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Marbled Cherry Brownies

Marbled Cherry BrowniesChocolate brownies with swirls of maraschino cherry cream filling.

Recipe Ingredients:

1/2 cup butter or margarine, melted
1/3 cup HERSHEY'S Cocoa
2 large eggs
1 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt

Cherry Cream Filling:
1 (3-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
1/3 cup chopped maraschino cherries, well drained
1 to 2 drops red food color (optional)

Cooking Directions:

  1. Prepare Cherry Cream Filling; set aside.
  2. Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease 9-inch square baking pan.
  3. Stir butter and cocoa in small bowl until well blended; cool slightly.
  4. Beat eggs in medium bowl until foamy. Gradually add sugar and vanilla, beating until well blended.
  5. Stir together flour, baking powder and salt; add to egg mixture. Add cocoa mixture; stir until well blended.
  6. Spread half of chocolate batter into prepared pan; cover with Cherry Cream Filling. Drop spoonfuls of remaining chocolate batter over filling. With knife or spatula, gently swirl chocolate batter into filling for marbled effect.
  7. Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until brownies begin to pull away from sides of pan. Cool; cut into squares. Cover; refrigerate leftover brownies. Bring to room temperature to serve.
  8. For Cherry Cream Filling: Beat cream cheese and sugar in small bowl on medium speed of mixer until blended. Add egg, vanilla and almond extract; beat well. (Mixture will be thin.) Stir in cherries and food color, if desired.

Makes about 16 brownies.

Recipe and photograph courtesy of the Hershey Kitchens, and reprinted with permission of The Hershey Company. © The Hershey Company.