Preparation time: 15 minutes plus cooling
Cooking time: 35 minutes
Difficulty: Easy - for beginners
Serves: 24 servings
â€¢1/2 cup butter
â€¢4 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
â€¢2 cups sugar
â€¢1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
â€¢2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
â€¢1/2 teaspoon salt
â€¢4 eggs, beaten
â€¢1 teaspoon vanilla extract
â€¢1-1/2 cups halved red and/or green candied cherries, divided
â€¢1 cup chopped Diamond of California® Walnuts
â€¢In a heavy saucepan, melt butter and chocolate over low heat. Cool for 10 minutes. In a bowl, combine the sugar, flour, cinnamon and salt. Stir in the cooled chocolate mixture, eggs and vanilla until smooth. Fold in 1-1/4 cups cherries and the walnuts.
â€¢ Transfer to a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Arrange remaining cherries over top. Bake at 350° for 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into bars. Yield: 2 dozen.