Cherry Cheese Brownies

Cherries and cream cheese make these brownies festive.

Yield

18 brownies

Ingredients

1 (16 ounce) can dark sweet cherries
1 (15 ounce) package brownie mix
2 large eggs, divided use
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 (3 ounce) package cream cheese, room temperature
2 tablespoons granulate sugar
3/4 cup sweetened flaked coconut
1 teaspoon almond extract

Directions

Preheat oven to 350°F (177°C). Grease an 8-inch square pan using Pan Release or baking spray with flour. Drain cherries, reserving 1/4 cup cherry juice.

Put brownie mix in a large bowl. Add 1 egg, oil and reserved cherry juice. Mix well. Gently stir in cherries; set aside.

In a medium mixing bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar with an electric mixer 3 to 4 minutes or until well mixed. Add remaining egg. Mix well. Stir in coconut and almond extract. Spoon brownie mixture evenly into prepared pan. Spoon cream cheese mixture over brownie mixture. Use a knife to swirl cream cheese mixture into brownie mixture.

Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted halfway between edge and center comes out clean. Do not overbake. Center should be set but not dry. Cool on wire cooling rack before cutting.

Estimated Time

Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Bake Time: 40 minutes

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