Extra Sweet New Year’s Treat

Have you had all of the apple pie, pumpkin pie, and spiced treats you can handle? Are you surprised that you are somehow still managing to crave yet one more sweet indulgence before the holiday festivities are through? We suggest you take a bit of a detour and reach for a cherry brownie bite that you can quickly whip up in your own kitchen, thanks to a simple recipe from RachelRayMag.com. And don’t forget – in addition to enjoying some cozy time spent baking and lounging about on New Year’s day, take care of your teeth and gums! Rinse your smile then brush after a half hour, so you can enjoy your dessert without worrying about your oral health. Happy New Year!


  • 4 ounces unsalted butter
  • 6 ounces semisweet chocolate
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup chopped dried cherries


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Melt 4 ounces unsalted butter with 6 ounces semisweet chocolate; let cool. In a bowl, combine 1 cup flour, 1/4 cup cocoa powder and 1 teaspoon salt. In another bowl, beat 1 1/4 cups sugar, the chocolate mixture and 3 eggs; stir into the dry ingredients. Fold in 1 cup chopped dried cherries. Pour into a greased and floured foil-lined 8-inch square baking pan; bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 45 minutes. Cool on a rack. Cut into 3/4-inch squares.