Chocolate Covered Cherry Fluff Bars

Chocolate Covered Cherry Fluff Bars #dessertchallenge #chocolatecherry

I have come to the conclusion that I like a challenge. I never thought of myself as an up-for-the-challenge type, but now that I think about it, I have taken on a few new things in the past 6 months that I would never have thought about doing in the past. Starting my blog was quite an endeavor, and I have been loving every single minute of it. Some other challenges I have taken on, learning more about photography, (a slow and tedious process for me), balancing my work life with my home life to some degree of success, and trying to refrain from cussing like a sailor, trucker and/or logger. Yes, I have a terrible mouth and even though I don’t share my colorful language in front of the kiddos, they are everywhere you don’t want them to be, hear what they are not supposed to hear and repeat everything at the most inappropriate times.

Lady Behind the Curtain Dessert Challenge


There is one challenge I accepted that I was glad to take on, the Behind the Curtain Dessert Challenge. The ingredients for the challenge are chocolate and cherries. I made these Chocolate Covered Cherry Fluff Bars. Don’t they just scream Valentine’s Day?

Chocolate Covered Cherry Fluff Bars #dessertchallenge #chocolatecherry

These Chocolate Covered Cherry Fluff Bars taste, as the name suggests, like a chocolate covered cherry. They are one of the best desserts I have made. The crust is so good. I didn’t have any chocolate cookies, but I found this recipe for Mock Chocolate Cookie Crust. It seriously tastes just like a cookie crust, but you don’t need any cookies. It is just as easy to whip up, too. What will they think of next? The filling is a mixture of marshmallows, cherry flavored Jell-O, Cool Whip and sweet dark cherries, yum.

Chocolate Covered Cherry Fluff Bars #dessertchallenge #chocolatecherry

These Bars came about from this recipe for Chocolate Cherry Fluff Pie. This pie immediately caught my eye, but I was certain it was not the dessert for me and continued my search for the perfect chocolate cherry combination. I even made a white chocolate cherry no-bake cheesecake that was supposed to be the recipe for this post, but that fluff pie just had a hold on me and it wasn’t letting go. So, I gave in and made the pie. I had to give it a tiny little makeover, so I turned the pie into bars and of course, added more chocolate. I also replaced the whipped cream with Cool Whip. I love whipped cream but Cool Whip is where it’s at. Who has time to whip cream? Not me. Besides, I grew up in Utah and where there is Jell-O, there is Cool Whip. That is the rule, and I don’t break the rules, much.

Chocolate Covered Cherry Fluff Bars #dessertchallenge #chocolatecherry



Chocolate Cherry Fluff Bars

Recipe Type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Author: Erin Penor
Prep time:
Cook time:
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  • Crust
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • Filling
  • 25 large marshmallows
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • 3 ounce package cherry flavored Jell-O
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 15 ounce container Cool Whip
  • 1 cup frozen dark sweet cherries, drained and chopped
For the crust:
  1. Preheat the oven to 325.
  2. Sift all the dry ingredients into a bowl.
  3. Add the melted butter and stir until well combined.
  4. Press the mixture into the bottom of an 8-inch by 11-inch glass baking dish.
  5. Bake for 10 minutes.
  6. Remove from the oven and sprinkle the semi-sweet chocolate chips evenly over the crust and let sit for 1 minute.
  7. Spread the melted chips over the crust.
  8. Place the crust in the fridge to cool.
To make the filling:
  1. Heat the marshmallows, milk and white chocolate chips in a sauce pan over medium heat, whisking until the marshmallows have melted.
  2. Remove the pan from the heat and add the vanilla and almond extracts, salt and Jell-O and mix until the Jell-O has completely dissolved. Pour the mixture into a large bowl and set aside to cool.
  3. While the Jell-O mixture is cooling, drain and chop the cherries.
  4. Fold the Cool Whip and the cherries into the cooled Jell-O mixture and pour on top of the crust.
  5. Place in the fridge until the Jell-O has set and firmed.
  6. Cut into squares and serve with Cool Whip, mini chocolate chips and a cherry on top.

Shared with: Lady Behind the Curtain, Kreative Creations, Katherine’s Corner, My Turn for Us, Dear Creatives

Do yourself a favor and make these bars, you won’t regret it. And don’t forget to check out the other fantastic desserts!


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Comments: 18

  1. stacey February 14, 2013 at 12:33 PM Reply

    YUM! This looks for good. Thank you for linking this up at Crafty Thursday Obsessions. Hope to see you next week!!! <3

    • Erin Penor February 14, 2013 at 4:18 PM Reply

      It is pretty delicious! Thanks for hosting :)

  2. Katherines Corner February 18, 2013 at 6:06 AM Reply

    Erin cherry fluff!!!! Yea! Sorry I’m late getting here…thank you for adding your wonderful blog to the Thursday Favorite Things hop. xo
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    • Erin Penor February 21, 2013 at 7:58 AM Reply

      Love Thursday Favorite Things. It is one of my favorite hops, you always have such wonderful people there :)

  3. Kendra February 19, 2013 at 5:56 PM Reply

    Erin, your chocolate covered cherry fluff bars look so delicious! I can’t wait to make them. Thank you for sharing at Crafty Thursday Obsessions!
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    • Erin Penor February 21, 2013 at 7:53 AM Reply

      Thanks Kendra! They were pretty yummy, and I ate way too many of them :)

  4. Diane February 21, 2013 at 7:07 AM Reply

    Hi lovely lady.
    This is my first time on your lovely blog. Im your newest follower on your blog now.
    I love all your Chocolate covered Cherry so yummy.
    hope you will come join my Tablescapes.

  5. DeDe@DesignedDecor February 21, 2013 at 4:53 PM Reply

    This looks so good! Marshmallows, who would of thought! I will be saving this a making it so time soon!
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    • Erin Penor February 22, 2013 at 6:39 AM Reply

      I am afraid to make this again since I ate so much of it! Hope you get to try it for yourself. Thanks for dropping by :)

  6. Lisa Lynn February 24, 2013 at 8:16 AM Reply

    yum! Found your post on Thursday Favorite Things! I would love to have you share this on The Creative HomeAcre Hop today :)
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    • Erin Penor February 25, 2013 at 9:53 AM Reply

      Thanks for the invite Lisa! I will stop by:)

  7. Jackie Kocurek February 24, 2013 at 2:07 PM Reply

    Cute blog! I found you on My Turn For Us weekend blog hop. I am starting a blog party at: I hope you will join me!

    • Erin Penor February 25, 2013 at 9:33 AM Reply

      Thanks for stopping by Jackie! I will stop by your party, sounds fun:)

  8. Theresa @DearCreatives February 28, 2013 at 9:14 AM Reply

    I have never tried to make these & your recipe looks yummy! Thanks for sharing & linking up @ Hope your having a great week!
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  9. Theresa @DearCreatives March 1, 2013 at 8:58 PM Reply

    I wanted to let you know that you were featured on my site today! Sorry I didn’t get an email out, my daughter had a short day. Pop by & grab your featured button! @ the bottom of this post.
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    • Erin Penor March 4, 2013 at 9:00 AM Reply

      Wow, that’s great! Thanks Theresa:)

  10. Rachel Page June 22, 2015 at 8:01 PM Reply

    Love, love, love this!! My mom has made this forever and we call it “Pink Stuff”.

    • Erin Penor June 25, 2015 at 9:49 AM Reply

      Thanks so much! Pink Stuff pretty much sums it up. I should have used that for my title:) I love it when I find something that holds good memories. Have a great week!

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