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.
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?
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.
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 Cherry Fluff Bars
- 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
- 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
- Preheat the oven to 325.
- Sift all the dry ingredients into a bowl.
- Add the melted butter and stir until well combined.
- Press the mixture into the bottom of an 8-inch by 11-inch glass baking dish.
- Bake for 10 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and sprinkle the semi-sweet chocolate chips evenly over the crust and let sit for 1 minute.
- Spread the melted chips over the crust.
- Place the crust in the fridge to cool.
- Heat the marshmallows, milk and white chocolate chips in a sauce pan over medium heat, whisking until the marshmallows have melted.
- 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.
- While the Jell-O mixture is cooling, drain and chop the cherries.
- Fold the Cool Whip and the cherries into the cooled Jell-O mixture and pour on top of the crust.
- Place in the fridge until the Jell-O has set and firmed.
- Cut into squares and serve with Cool Whip, mini chocolate chips and a cherry on top.
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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