Chocolate Cherry Merlot Brownies

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


16 brownies


1 1/4 cups (6-ounce package) dried sweet cherries, chopped
1/2 cup Merlot wine
2 (8 ounce) bars 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 (white) sugar
1/3 cup butter, room temperature
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Preheat the oven to 350°F (177°C). Grease a 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.

In a small bowl, combine flour and salt. 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 cooling rack. Cut into bars.

Estimated Time

Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Bake Time: 33 minutes
Cool Time: 30 minutes

Additional Information

Sweetened dried cranberries can be substituted for the dried cherries.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving: Calories: 250; Calories from Fat: 90; Total Fat: 10 g; Saturated Fat: 6 g; Cholesterol: 35 mg; Sodium: 110 mg; Carbohydrates: 38 g; Dietary Fiber: 2 g; Sugars: 26 g; Protein: 2 g

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