Chocolate Cherry Bars

I have to admit that I’m really not that big of a fan of cherry. I can easily pass up cherry pie or cherry cheesecake. I know, I know, I’m weird.

BUT, I do know how to redeem cherry pie by adding chocolate to it, so does that make it better? 🙂

These chocolate cherry bars are the beautiful combination of devil’s food cake and cherry pie filling. Simple, delicious, and unique, too!

Start the chocolate cherry bars by gathering your ingredients: devil’s food cake mix, 21 oz. can cherry pie filling, 2 eggs, and  1 tsp. almond extract.

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Combine this well. A beater works best to make sure it’s mixed thoroughly! In this case, I used a stand mixer.

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Spread the batter evenly into a well-greased 9 x 13″ pan. You can also bake the bars in a jellyroll pan for a thinner bar; the baking directions will be a bit different and you can find this below.

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Bake the bars in a 350 degree oven for 25-30 minutes. If you’re using a jellyroll pan, reduce the time to about 20-25 minutes. Use the toothpick test to determine when it’s done to best suit your needs.

Meanwhile, begin the frosting. You will be pouring this over the warm bars. Melt 5 tbsp. butter in a saucepan.

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Add 1 c. sugar, 1/3 c. milk, and 1 c. chocolate chips. I also added another splash of almond extract because nothing goes together quite like cherries and almond flavor, am I right? It will look a little funky, but stir constantly to help melt the chips. Bring the frosting to a boil for 1 full minute, stirring the whole time. Remove the frosting from the heat.

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Remove bars from the oven and carefully pour frosting over bars.

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It’s important to let these cool completely before cutting the bars. I let them cool overnight. What do you think? Looks pretty tasty, huh? 🙂

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I’ve decided I need to invest in some colorful plates for photography reasons. No one ever tells you the things you’ll need to start a food blog:

  • Great-grandma’s recipes: Check
  • Fairly knowledgeable cooking background: Check
  • Ability to write wittingly: Oh, so close 🙂
  • Decent camera: Well, it works anyway…
  • Photography skills: Not quite
  • Photography props: Definitely not

Oh well, more room to grow, right? It keeps me humble anyway.

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Here’s the full recipe for the bars:

Chocolate Cherry Bars

Ingredients

  • 1 pkg. devil’s food cake mix
  • 21 oz. cherry pie filling
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. almond extract
  • 1 c. sugar
  • 1/3 c. milk
  • 5 tbsp. butter
  • 1 chocolate chips
  • 1/2 tsp. almond extract

Combine cake mix, pie filling, eggs, and 1 tsp. almond extract. Spread into a well-greased 9×13 or jellyroll pan. Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes (20-25 if using jellyroll pan). For the frosting, melt butter in saucepan. Add milk, sugar, and chocolate chips. Bring to a boil for one minute, stirring constantly. Pour frosting over warm bars. Let cool completely.

You definitely won’t regret making these bars!

Chocolate Cherry Bars

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Wishing you the happiest of weeks as the Easter season is upon us!

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My Weekly Web Finds

Friday has never looked so beautiful. The semester is wrapping up here, and finals are looming over me like a dark cloud.

So naturally, I’m spending more and more time on Pinterest finding things to feature on my blog post. Because, priorities. Right? 🙂

Any-hoo, here’s what I’ve found during my surfing of the web this week – enjoy!

I am 100% in love with this maxi skirt. For anyone wondering, my birthday is in exactly 79 days. 😉

Alice & Olivia Pleated Maxi Skirt, perfect with a white t shirt

These chocolate chunk cookie sticks look too good to pass up:

This activity for battleship with spelling words is an ingenious idea:

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I love this quote – such an important reminder!

Every child is gifted; they just unwrap their packages at different times or may have different contents.

This ice cream cone cupcake-cake is not only adorable, but also very easy!

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Finally, I end today’s post with this wonderful post from BuzzFeed. I’ve always loved Friends, and thanks to Netflix, I can watch it any time I please. All of these still make me giggle – I totally connect with Chandler’s sarcastic attitude.

The 33 Best Chandler Bing One-Liners

That’s all for now, folks – have a wonderful weekend!

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