Cherry and Spice Brownie Bites

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“This is, without a doubt, one of the best brownie recipes I have ever tried. The recipe is from the AARP Nov/Dec magazine. Wanted to post here so it wouldn't be lost. A little does go a long way, because these are so rich! If needed for a cookie exchange, you could cut these into 1" squares. If for yourself, cut more generously. If you need to serve a crowd, increase the recipe by 2 1/2 times and bake in a 9"x13" pan. They will need a little more time in the oven this way. Make sure to test for doneness with a knife.”
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Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Center a rack in the oven and preheat to 325F degrees. Line an 8" square baking pan with aluminum foil and butter the foil or use nonstick foil.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, salt and spices.
  3. Put a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of gently simmering water. Put the butter in the bottom of the bowl, then add the chopped chocolates. Heat, stirring occasionally, just until the ingredients are melted - don't get them so hot that the butter separates. Remove the bowl from the pan.
  4. Using a whisk, stir the sugars into the butter-chocolate mixture. Add the eggs, one at a time. Add the vanilla and the grated orange zest and whisk the mixture energetically. Gently mix in the dry ingredients, stirring only until they are incorporated. Switch to a rubber spatula and fold in the nuts and cherries. Turn the batter into the prepared pan and even the top with the spatula.
  5. Bake the brownies for about 25 minutes, or until the top no longer looks wet and a thin knife inserted into the center comes out clean. Place the pan on a rack and cool to room temperature.
  6. When the brownies are cool, turn them over onto the rack, peel away the foil, and invert them onto a cutting board. Using a ruler and a long, thin knife, cut the brownies into 1"x1" bites.
  7. Storage tips: Wellpwrapped and uncut, the brownies will keep at room temperature for 4 to 5 days; cut, they will keep for about 3 days. They can be frozen for up to 2 months.

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