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Holiday Brownies

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
    2 dozen


  • 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


  • 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.
  • Transfer to a greased 13x9-in. baking pan. Arrange remaining cherries over top. Bake at 350° for 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into bars.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 205 calories, 8g fat (3g saturated fat), 46mg cholesterol, 107mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (23g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.
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  • NanZim
    Feb 21, 2017

    I made these for my husband Valentine's Day using only red cherries. He thought they were very flavorful

  • laura78
    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.

  • Fras57
    Dec 20, 2013

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