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Chocolate Chip Cherry Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

Chocolate Chip Cherry Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting. These slightly chewy cookie bars have plenty of dried cherries and chocolate chips baked inside with decadent layer of cream cheese icing on top. They also freeze quite well for holiday baking.

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Chocolate Chip Cherry Bars

These Chocolate Chip Cherry Bars bars are a terrific treat at any time of the year. But, they make an especially great addition to your Christmas baking list to make weeks in advance and freeze.

Dark Chocolate Chips, to melt and dip the biscotti

Dark chocolate chips; 50% cocoa.

I like dark chocolate chips in this recipe but you can substitute any kind you want. Even white chocolate chips if you like. I think that would be a great flavour combination with the dried cherries..

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White Chocolate Chips

Dried cherries are great in this recipe but you can also substitute dried cranberries if you like. 

stock photo of dried cranberries.

Dried Cranberries

If you liked this recipe you may want to check out this delicious collection of Favourite Newfoundland Cookies and Cookie Bars. They are always very popular on Rock Recipes, especially around the Holidays. 

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Chocolate Chip Cherry Bars close up image of stacked cookie bars on a white plate.
Yield: 2 dozen squares or bars

Chocolate Chip Cherry Bars with Cream Cheese Frosting

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

These slightly chewy cookie bars have plenty of dried cherries and chocolate chips baked inside with decadent layer of cream cheese icing on top. They also freeze quite well for holiday baking.

Ingredients

  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup + 3 tbsp flour
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries, chopped

For the Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 1/2 cup cream cheese
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups icing sugar

Instructions

  1. Cream the butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy.
  2. Add the egg and vanilla extract and beat well.
  3. Sift together the flour, baking powder and baking soda.
  4. Add dry ingredients to the creamed mixture, folding to combine well. Fold in the chocolate chips and chopped dried cherries.
  5. Spread in a parchment lined 9 inch square baking pan and bake for 35-40 minutes at 350 degrees F. (325 for glass bake ware) Remove from oven and cool thoroughly before frosting and cutting.

To prepare the Cream Cheese Frosting

  1. Simply beat all of the ingredients together on low speed until smooth. Add a few drops of milk if the frosting seems to thick to spread easily.

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Nutrition Information

Yield

24

Serving Size

1 cookie bar

Amount Per Serving Calories 162Total Fat 7gSaturated Fat 4gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 23mgSodium 79mgCarbohydrates 25gFiber 0gSugar 23gProtein 1g

The nutritional information provided is automatically calculated by third party software and is meant as a guideline only. Exact accuracy is not guaranteed. For recipes where all ingredients may not be used entirely, such as those with coatings on meats, or with sauces or dressings for example, calorie & nutritional values per serving will likely be somewhat lower than indicated.

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Janet Priddle

Monday 23rd of December 2019

Is 35 minutes the correct baking time? I don't often have failures but these are so hard I am having trouble cutting them. I reviewed recipe and I followed it correctly. Batter was very thick.

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