Chocolate cherry bars

Chocolate cookie base, rich chocolate fudge, cherries and cherry flavored M&M’s – all in one irresistible bar! A scrumptious way to start the summer!

Chocolate cookie base, rich chocolate fudge, cherries and cherry flavored M&M's - all in one irresistible bar!  Recipe from Roxanashomebaking.com

Cherries are one of my favorite stone fruits. Little gems of juice and sugary sweetness, they mark the beginning of summer.

During my childhood I spend most of the summer vacation at my grandparents house in the country side. The house near us belonged to the brother of my grand-grandmother and they had this big cherry tree in front of the house. Towards the end of may we’d see here the cherries beginning to ripe and by middle June, when school was over the tree was full with red juicy cherries, just ready to be picked up. Carefully we’d climb up the tree and eat to our heart’s desire.

The joy of childhood. Not a thing to worry about.

Chocolate cookie base, rich chocolate fudge, cherries and cherry flavored M&M's - all in one irresistible bar!  Recipe from Roxanashomebaking.com

With just a little over two months before I start packing for our trip to Romania I’m beginning to reminisce more and more about my home town.

When we picked cherries for this month Chocolate party, memories of my grand-grandmother came to mind. She lived well in her 90’s and loved cherries. I remember her saying “cherry season is my favorite time of the year”. It is indeed a beautiful season.

With her memory in my mind I made these chocolate cherry bars.

Chocolate cookie base, rich chocolate fudge, cherries and cherry flavored M&M's - all in one irresistible bar!  Recipe from Roxanashomebaking.com

The basic recipe is the one from Hershey’s cookbook, I mentioned it before when I made the chocolate chip bars.

This time I followed the the recipe, I actually kept the fudge layer and topped it with thawed frozen cherries and a whole bag of cherry flavored M&M’s leftover from Valentine’s day (that pretty much gives you an idea how much candy I buy around the holidays if I still have some)

The bars turned over Ahh-mazing! I was a little worried the liquid from the cherries might make the bars super soft and hard to keep their shape, but once cooled they were easy to cut with a sharp knife.

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Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours

Yield: one 13X9 baking pan (approximative 32 bars)

Chocolate cherry bars #chocolateparty

Chocolate cookie base, rich chocolate fudge, cherries and cherry flavored M&M's - all in one irresistible bar! A scrumptious way to start the summer!

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cup (210 grams) all purpsoe flour
  • 1/4 cup (20 garms) cocoa powder
  • 1 cup (200 grams) sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 X 14 oz can (396 grams) condensed milk
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 2 cups drained, thawed frozen cherries (optional, you can use pitted fresh cherries)
  • 1 bag cherry flavored M&M's

Instructions

  1. Heat the oven to 350F. Line a 13X9" baking pan with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. In a food processor add the flour, cocoa powder, sugar, butter and egg. Pulse for about 2 minutes until it comes together in a ball.
  3. Reserve 3/4 cup of the dough. Press the remaining dough evenly on the bottom of the prepared baking pan.
  4. Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes.
  5. In the meantime, in a small saucepan combine the condensed milk with the chocolate chips, heat over medium heat until the chocolate chips are melted, stirring constantly to combine.
  6. Pour the chocolate mixture over the half baked cookie crust. Top with the cherries, M&M's and crumble the reserved cookie dough.
  7. Return to the oven and bake for an additional 30 - 35 minutes.
  8. Leave to cool completely in the pan before removing and slicing into bars.
  9. Enjoy!

Notes

Recipe adapted from Hershey's Chocolate Cookbook

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Curious about our monthly chocolate party? Here’s how you can join me and my wonderful hosts Emily of Life on Food, Veronica of My Catholic Kitchen, Pam of Blueberries and Blessings, Liz of That Skinny Chick can Bake, Kim of Ninja Baking, Denise of From Brazil to You , Laura of Tutti Dolci, Karen of Karen’s Kitchen Stories and Becky of A Calculated Whisk

Our recipes will be shared on the first Monday of each month and you can submit your own recipes by the end of the month. You can submit up to 3 recipes each month.

To make sure everyone is having fun, there are a few rules you’ll have to follow.

1.) Blog about your chocolate treat. Your recipe must include the two ingredients we choose. It can be a simple no bake treat or a sophisticated layer cake, the complexity level of the recipe is totally up to you.

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3.) Your recipe must be published during the current month. Please do not link old recipes, they will be deleted.

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Comments

  1. says

    I’m imaging a tree filled with cherries and I like that image! Lovely cherry chocolate bars Roxana! Your recipes are so creative and tempting ;-)

  2. donna Huffman says

    The recipe sound wonderufl and I’m sure we would love it, BUT, if I can’t find the cherry M&M’s, I’m done. I’ll just copy the recipe by hand. :(

    • says

      Hi Donna,
      I got all your three comments. I have the cherry M&M’s leftover from Valentine’s day (said that in the blog post) My advice would be to look at the candy isle at your grocery store. They have all kinds of M&M’s.

      Roxana

  3. says

    Roxy, you rock! What a great group…Chocolate Party! And, such a fabulous way to create a chocolate cherry treat! I’m glad you faced your fears and added those cherries to these bars. Now we all know what to do when Valentine’s Day rolls around again…stock up on the cherry flavored M&Ms! ;) xo

  4. says

    What a beautiful tribute to your grandmother, Roxana. How idyllic and wonderful to have a cherry tree in full bloom to climb as a child =)

    As always, your baked goodies look and sound divine!

    P.s. Thank you for the intro to cherry flavored M & Ms.

  5. Kim | a little lunch says

    Touching memories of your Grandma! Cherry season is just around the corner here (not locally grown — vendors who hawk their wares on street corners & in parking lots — love it!) Thanks for this cherry-laden chocolate treat.

  6. Elizabeth @ Confessions of a Baking Queen says

    So rich, fudgey and decedant! I have still yet to bake something for this month- life has been crazy and a non cherry lover this month is stumping me! Better get on it! :/

  7. says

    Ohhh chocolate and cherry – I love it! The wheels are turning in my head – can’t wait to make a recipe for this month.

    xo Jackie

  8. says

    These look like something I could get into and quickly…YUM! I am not a big fan of chocolate dipped cherries, but I think these could make me change my mind about the chocolate and cherry combo

  9. says

    Roxana,
    I had a cherry tree in the yard when I was growing up too. It had tart cherries until my uncle grafted a rainier cherry branch to it and then we got some sweet cherries. Hope you like my lofthouse cookies and thanks for hosting the party.
    Annamaria

  10. says

    Ooo! I’ve never had cherry m&m’s! In fact, I’ve never even seen them. Now I need to hunt them down because these bars need to be made in my kitchen. Holy cow these look amazing! Love chocolate and cherry together.

  11. Ursula Hurley says

    Roxana, these Cherry Chocolate bars look absolutely gorgeous. I have a problem, my children don’t like cherries and I was wondering if you could suggest another suitable fruit to use. I’ll definitely make the cherry ones for me & my husband. Any suggestions, please, Roxana? Thank you.

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