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Chocolate Cherry Bars

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Ingredients

  • 1 Box Devil's Food Cake
  • 1, 21 oz. Can Cherry Pie Filling
  • 1 Teaspoon Almond Extract
  • 2 whole Eggs
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 1/3 Cup Milk
  • 5 Tablespoons Butter
  • 6 oz. Chocolate Chips

Chocolate Cherry Bars

This perfect blend of chocolate and cherries makes for a simple and quick treat.

40 Minutes (plus cooling)

Serves: 12-18

Easy

A boxed cake mix and cherry pie filling come together with a stovetop frosting to create a great dessert with minimal effort.

Chocolate Cherry Bars Ingredients

These Chocolate Cherry Bars are almost more of a cake than they are bars and they’re about the easiest thing you could make. Almost a “dump cake” in it’s ease. The frosting does require a bit of work and finesse comparatively, but’s its also pretty quick and easy. Plus, the end result is a silky and fudgy frosting that could be used for many different desserts. The combination of bright cherries and rich chocolate is really the star here. If you like that combo – you will certainly LOVE these bars – err, cake.

To make the bar/cake portion, you pretty much just dump all the ingredients into a big bowl and stir. I would stir by hand, just so the cake doesn’t get overworked, but the majority of the ingredients are coming from a box, so you really can’t go wrong. The trick to the fudge, is really just keep stirring. Get the sugar, milk and butter into a sauce pan. Use one that is quite a bit bigger than you think you need. Get it over medium heat and, with a whisk, just keep stirring until it comes to a rolling boil and let it stay there for about a minute. Then dump in the chocolate chips. Keep stirring the whole time and you’re good.

This is a great recipe to make for first time bakers or those early in their baking journey. And the flavors are just perfect as-is. I don’t that adding anything or swapping any ingredients would help all that much. Don’t mess with perfection! If you give these Chocolate Cherry Bars a try, let me know what you think in the comments and share a picture with me on Instagram (@bdhbakes).

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Steps:

  • Preheat oven to 350º and Prep Pan 

    Preheat the oven to 350º. I'd wait to go to the the next step until the oven is at about 300º because it'll be ready FAST. Be sure to spray your 13" x 9" pan with a baking spray, or cooking spray and a light coating of flour.

    Chocolate Cherry Bars Prep Pan
  • Make Cake Mix 

    Into a large bowl, add the cake mix, cherry pie filling, almond extract and two eggs. Mix well until there are no dry bits and all the ingredients are incorporated.

    Chocolate Cherry Bars Add Ingredients Into Large Bowl
    Chocolate Cherry Bars Stir Together Until Smooth
  • Spread into Prepped Pan 

    Tip the mixture into the prepped pan and spread into an even layer

    Chocolate Cherry Bars Spread in Pan
  • Bake for 25-30 Minutes 

    Bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the middle of the bake comes out clean.

  • Cook Frosting Ingredients 

    After the tray has been in the oven for about 20 minutes, begin to make the frosting. In a large sauce pan, add the sugar, milk, and butter. Over medium heat and stirring constantly, gently bring the ingredients to a rolling boil and keep it boiling for about one minute.

    Chocolate Cherry Bars Frosting Ingredients
    Chocolate Cherry Bars Frosting Ingredients Melted
    Chocolate Cherry Bars Frosting Boil for One Minute
  • Add Chocolate 

    After the ingredients has boiled for about a minute, quickly remove from heat and then add the chocolate chips. Stir and stir until the frosting is perfectly smooth. Set aside until the bars come out of the oven.

    Chocolate Cherry Bars Add Chocolate Chips
    Chocolate Cherry Bars Stir Until Smooth
  • Spread Frosting 

    Once the bars are done baking, remove them from the oven and frost them immediately. Pour the chocolate frosting on top and smooth evenly across the entire surface. Allow to cool completely and then slice and serve.

    Chocolate Cherry Bars Add Frosting

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