FOOD

Drunken Cherry Double Chocolate Almond Brownies

Double the decadence with these double chocolate brownies.

FOOD

Drunken Cherry Double Chocolate Almond Brownies

Double the decadence with these double chocolate brownies.

Ingredients

Brownies

  • 1 1/4 cups dried cherries
  • 1 cup UV Cherry Flavored Vodka
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, cubed
  • 8 ounces plus 4 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 3 ounces unsweetened chocolate, grated
  • 3 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon pure almond extract
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 6 ounces (1 1/3 cups) slivered almonds, lightly toasted

Ganache

  • 8 ounces dark chocolate chips
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 teaspoons UV Cherry Flavored Vodka
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, softened

Steps

Brownies

  1. In an airtight container, combine the cherries and vodka. Cover and let stand for at least 1 hour up to overnight at room temperature.
  2. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a 9x13-inch baking dish and line with parchment, leaving a 1-inch overhang on 2 sides. Sprinkle the pan with some flour.
  3. Melt the butter, 8 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips, and unsweetened chocolate until smooth over a pot with simmering water. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
  4. In a separate bowl, mix together the eggs, sugar, and vanilla and almond extracts (do not beat). Pour the chocolate mixture into the egg mixture to combine.
  5. Sift together flour and salt. Fold the flour into the chocolate mixture just until flour disappears. Fold in the 4 ounces of chocolate. Strain the cherries from the vodka and reserve the vodka plus 1/4 cup cherries. Fold the remaining cherries and 1 cup of almonds into the batter. Pour the batter mixture into the prepared baking dish.
  6. Bake until a toothpick inserted comes out clean, about 40 to 45 minutes. Transfer pan to a wire rack to cool completely.
  7. Pour the ganache over the cooled brownies and sprinkle the top with remaining almonds and 1 tablespoon of cherries (finely chopped). Slice and serve.
  8. Bake with soul. Eat with pleasure!

Ganache

  1. Place the dark chocolate chips in a medium-size, heat-proof bowl. In a small saucepan, bring the cream to a boil. Immediately pour the hot cream over the chocolate chips and let stand for 1 minute. Using a wooden spoon, stir the cream into the chocolate until chocolate completely melts, working from the center out. Add the 2 teaspoons of vodka and incorporate the butter until it melts. Let stand and cool for 15 minutes.