Mini decadent brownie cups topped with homemade chocolate covered cherries means indulging on the classic pairing of cherries and chocolate in a new way.
Sometimes restraint is hard. One of my guilty pleasures is eating chocolate covered cherries, and I could eat a whole box if you’d let me. Every year for Christmas, there’s always that red box of heaven sitting under the tree, waiting to be devoured. As I was brainstorming ideas for holiday recipes, I thought about chocolate covered cherries. Then I thought about putting them on top of mini brownie bites. Would that make sense? Could I even make chocolate covered cherries from scratch or would I need to buy a box? Answer: you can make them from scratch. Or you can buy a box to eat while you make them from scratch. After all, you need to taste them to make sure they are just right.
Making chocolate covered cherries is easier than I thought. I assumed you needed a fancy mold – create a chocolate shell, fill chocolate shell, seal chocolate shell. In fact, I think I have a candy mold somewhere. Then I found a super easy recipe on Taste Of Home. You make this white dough to wrap around a cherry then dip in chocolate like you would with truffles. There may not be an oozing creamy liquid center, but I promise if you close your eyes, they taste exactly like the real deal.
As I started wrapping cherries, I realized they would be too big to top mini brownies. I cut the cherries in half and made smaller balls. Because they needed to stick to the brownies and not roll off, I placed the cherry on each brownie and poured the chocolate over top, allowing the chocolate to “glue” the cherry in place. No need to dip and make a mess. If you do go the easy route and use already-made cherries, use a bit of melted chocolate to “glue” them on top.
You don’t need to wait for Christmas to serve these brownie cups either. I vote to make and eat them all year round, but there’s also Valentine’s Day, birthdays, anniversaries, Mother’s Day, and Father’s Day. They also make a great I’m Sorry I Ate The Last Cupcake peace offering or I Love You Enough To Share These token of appreciation.
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Source: Adapted from Taste of Home and Baking: From My Home to Yours
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