They're called Chocolate Cherry Crumb Bars but I'd prefer to call them "Chewy Chocolate Cherry Chunks", because that has a ring to it! Regardless, very yummy. So yummy in fact that my friend could not stop eating them once she had one bite. They basically taste like rich chocolate shortbread, stuffed with cherry goodness.
To start, preheat oven to 325 and coat a 9-inch square baking pan with cooking spray. Line with parchment paper and cover that with cooking spray as well. It makes it a lot easier to get the bars out of the pan once they are baked and cooled :)
- 1 1/4 cups dried cherries, chopped
- 2 1/2 sticks of unsalted butter
- 1 cup of sugar
- 2/3 cup water
- 1/2 cup baker's cocoa
- 1 tsp coarse salt
- 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
- 1 cup unsweetened, shredded, coconut
- 2 cups (+ 7 1/2 tsp) all-purpose flour
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate
- Bring cherries, 2 tbs butter, water, and 1/4 cup sugar to a simmer in a pan on low heat. Stir and simmer until liquid has been absorbed.
- Remove cherries from heat and mix with 1/4 cup sugar. Let cool on the side.
- Whisk together cocoa powder, salt, brown sugar, coconut, and 2 cups of flour in a bowl.
- Blend in remaining 2 1/4 sticks butter with a pastry blender, or your fingertips, until mixture is mixed and coarse.
- Press 3 cups of the mixture into the prepared pan and bake for 20 minutes.
- Put egg, remaining 1/2 cup granulated sugar in a bowl and mix with an electric mixer.
- Fold in cherry mixture and 7 1/2 tsp of flour.
- Stir in chocolate.
- Spread the mixture over the bottom crust, which you have by now have taken out of the oven.
- Sprinkle with remaining cocoa dough mixture.
- Bake for 5o minutes and when it is done lift it out of the pan using the parchment paper