Chocolate Cherry Brownies

These chocolate cherry brownies are fudgy and perfect for chocolate lovers. A little cherry jam helps deepen the chocolate flavor.

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The lovely Nicole of The Marvelous Misadventures of a Foodie is expecting her first baby in just a few weeks! When we found out we were all due within a few weeks of each other, Nicole, Jenn and I formed our own little pregnancy support group. We’ve shared our cravings, debated the merits of finding out if we’re having boys or girls (or of not finding out in advance!) and shared our nursery and birth plans. Since we’re still working on building up our social network in Minnesota, it is so nice to have some virtual friends with whom to chat all things pregnancy!

That’s why I’m so excited about today’s post: we’re celebrating Nicole and her growing family with a little virtual baby shower!  The menu is all about pizza, brownies and booze, some of her favorite foods and drinks (though she’ll have to wait a few weeks to partake of the cocktails!).

Since my usually strong sweet tooth has only been strengthened by pregnancy, I chose to go the brownies route. Because chocolate.

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These chocolate cherry brownies are based off my super fudgy brownie recipe…and they have taken over as the new favorite. I had 3/4 of a jar of cherry jam open in my fridge already, so I decided to mix some into the brownie batter. It doesn’t make the brownies overwhelmingly fruity, but just adds a subtle depth of flavor. If you’re a fan of gooey, extra chocolate-y brownies, make these ASAP!

Chocolate Cherry Brownies

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 55 minutes

These chocolate cherry brownies are fudgy and perfect for chocolate lovers. A little cherry jam helps deepen the chocolate flavor.

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cherry jam
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and grease a 9" x 9" baking pan.
  2. Melt the chocolate with the butter and oil in a small saucepan. Stir until smooth.
  3. Pour the chocolate into a mixing bowl and whisk in the granulated sugar, brown sugar and jam.
  4. Add the flour, eggs, vanilla and salt, stirring until there are no dry spots left.
  5. Stir in the chocolate chips, then pour the batter into the prepared pan.
  6. Bake at 350°F for 40-45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the brownies comes out clean. Allow to cool for 10-15 minutes before serving.
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Check out the other things we’re making for the baby shower. Congrats again to Nicole. We’re so excited for you!
Boozy Red Velvet Hot Chocolate from Ari’s Menu

Boozy Iced Coffee from The Wanderlust Kitchen

Coconut Oil Brownies from Handle the Heat

Raspberry Lemonade Champagne Punch from Eat. Drink. Love.

Four Cheese Pizza with Sausage and Peppers from The Little Ferraro Kitchen

Crab Rangoon Pizza from Mollie’s Sprinkles of Life

Grapefruit Chia Seed Cocktail from Peace Love and Oats

White Pizza with Bacon, Basil & Tomatoes from Eating Bender

 

Smokehouse Cheese Ball

Smokehouse almonds and cherry jam come together in this cheese ball to make for a smoky creamy appetizer that is perfect for serving on game day.

Smokehouse Cheese Ball

This post is sponsored by Blue Diamond Almonds. Thanks for supporting the brands that make Savvy Eats possible.

It’s the last big football game of the season on Sunday! My Wisconsin native husband is a Packers fan, and their last game was… crushing, to say the least. So we’re not particularly rooting for either team this weekend. We’ll just be tuning in for some football. And lots of snacks. Who doesn’t love a good excuse for lots of tasty snacks?

Smokehouse Almond Cheese Ball // Savvy Eats

This game changing snack is based off of a family recipe. Growing up, no potluck or buffet with my mom’s side of the family was complete without a dose of Gramma’s cheese ball recipe. Packed with blue cheese, cheddar, cream cheese, pecans and Worcestershire sauce, we served it with a boatload of crackers alongside the makings for deli sandwiches.

Here, I replaced the blue cheese with goat cheese, and mixed in just enough cherry jam to give it a little sweetness and tang. I also subbed out the pecans for some Blue Diamond Smokehouse Almonds, which lent a salty, smoky flavor to the cheese ball. The result is a bold creamy snack that is great for snacking on while watching the big game.

Blue Diamond Smokehouse Almonds make for a delicious cheese ball!

As an added bonus, it only takes 10 minutes to whip up this recipe, plus a little time in the refrigerator to firm up. That’s all that stands between you and the perfect spread for buttery crackers at this Sunday’s game!

Let’s do this:

Smokehouse Cheese Ball

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Yield: Serves 12-16

Smokehouse Cheese Ball

Smokehouse almonds and cherry jam come together in this cheese ball to make for a smoky creamy appetizer that is perfect for serving on game day.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Blue Diamond Smokehouse Almonds, ground
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 5 ounces shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 4 ounces goat cheese, at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons cherry jam

Instructions

  1. Blend 1/2 cup of the almonds with the cream cheese, cheddar, goat cheese and cherry jam. You can do this by hand or with a food processor, though the final result will be smoother and creamier with the processor.
  2. Wrap the cheese in a piece of plastic wrap, shaping it into a ball as you do so. Chill for at least 1 hour.
  3. Roll the cheese ball in the remaining almonds. Serve immediately, or chill until ready to serve.
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