Fresh Cherry Chocolate Chunk Blondies

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CHERRY SEASON YESSS!! I’ve been scooping up cherries every chance I get and it is glorious. I’m on the road a lot and my car is littered with cherry stems and I’m not sorry about it. While my cherry intake is pretty ferocious I typically can’t finish a whole bag solo. These blondies are the perfect way to use up extra ripe or leftover cherries (or whatever fruit you have lying around). This is the most simple recipe, just a handful of ingredients you probably have at home…. you don’t even need baking soda/powder. You don’t even need to have room temp butter. You could probably make these right now. Plus they’re loaded with chocolate… need I say more.

 Inspired by AverieCooks

You’ll need:

0.5 cup unsalted butter, melted (1 stick)

1 cup light brown sugar, packed

1 large egg

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 cup all-purpose flour

0.25 teaspoon salt

1 cup chopped dark chocolate (you can use any chocolate you want, you could also use chocolate chips)

1 cup cherries (this is not a lot… took a few minutes to chop/pit… I left mine in big chunks… you could use a cherry pitter or buy frozen cherries that are already pitted)

To make:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8X8 inch pan with aluminum foil, spray with cooking spray and set aside.

Mix melted butter with brown sugar. Add the egg and vanilla. Stir to combine. Add the flour and salt. Stir until just combined. Fold in the chocolate and cherries. Pour into pan and smooth. Bake for 32 minutes or until they seem ready. These are VERY gooey with all the fruit and chocolate so a toothpick might not come out clean when inserted. Allow the bars to cool for a least an hour.

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