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Amaretto Cherry Brownies

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Delicious brownies for Valentines Day…

This is yet another version of the quick brownies I have made in the past. I don’t make them very often as this treat has two cups of sugar. Even though I use turbinado sugar, it is still a lot.

Once in a while I do get in the mood and make them- they are very sinful. I modified them by using dried, tart cherries. As I was thinking of complementing flavors, amaretto and almonds came to mind. So, I added both to the mix- why not- the more the merrier.

I thought of adding toasted almonds but then I wasn’t sure if anyone who might be eating the brownies is allergic to them- so I avoided them. I do think they will be delicious with the nuts.

While the brownie pan was in the oven, the house smelled divine. My daughter came back from school and her nose lead her to the kitchen and like a little puppy, she sniffed her way to the brownies.

I wasn’t sure if she will like the treat with tart cherries and the almond flavor- but she clearly had no problem . She loved it and so did my husband. I have to say, they were delicious- a bit dangerous to have in the house. I kept munching on them all day and it is especially bad for me since I am in the kitchen practically the whole day- it was not good.

The good news is they are delicious- the bad news is they are delicious and you will eat them all…

  • 2 cups evaporated cane juice
  • 1 cup extra light olive oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons amaretto liquor
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1½ cups white whole-wheat flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ cup cocoa powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ to 1 cup dried cherries, chopped

Preheat oven at 350 degrees.
Butter an 8X8-baking pan.

In a large bowl, blend the sugar, oil, eggs, amaretto and almond extract well. Sift the flour, baking powder, salt and cocoa powder. Slowly add the dry ingredients mixing well in between. Add the dried cherries and mix well. Pour the batter into the pan and bake for 30 minutes if you like gooey brownies- a few minutes more if you like them more cake-like.

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