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."
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  • Preheat oven to 350º F.
  • Grease 9-inch-square baking pan.
  • Microwave dried cherries and merlot 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 1 minute; STIR.
  • Sections may retain some of their original shape.
  • If necessary, microwave at additional 10- to 15-second intervals, stirring just until smooth; cool to room temperature.
  • Combine flour and salt in small bowl.
  • 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 rack.
  • Cut into bars.
  • NOTE: Sweetened dried cranberries can be substituted for the dried cherries.

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  1. BB2011
    I baked these for a restaurant, and they are amazing! I used dried cranberries rather than cherries. The merlot (Copper Ridge) added a delicious "something extra." Definitely use DARK baking chocolate. Wonderful, wonderful, and they will be made and enjoyed again.
  2. CarsonM
    For me, these were just okay... the batter had a great texture, but the brownies themselves weren't all that chocolatey (amazingly), nor could I detect the presence of the merlot. I did like the addition of the cherries, though. And I was really amused when the bar of baking chocolate that I bought to make these brownies turned out to have this very recipe on the back!
  3. two - thirds
    Mmmmmmmmm! These will be made again in our house! Rich and chocolatey I don't think I'll be using the boxed mixes anymore! I used 62% cacao instead.
  4. westivan
    Mmmmmmmm! I used dried cranberries as I couldn't find cherries, but followed the rest exactly. A delicious, rich brownie - lovely with coffee after dinner instead of a full-on dessert. The only problem is I *really* have to hide from the kids if I want one during the day LOL. Made for ZWT3.
  5. Lori91761
    If you have a Trader Joe's store in your area, they carry all kinds of dried fruits, including cherries and cranberries. This is a superb recipe and loved by all I served it too.



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