Holiday Brownies Recipe
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Holiday Brownies Recipe

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Folks always ask for this recipe whenever I make these brownies. I make batches and batches of this tasty treat before the holidays and give them as gifts.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + cooling Bake: 35 min.
MAKES:24 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + cooling Bake: 35 min.
MAKES: 24 servings


  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 4 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups halved red and/or green candied cherries, divided
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 205 calories, 8 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 46 mg cholesterol, 107 mg sodium, 31 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.


  1. In a heavy saucepan, melt butter and chocolate over low heat. Cool for 10 minutes. In a bowl, combine the sugar, flour, cinnamon and salt. Stir in the cooled chocolate mixture, eggs and vanilla until smooth. Fold in 1-1/4 cups cherries and the walnuts.
  2. Transfer to a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Arrange remaining cherries over top. Bake at 350° for 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into bars. Yield: 2 dozen.
Originally published as Holiday Brownies in Country December/January 2000, p51

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Reviewed Jan. 10, 2016

"These are yummy! I made them to use up the leftover candied cherries from the fruitcake cookies I made for my dad for Christmas. I had less candied cherries than it calls for. I also added about a cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips. The taste reminds me and my family of chocolate sheath cake, because of the cinnamon. It is more time-consuming than you would think, because of the time it takes to melt the chocolate and butter. Next time, I will try chopping the chocolate into smaller pieces. That should help."

Reviewed Dec. 20, 2013

"I made these for New Years they were liked by all."

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