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Cherry Cheese Brownies

Cherry Cheese BrowniesQuick and easy! Canned cherries and cream cheese give a brownie mix a festive look and taste.

Recipe Ingredients:

1 (16-ounce) can dark sweet cherries
1 (15-ounce) package brownie mix (8x8x2-inch pan size)
2 large eggs - divided use
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 (3-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
2 tablespoons granulate sugar
3/4 cup sweetened flaked coconut
1 teaspoon almond extract

Cooking Directions:

  1. Drain cherries, reserving 1/4 cup cherry juice. Put brownie mix in a large bowl. Add 1 egg, oil and reserved cherry juice; mix well. Gently stir in cherries. Set aside.
  2. Put cream cheese and sugar in a medium mixing bowl. Beat with an electric mixer 3 to 4 minutes or until well mixed. Add remaining egg; mix well. Stir in coconut and almond extract.
  3. Lightly grease an 8x8x2-inch baking pan. Spoon brownie mixture evenly into pan. Spoon cream cheese mixture over brownie mixture. Use a knife to swirl cream cheese mixture into brownie mixture.
  4. Bake brownies in a preheated 350°F (175°C) oven 35 to 40 minutes, or until a wooden pick inserted near center comes out clean.
  5. Let cool before cutting into squares or bars.

Makes 16 brownies.

Recipe and photograph provided courtesy of The Cherry Marketing Institute.