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White Chocolate Cherry Brownies

Thick, gooey, buttery brownies loaded with chopped maraschino cherries and white chocolate chips.

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The calendar claims Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. Raise your hands if you celebrate.

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Pardon me while I get a bit cynical, but I don’t participate in Valentine’s Day. Do I like jewelry? You bet your tuckus I do, but I like my jewelry to come year round. One day just isn’t enough.

My feelings: Valentine’s Day is for florists, producers of pink and red, chocolate (which I love), jewelers, and fancy restaurants that require reservations 10 years in advance.

Call me unromantic. Call me a hater. Call me non-festive. But, Valentine’s Day is for the birds.

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Nevertheless, I’m not opposed to baking for the occasion since it’s what I do anyway.

Chocolate and Valentine’s Day are a package deal. kind of like sprinkles and donuts. Could you have one without the other? Sure, but why would you want to?

Here’s my theory behind Valentine’s Day. I think it’s a fairly reasonable story, believable.

Okay… The chocolate companies Face Timed one another… Hold up, Face Time didn’t exist — scratch that. The chocolate companies gathered their oxen and met up on the Oregon Trail. They then created some sap story about a saint by the name of Valentine that was imprisoned for holding marriage ceremonies.

How it relates to chocolate, who knows, but we ate it up and, boom, Valentine’s Day was born.

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Whether you celebrate Valentine’s Day or not, you need this brownie in your life. Also, ladies, as you eat this brownie, you’ll forget men and Valentine’s Day altogether; it’s like they won’t even exist. You’ll no longer need a man because all you’ll want is another brownie. Honestly, romance is overrated.

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The center of this brownie is oozing chocolate studded with sweet cherry flavor. Not only did I add chopped maraschino cherries, but I went ahead and added a little cherry juice as well. If some is good, more has to be better, right? Because layers of chocolate are obviously better, I added a generous amount of white chocolate chips.

The key to perfect brownie squares is accomplished by allowing your brownies to cool completely before cutting them with a serrated knife. Yes, I know waiting isn’t the obvious choice, but sometimes we have to do things we don’t want to do.

Perfect brownie squares=cooling brownies completely. Warm brownies=a blob of chocolate mess. So, cool your brownies.

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Since the people demand festive themes, I topped them with mini heart sprinkles. You’re welcome.

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White Chocolate Cherry Brownies

Thick, gooey, buttery brownies loaded with chopped maraschino cherries and white chocolate chips.

Yield: 1 (9-by-9-inch) pan

Prep Time: 10 minuts

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Ingredients:

⅔ cup dark chocolate chips

1 cup granulated sugar

2 eggs

10 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

1 tsp. vanilla extract

2 tablespoons maraschino cherry juice

⅔ cup + 2tbs. white whole wheat flour

½ tsp. kosher salt

1/2 cup maraschino cherries, chopped

1/2 cup white chocolate chips

Sprinkles, optional

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9-by-9-inch square pan with parchment that overlaps each side of the pan. Spray the pan with non-stick baking spray.

Melt the chocolate over a double boiler until smooth. Take off the heat and allow the chocolate to cool slightly.

In a large bowl, whisk together the sugar and the eggs until slightly pale in color, about 1 minute. Whisk in the melted butter, vanilla extract, and maraschino cherry juice until combined. Whisk in the chocolate.

Using a rubber spatula, stir in the chopped maraschino cherries.

Fold in the flour and salt until just combined.

Gently fold in the white chocolate chips.

Pour the batter into your prepared brownie pan. Sprinkle with festive sprinkles

Bake for 35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out mostly clean (a few crumbs are okay).

Allow the brownies to cool in the pan for 30 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely. When the brownies are completely cool, cut into squares with a serrated knife.

***It's important that you allow the brownies to cool completely before cutting. If you try to cut the brownies while they're still warm, they will crumble.

Today I have partnered with the lovely #HolidayFoodParty group to bring you some epic Valentine’s Day recipes.

Valentine's Day Recipe #HolidayFoodParty

1. Chocolate Dipped Sttrawberry Hi Hat Cupcakes (Gluten Free) from Pineapple and Coconut
2. Frosted Cream Cheese Cutout Cookies from Magnolia Days
3. White Chocolate Mousse with Frangelico from That Skinny Chick Can Bake
4. Chocolate Caramel Pretzel ‘n Chip Tart from Gotta Get Baked
5. White Chocolate Cherry Brownies from The Messy Baker
6. Chocolate Champagne Cupcakes from The Girl in the Little Red Kitchen
7. Sugar-Free Blueberry Yogurt Truffles from What Smells So Good
8. Strawberry Cheesecake Heart Pie from Hungry Couple NYC
9 Red Velvet Heart Sandwich Cookies from Jen’s Favorite Cookies
10. Chocolate Cannoli Cones from Created By Diane
11. Cherry Cheesecake Stuffed Cupcakes from Chocolate Moosey
12. Nutella Brownie Cheesecake No-Churn Ice Cream from Cupcakes and Kale Chips
13. Valentines Smores Hearts from Kelly Bakes
14. Chocolate Hazelnut Cookies from Roxana’s Home Baking

   

40 Responses to “White Chocolate Cherry Brownies”

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    Liz — February 6, 2014 at 8:35 am

    Oh, my! I’m swooning over these magnificent brownies!! Forget all that romantic stuff, just pass me a plate of these chocolate wonders!!!

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    • Jennie replied February 6th, 2014 at 1:41 pm

      Thanks, Liz! Psht, romance…

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    Laura Dembowski — February 6, 2014 at 9:47 am

    These look super yummy and great for Valentine’s Day! Valentine’s Day is a Hallmark holiday. All the companies just want to make money off of it. When I have a guy, I’ll be happy with some flowers ( and okay diamonds ) and spending it at home together.

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    • Jennie replied February 6th, 2014 at 1:40 pm

      That’s exactly what I had in mind when I wrote this post, Laura. It’s just a money making scheme. Thanks!

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    Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough — February 6, 2014 at 10:46 am

    I mean really, all I care about for Valentine’s Day this year is getting a full batch of these brownies into my belly. It’s all I want.

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    • Jennie replied February 6th, 2014 at 1:39 pm

      I agree Stephanie. I’m all about the chocolate.

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    Kayle (The Cooking Actress) — February 6, 2014 at 11:21 am

    Agh you sound like Michael! He’s all “there should be romance all year round” and I’m like “um but I don’t get romance all year” and then he redirects meeee or brings up my proposal. Gr.

    But brownies are good. Yes. They are good. Mmmmm

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    • Jennie replied February 6th, 2014 at 1:39 pm

      Boys… Squirrel’s birthday is on Valentine’s Day, so we tend to push that to the side and celebrate his special day. Thanks!

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    Roxana | Roxana's Home Baking — February 6, 2014 at 11:32 am

    I love brownies year round not just around Valentine’s day and these look amazing! I love maraschino cherries pair with chocolate and the addition of those tiny sprinkles make them really festive.

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    • Jennie replied February 6th, 2014 at 1:38 pm

      Thanks, Roxana! I agree, brownies are great all year long.

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    Allie B. — February 6, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    I think they’d be better using dried tart cherries instead of maraschino cherries, which taste a lot like a chemistry lab smells.

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    • Jennie replied February 6th, 2014 at 1:37 pm

      Okay, well, thanks for that, Allie. A recipe is just a foundation, feel free to change it up and make it your own by using dried tart cherries.

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    Anna@CrunchyCreamySweet — February 6, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    Valentine’s Day or not – I need these brownies! White chocolate and cherries – count me in!!

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    Jen @ Jen's Favorite Cookies — February 6, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    I agree… chocolate and Valentines should always go together! Awesome brownies, they look delicious!

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    Nancy @ gottagetbaked — February 6, 2014 at 3:46 pm

    Omg you’re hilarious, Jen. It totally made my day that you referenced the Oregon Trail. I’m in full agreement with you over Valentines Day. First off, we ladies should be showered with love, attention, jewelry and dessert every day of the year. It’s a totally bogus “holiday” meant for Hallmark, florists and restaurants to squeeze exorbitant amounts of money from us. But I’d never turn down the opportunity to bake or eat desserts at this time of year, especially not these gaaaaaw-geous brownies. They’re perfect! So fudgy ‘n dense. And I love your use of white chocolate, cherries and sprinkles. Your photos and styling are beautiful!

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    • Nancy @ gottagetbaked replied February 6th, 2014 at 3:46 pm

      ps. your link on my blog isn’t working (dammit!). I thought I fixed it but it’s not working. I’ll take care of it as soon as I get home from work.

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    Brianne @ Cupcakes & Kale Chips — February 6, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    Oh, it’s only food bloggers like us that care about the perfect squares. If no photos, I’d be digging into these while they were still warm! Yum!

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    Choc Chip Uru — February 6, 2014 at 5:56 pm

    Such beautiful brownies my friend, delicious flavour and loving the cherries and chocolate together!

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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    Claire Gallam — February 6, 2014 at 8:03 pm

    These look utterly FANTASTIC. omg.

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    Renee — February 6, 2014 at 8:32 pm

    I don’t care if it is for Valentine’s Day or any other day, I’d love to have your brownies and that lovely cherry napkin you have too (just pack it up and send it to me okay?).

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    Diane (createdbydiane) — February 7, 2014 at 12:20 am

    did you make these with me in mind….because I love them….and….I wish you could deliver these beauties to me :)

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    shannon — February 7, 2014 at 8:24 am

    valentine’s day? meh. it’s fine; i don’t harbor any bitterness towards it other than it makes my single friends feel weird to varying degrees, as it always did me, b/c it’s a weird and unnecessary holiday. BUT: make me these brownies? cover them in these totally adorable sprinkles? YAY FOR VALENTINES.

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    Kim@Treats & Trinkets — February 7, 2014 at 10:49 am

    See, I love Valentine’s Day STUFF. Chocolate and pink sparkles and cheesy cards and teddy bears holding cupcakes. But I kind of hate the actual holiday. Because nobody is ever free to do stuff on my birthday. *chin wobble*

    So I think you should totally send me some of these brownies because OMG CHOCOLATE CHERRY PERFECTION. Pinning!!!!

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    Jen @ It's a Food Fetish — February 7, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    You truly have some amazing ideas for recipes! Seriously, who needs Valentine’s Day or a man for that matter? I will be loving and appreciating these devilish brownies.

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    Carla — February 8, 2014 at 6:53 pm

    Considering I’m single, Valentine’s Day is just another day for me, although one year I ended up at the grocery store on Feb. 14 and laughed at all the men buying flowers (it was a funny scene, seeing like 10 guys in the florist section). Anyway, I love maraschino cherries and brownies, so I’d rather have these than flowers ;)

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    Susan — February 9, 2014 at 9:35 am

    I like how your version of how Valentine’s Day came to be! We don’t even exchange gifts anymore but I still insist on a card (it’s a thing). However I asked the hub if he wanted me to cook friday or wait until Saturday when there was more time to make a nicer meal. He said Saturday, so I said great I’m going to work out after work on Friday. Would you believe he was more upset than me? p.s. send brownies

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    Anne@FromMySweetHeart — February 9, 2014 at 1:26 pm

    Wow, Jennie! While I really love brownies….I REALLY love brownies with a little something extra! Cherries in brownies make me really happy! Your pictures are really wonderful, too! : )

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    Anita at Hungry Couple — February 9, 2014 at 3:06 pm

    Man? What’s he got to do with this. Pass me the brownies. :)

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    Jocelyn@Brucrewlife — February 9, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    Choc and cherries is one of my favorite combos lately! These brownies sound heavenly!! :)

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    Elizabeth @ SugarHero.com — February 10, 2014 at 2:19 am

    These brownies are so cute! I’m not sentimental about Valentine’s Day at all, but any holiday that gives me an excuse to eat mad amounts of chocolate is fine by me. :)

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    Sarah Reid, RHNC (@jo_jo_ba) — February 10, 2014 at 9:22 am

    *Dies* I so want this! Like now!

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    Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl — February 10, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    These brownies look incredible, especially that perfect top! I love the idea of a cherry brownie… yum!

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    Rachel @ Bakerita — February 12, 2014 at 6:44 am

    These brownies are gorgeous, and they sound so good! I love the flavors in here, definitely must try/devour them :) pinned!

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    Laura @ Laura's Culinary Adventures — February 14, 2014 at 4:27 pm

    I kind of like a blob of chocolate mess, so I usually eat at least one brownie hot out of the oven :)

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    Amy @ Elephant Eats — February 19, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    I participate in Valentine’s Day solely because it’s about pink, red and chocolate. I mean why wouldn’t you get in on that?! Mmm, i love that there are actual cherries in these!

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    • Jennie replied February 20th, 2014 at 7:52 pm

      Pink, red, and chocolate are perfect reasons to celebrate. Thanks, Amy!

      Reply

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