Cherry Juice Cheese Brownies

Mar 15
Cherry Juice Cheese Brownies Cherries and cream cheese make these brownies festive.
  • 1 (16-ounce) can dark sweet cherries
  • 1/2 tablespoon cherry juice
  • 1 (15-ounce) brownie mix (8x8 pan size)
  • 2 eggs, divided
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 (3-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup flaked coconut
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
Drain cherries; reserve 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. Put cream cheese and sugar in a medium mixing bowl. Beat with an electric mixer 3 to 4 minutes, or until well mixed. Add remaining egg; mix well. Stir in coconut and almond extract. Lightly grease an 83832-inch baking pan. Spoon brownie mixture evenly into pan. Spoon cream cheese mixture over brownie mixture. Use a knife to swirl cream cheese mixture into brownie mixture. Bake in a preheated 350-degree oven 35 to 40 minutes, or until wooden pick inserted near center comes out clean. Let cool. Cut into squares or bars. Makes 9 squares; 18 bars. Note: 1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts can be substituted for coconut.

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