Chocolate Chip Cherry Bars

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Total time:

60 mins

 

Makes:

9 servings.

 

INGREDIENTS

  •  1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted (1 stick)
  • 1 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt, optional
  • 3/4 to 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup cherries (fresh or frozen)*

INSTRUCTIONS

Step 1

Preheat oven to 350F. Line an 8-by-8-inch pan with aluminum foil, spray with cooking spray; set aside.

Step 2

In a medium microwave-safe bowl, melt the butter, about 60 seconds.
To the melted butter, add the brown sugar and stir to combine.

Step 3

Add the egg, vanilla, and stir to combine. Add the flour, salt, and stir until just combined, taking care not to over mix or the blondies will be tough.

Step 4

Fold in chocolate chips, fruit (I don’t halve the cherries: I like them chunky and big), and pour batter into prepared pan, smoothing it lightly with a spatula or offset knife if necessary.

Step 5

Bake for 27 to 32 minutes, or until edges begin to slightly pull away from sides of pan and center is set.

Step 6

Allow bars to cool for at least 1 hour before slicing and serving. Blondies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature or in the refrigerator for up to 1 week or frozen for up to 3 months.