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Black Forest Bars

Black Forest BarsThese Black Forest Bars are made from brownie base with cherry infused cream cheese filling. A drizzling of chocolate icing adds decadence. Here is an easy dessert recipe for Black Forest Bars.

Ingredients:
Bars
4 ounces unsweetened chocolate
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
l cup packed light brown sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips

Cherry Cream Cheese Filling
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
4 ounces cream cheese softened
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups powdered sugar
1 cup dried cherries, finely chopped

Chocolate Drizzle
2 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 tablespoon whipping cream

Procedures:
Preheat oven to 325°F (175°C).

Melt chocolate and butter in a small saucepan or in the microwave, stirring until smooth, Cool.

In a small bowl, combine flour and salt in a bowl. Set aside.

In a large bowl, beat eggs until fluffy, about 1 minute. Gradually beat in brown sugar. Add cooled chocolate mixture and vanilla. Stir in flour mixture until blended. Fold in walnuts and chocolate chips.

Spread batter in a buttered 13x 9-inch baking pan. Bake for 20 to 22 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan on wire rack.

To make the filling, cream butter and cream cheese in a bowl until light and fluffy. Gradually beat in vanilla and powdered sugar. Stir in cherries. Spread mixture evenly over brownie layer. Refrigerate until set.

For the chocolate drizzle, melt the chocolate chips and cream over low heat or in the microwave. Cool slightly. Dip a fork into the mixture and drizzle over the cherry layer. Chill until firm. Cut in 2x2-inch squares. Refrigerate until serving time.

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