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Cherry Cream Cheese Brownies

Servings: 9 square bars
The combination of chocolate, cherries and cream cheese make these brownies festive.

1 (16-ounce) can dark sweet cherries
1 (15-ounce) brownie mix (8x8 pan size)
2 large eggs, divided
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 (3-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
3/4 cup flaked coconut
1 teaspoon almond extract

Drain cherries and reserve 1/4 cup cherry juice. Put brownie mix in a large bowl. Add 1 egg, oil and reserved cherry juice; mix well.
Gently stir in cherries. Set aside. Put cream cheese and sugar in a medium mixing bowl. Beat with an electric mixer 3 to 4 minutes, or until well mixed. Add remaining 1 egg, and mix well. Stir in coconut and almond extract. Lightly grease an 8x8x2-inch baking pan. Spoon brownie mixture evenly into pan. Spoon cream cheese mixture over brownie mixture. Use a knife to swirl cream cheese mixture into brownie mixture. Bake in a preheated 350 degree F oven 35 to 40 minutes, or until wooden pick inserted near center comes out clean. Let cool. Cut into squares or bars. Makes 9 squares; 18 bars.

Note: 1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts can be substituted for the coconut.

Source: DianasDesserts.com
Date: Aug. 4, 2002