I’m so excited that it is nearly cherry season that I had to get it started a little early with these Chocolate Cherry Berry Bars. I didn’t used to be a big cherry fan because pits kind of freak me out and it is such a pain to use a knife to pit them in bulk. But then I discovered that some people who are smarter than I am made a cherry pitter for this very purpose. Now when cherries are in season, I can’t stop eating them.
But then I discovered that Trader Joe’s carries frozen, pitted cherries in their frozen section fairly cheaply all year round. Out of season cherries are not very tasty. Plus they are hard to find and extremely expensive, but this was a game changer.
With these two discoveries, I feel like cherries have kind of taken over my life. Between using them in smoothies for breakfast, eating them right out of the bag (fresh or frozen), and making delicious desserts like these Chocolate Cherry Berry Bars, I’ve been a pretty happy camper. Thank goodness cherries are good for you!
These Chocolate Cherry Berry Bars are definitely not good for you, but they are so good, I don’t even feel bad. With chocolate and brown butter in addition to the jammy sweetness of the cherries and berries, all of the ingredients melt into each other to create the perfect bite. Best of all, Chocolate Cherry Berry Bars only require 9 ingredients, and you probably have most of them in your pantry already.
They don’t look like much, but they are perfect for a Memorial Day picnic this weekend, and they won’t go uneaten at a party or barbecue. I made a double batch of these to take to a party a few weeks ago, expecting to have leftovers, and not one was left by the time the party was over. They’re that good!
- 1 cup butter
- 2 cups brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons vanilla
- 2 eggs
- 2 cups flour
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 2 cups cherry berry mixed fruit (you can use all cherries here if you'd like, but I happened to have this on hand and it worked well)
- 1 cup dark chocolate chips
- Non-stick Spray
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- Then start by browning the butter. If you aren't a pro at this, use a light colored saucepan or skillet so you can really see the color of the butter. Let it melt over medium heat, stirring frequently. As the butter melts, it will start to foam up. This is a good sign, but be careful that you don't burn yourself. It can splatter up unexpectedly. Keep stirring until the milk solids are brown and it starts to smelly nutty. Make sure you watch it very closely, because it can go from deliciously browned to burnt very quickly.
- Remove the butter from the heat and stir in the brown sugar. Mix in the vanilla and the eggs, but make sure to whisk quickly, otherwise the residual heat from the butter may scramble the eggs a bit, resulting in a weird texture.
- Fold in the flour and salt until it is just combined. Be careful not to over mix. Now fold in the cherry berry mixture and the chocolate chips, again being careful so as not to mangle the fruit too much.
- Spray a 9x13 dish with the non-stick spray and pour the mixture in the pan. Bake at 350 for 35 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.