These brownies were appropriately named. Described as... "rich, creamy no-frosting brownie with a chocolatey fudge base", they deliver everything they promise to!

I made this recipe from the Company's Coming book, Sweet Cravings. The picture is what attracted me to them initially and after making them I was not disappointed. A nice bite-size brownie with a sweet topping. No icing is required. The chocolate chips for the top are listed as optional but I would definitely not leave them out! It intensifies the chocolate bottom layer. The brownies are really easy to make taking very little time. The candied, chopped cherries can be chopped beforehand to speed up the baking steps. I was also impressed with how easy these came out of the pan when cooled. Be sure to grease the pan and you can cut and lift them out relatively effortless!

  • 6 Tbsp margarine
  • 1/4 cup cocoa
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 4 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup maraschino cherry syrup
  • 1/4 cup icing sugar
  • 1/4 cup mini-chocolate chips (optional)
  • 1/2 cup maraschino cherries, chopped

Heat margarine and cocoa in medium saucepan on medium-low heat until margarine is melted.

Add sugar and 2 eggs. Stir. Add flour and salt. Stir. Spread into a greased 9 x 9 inch pan. Set aside. 

Beat cream cheese, syrup and icing sugar together in medium bowl until smooth.  (I found there were still a few lumps of cream cheese but tasted fine when completed). Beat in remaining egg. Stir in chocolate chips and cherries. Pour over cocoa mixture.

Bake in 350°F oven for 35 to 40 minutes until wooden toothpick inserted in center comes out moist but not wet with batter. Do not overbake. Cool and cut into 36 bars. These are so good!

What do you think?
This is my new favourite square! They seem so simple to make, but the taste is out of this world!
Janice Stuckless

Mom, wife, baker, cook and lover of every cookie cutter and kitchen gadget there is, that's me!