Spiff up the candy box classic with these little brownie bites.
Have you ever had a cherry cordial? Chances are, if you've ever gotten a box of chocolates as a gift (say, for Valentine's Day?), you have. It's a chocolate shell filled with a candied cherry and syrup. They're not my favorites in the box - more of the one I'll take a bite of and put back - mostly because they have a very artificial cherry flavor. Whatever may once have been a cherry is obscured by the sugary-sweet syrup.
But these little brownie bites recreate the ideal chocolate-cherry combination, with a much better result. The dried cherries pack plenty of natural cherry flavor, without the dampness from fresh ones. The brownie is rich and chewy and the flecks of cherries bring them to a whole new level. I like to make these in mini muffin pans, but a whole sheet cut into squares is just as tasty.
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