Full disclosure: These just might be the best brownies I’ve ever made.
A fudgy, chocolate-y brownie filled with cherries and topped with layers of melted chocolate, cherry buttercream frosting, and miniature chocolate chips, they taste just like a classic cherry cordial.
I started with my go-to brownie recipe (the same base recipe used to make my dark chocolate mint brownies) then added chopped dried sweet cherries, cherry flavor oil, and a hint of pink food coloring for visual appeal. If I made these brownies again, I might try adding chopped chocolate covered cherry cordials to the batter. However, they are delicious just as is!
A few notes on these brownies:
I made the buttercream frosting using my trusty Lorann Oils, in classic cherry flavor. Since it’s an oil rather than an extract, I only needed a very small amount (about 1/4 tsp) to give the frosting a nice, robust cherry taste. However, you could also use a cherry flavor extract (like this one by Watkins) but you’ll need more product, since an extract is less powerful than an oil.
Looking for more brownie recipes? Check out my take on dark chocolate mint brownies with peppermint buttercream frosting!
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It’s been incredibly hot in New York City for the past few days, with temperatures reaching into the mid-90s.
Summer in NYC is always something of a mixed blessing. On the upside, the days are long, the nights are filled with cocktails and outdoor dining and concerts in the park, and every day is ‘sundress and sandals’ weather. On the downside, the city is packed with tourists, there are smelly garbage piles on every corner, and a broken air conditioner can make a packed subway car even less pleasant than usual.
Sometimes, after a sweaty, steamy day in the city, you absolutely need to cheer up (and cool down) with a scoop or two of ice cream!
So, thanks to the steamy weather, I had the perfect excuse to whip up a batch of this favorite summertime treat. (Although really, is there ever a bad time to make homemade ice cream?) It wasn’t until after I’d concocted this recipe for peanut butter, chocolate and Oreo cookie ice cream that I discovered that today, July 23rd, is Peanut Butter and Chocolate Day. July also happens to be National Ice Cream Month, making it the perfect day to post this recipe!
A twist on classic cookies n’ cream, this ice cream starts with a creamy chocolate and peanut butter base, and is filled to the brim with chunks of Oreo cookies. Yum!