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Cherry Chocolate Chip Bars

A deliciously soft and flavorful dessert, these Cherry Chocolate Chip Bars are filled with maraschino cherries, chocolate chips and frosted with a creamy cherry buttercream!

A CHOCOLATE CHERRY DESSERT BAR

These Cherry Chocolate Chip Bars combine two flavors that are a match made in heaven. These bars are seriously irresistible and I would eat the frosting alone with just a spoon. They are light and airy with a little bit of chew which makes them even more tempting. Trust me when I say that you’ll want to make this Cherry Chocolate Chip Bar recipe!

Three stacked Cherry Chocolate Chip Bars topped with a cherry.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

I’m not a fan of almond can I use vanilla extract in the bars?

While almond and cherry go very well together you can absolutely swap the almond extract with vanilla extract in these.

How many bars does this make?

This can make 24 smaller bars or 12 larger bars depending on how big you want to cut them.

What kind of chocolate chips are best?

We like semi-sweet chocolate chips for this recipe as it balances out the sweetness from the bars. You can use milk or dark chocolate chips as well. We also use mini chocolate chips for these, but if you want more of the chocolate flavor you can use regular sized. Hershey’s brand or Ghirardelli brand are my favorites.

How do I store leftovers?

These can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature or in the refrigerator for up to 5-6 days. These can also be frozen, place bars in a freezer container or bag separated by parchment paper and they should keep for up to 3 months, let defrost in refrigerator or on countertop.

Pinterest image of one Cherry Chocolate Chip Bar with cherry on top and bite taken out.

INGREDIENTS NEEDED: (FULL RECIPE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE POST)

  • all-purpose flour 
  • granulated sugar 
  • butter
  • milk 
  • baking powder 
  • salt 
  • almond extract 
  • egg whites 
  • mini semi-sweet chocolate chips 
  • maraschino cherries
  • powdered sugar 
  • vanilla extract
  • maraschino cherry juice
Ingredients needed: all-purpose flour, granulated sugar, butter, milk, baking powder, salt, almond extract, egg whites, mini semi-sweet chocolate chips, maraschino cherries, powdered sugar, vanilla extract and maraschino cherry juice.

HOW TO MAKE CHERRY CHOCOLATE CHIP BARS:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9×13-inch baking pan. With a hand mixer or stand mixer, beat all bar cake ingredients, besides cherries, chocolate chips, and egg whites. Start on low, scraping sides as needed, turn to medium once ingredients are combined and beat for two minutes. 

Bar batter beaten together in bowl of stand mixer.

Add egg whites and beat again on medium for two minutes. 

Egg white added to bar batter in stand mixer and mixed.

Stir in cherries and chocolate chips. 

Cherries and chocolate chips mixed into batter.

Pour into greased pan and bake for 40-45 minutes, until the toothpick comes out clean in the center. Allow to cool completely before frosting. 

Batter being spread into prepared baking pan.

To make frosting, beat all the frosting ingredients together with an electric mixer until smooth and creamy. 

Frosting mixed together in bowl of stand mixer.

Spread frosting onto cooled bars. Sprinkle with additional chocolate chips desired.

Frosted Cherry Chocolate Chip Bars in pan.

Enjoy!

Three stacked Cherry Chocolate Chip Bars with bite taken out of top bar.

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Cherry Chocolate Chip Bars

A deliciously soft and flavorful dessert, these Cherry Chocolate Chip Bars are filled with maraschino cherries, chocolate chips and frosted with a creamy cherry buttercream!
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 24

Ingredients

Bars:

Frosting:

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Grease a 9×13-inch baking pan.
  • With a hand mixer or stand mixer, beat all bar ingredients, besides cherries, chocolate chips, and egg whites. Start on low scraping sides as needed, turn to medium once ingredients are combined and beat for two minutes.
  • Add egg whites and beat again on medium for two minutes.
  • Stir in cherries and chocolate chips.
  • Pour into greased pan and bake for 40-45 minutes, until the toothpick comes out clean in the center. Allow to cool completely before frosting.
  • To make frosting, beat all ingredients together with an electric mixer until smooth and creamy.
  • Spread frosting onto cooled bars. Sprinkle with additional chocolate chips desired. Enjoy!

Notes

  • Use any of your favorite chocolate chip flavors, we use semi-sweet.
  • You can use regular sized chocolate chips over mini if you want a more chocolate flavor.
  • Make sure you pat the maraschino cherries dry.
  • These can be frozen, see tips above.
  • Powdered sugar is the same thing as confectioners sugar. 
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American

Nutrition

Calories: 312kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 17g | Sodium: 227mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 27g

Nutritional Disclaimer

“The Country Cook” is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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