It is a New Year and as usual like all New Year's I have been busy counting points, tracking my weight all while running a food blog... Yeah. I know. Yet, sometimes I just can't help myself. I wanted to get back in the kitchen. Bake something. Anything.
So, I scrounged through my cabinets and came across dried cherries and chocolate. Great combo. Just ask well, anyone. I baked these up yesterday and yes, just in time for the game.
They are chewy, chocolaty and absolutely delicious. Blondies, and brownies have always been staples at game day parties and these were no different. Although the big game is a couple of weeks away, pin this, bookmark this or just plain print this recipe out as these are great for a crowd and no utensils are needed. Except maybe a plate or a napkin to catch those crumbs while you are glued to the tube. Enjoy!
Makes 24 Bars
2 2/3 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled)
4 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon fine salt
2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1 cup packed light-brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1 cup dried tart cherries
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt.
In a large bowl, using a mixer, beat butter and both sugars on high until pale and fluffy, 3 minutes. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Reduce speed to low, add flour mixture, and beat until combined. Stir in chocolate chips and cherries.
Press mixture into a 9-by-13-inch metal baking pan. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out with a few moist crumbs attached, 28 to 30 minutes. Let cool completely in pan on a wire rack.
Source Martha Stewart