Chocolate Cherry Merlot Brownies

Chocolate Cherry Merlot Brownies

Prep:
20 mins
Cooking:
33 mins
Level:
Intermediate
Cooling:
30 mins
Yields:
16 brownies

Sweeten the moment with this unique, wine lover's dessert. Bursting with merlot-soaked cherries, these fudgy brownies are bound to spark passion.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups (6-oz. pkg.) dried sweet cherries, chopped
  • 1/2 cup Merlot wine
  • 2 bars (8 oz.) NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Dark Chocolate Baking Bar, broken into small pieces
  • 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

PREHEAT oven to 350º F. Grease 9-inch-square baking pan.

MICROWAVE dried cherries and wine in small, uncovered, microwave-safe bowl on HIGH (100%) power for 1 minute. Set aside for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Drain cherries; discard wine.

MICROWAVE chocolate in small, uncovered, microwave-safe bowl on HIGH (100%) power for 45 seconds; STIR. If pieces retain some of their original shape, microwave at additional 10- to 15-second intervals, stirring just until melted; cool to room temperature.

COMBINE flour and salt in small bowl. Beat sugar and butter in medium mixer bowl until well mixed. Add eggs and beat until light and fluffy. Beat in melted chocolate and vanilla extract. Stir in flour mixture until blended. Stir in drained cherries. Spread into prepared pan.

BAKE for 33 to 37 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out slightly sticky. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Cut into bars.

NOTE: Sweetened dried cranberries can be substituted for the dried cherries.

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Nutritional Information

  • Serving Size
    1/16 brownies of recipe
  • Calories 250
  • Calories from Fat 90

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

% Daily Value *

  • Total Fat 10g 15%
  • Saturated Fat 6g 28%
  • Cholesterol 35mg 12%
  • Sodium 110mg 5%
  • Carbohydrates 38g 13%
  • Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
  • Sugars 26g
  • Protein 2g
  • Vitamin A 6%
  • Vitamin C 8%
  • Calcium 2%
  • Iron 4%

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