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Fudgy Cherry Brownies

 Fudgy Cherry Brownies
When I first saw this recipe in a local newspaper years ago, I couldn't wait to try it for our guests that very night. I knew it was a winner from the first bite. These rich fudgy brownies have been making friends merry ever since!
36 ServingsPrep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips, divided
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups biscuit/baking mix
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Almond Extract
  • 1/2 cup chopped maraschino cherries
  • 1/3 cup sliced almonds, toasted

Directions

  • In a heavy saucepan or microwave, melt 1 cup chocolate chips and
  • butter; stir until smooth. In a bowl, combine biscuit mix, milk, egg
  • and almond extract. Stir in chocolate mixture; mix well. Fold in
  • cherries and remaining chocolate chips.
  • Pour into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Sprinkle with almonds.
  • Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted
  • near the center comes out with moist crumbs and the edges pull away
  • from the sides. Cool on a wire rack. Yield: 3 dozen.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 piece) equals 131 calories, 7 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 13 mg cholesterol, 115 mg sodium, 17 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein.