’d love for you to pin the collage, and then go see all of the other fabulous projects created by some of my blogger friends too. Wishing you all a wonderful holiday season!!… Continue Reading

Fudgy Vanilla Brownie

At first glance, this fudgy vanilla brownie doesn’t look so appetizing in the large pan it’s baked in. It’s actually called a white texas sheet cake, but I decided “cake” just doesn’t do this treat justice. Maybe it’s because I’m more of a brownie girl, but it tastes more like a brownie to me–a fudgy brownie.   There are 3 reasons I would normally pass on this dessert at first site:

  1. I’m not a big fan of cake in general
  2. I don’t care for plain vanilla stuff
  3. There are no nuts or chips or chunks in this–boring!

So. Not. Boring.

Fudgy Vanilla Brownie, also known as White Texas Sheet Cake, this recipe is AMAZING! #brownie #texassheetcake KristenDuke.com… Continue Reading

3 ways to use Wilton Mint Drops

Have you heard of mint non pareils or Wilton mint drops? They have turned into one of my favorite little snacking treats! You may have seen them in a candy dish at weddings. In fact, I’ve had a hard time finding them, but have found success in the wedding aisle at Michael’s craft store. I first became enamored with this sweet delicacy a year ago at a conference. There was a candy dish filled with the giant Non Pareil Assorted Mint Chocolate, (the base is the size of a nickel).

I had a little baggie filled with them , and I snacked on them throughout the day. They are white chocolate and minty, with a bit of texture from the sprinkles. I’ve since found the mini size, Wilton’s Mint drops

I decided I wanted to try them in a few of my favorite recipes, and I’m here to say:  they turned out quite delightfully!

3 ways to use Wilton mint drops besides just snacking on them. #cookies www.KristenDuke.com

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