In honor of Valentine's Day and President's Day both falling on the same weekend, I felt like celebrating with a chocolate cherry dessert. These luscious brownies from Lucky Leaf are an easy way to combine both flavors and bake up very nicely in your 12 inch dutch oven. I would suggest having both layers mixed and ready to go before lighting your coals, that way you can assemble the brownies while they are heating. Also, having your butter and cream cheese at room temperature will insure a creamy consistency without any lumps in the batter.
Keeping in mind it was 20 degrees outside when I baked these, I placed 12 coals in a ring around the bottom of the oven, 18 around the outside of the lid with 8 briquettes placed evenly the center. I left them undisturbed and in exactly one hour the cream cheese layer was golden brown and they had baked perfectly through in the center. Be sure to let them cool completely before lifting them out with the parchment paper or if you can't wait, cut them while they're still warm directly from your oven.
Cherry Bliss Brownies
1 19 oz box brownie mix (9" by 13" size)
1/2 cup vegetable oil
3 eggs, lightly beaten
1/4 cup water
Cream cheese layer
1 8 oz package cream cheese, softened
5 Tblsp butter, softened
1/3 cup sugar
2 eggs, lightly beaten
2 Tblsp flour
3/4 tsp vanilla
1 21 oz can cherry pie filling
Lightly oil or spray 12 inch dutch oven; line with parchment paper.
In large bowl prepare brownie mix according to package directions using oil, eggs and water measurements from this recipe.
Spread batter in prepared dutch oven; set aside.
Beat cream cheese and butter in large bowl until fluffy.
Beat in additional 2 eggs, flour and vanilla.
Drop spoonfuls of the cream cheese mixture over brownie batter.
Using a knife, gently cut through the batters to create a marble pattern.
Spoon pie filling over top until completely covered.
Bake at 350 degrees for 50 to 60 minutes or until tester comes out clean.
Cool completely before lifting from dutch oven and cutting into squares.
|Spoon cherry pie filling over layers of cream cheese and
tester comes out clean