When my 24-year-old son was small I used to make these for him and his friends. They absolutely flew off the table in a matter of seconds- Needless to say I was a hit with his friends. These days I don’t make them as often. Usually for Special Occasions such as the Holidays or when I am missing my Favorite Child in the world.
Today I was missing Kory very much…My son is my mini me. Another wonderful Marine who is deployed out in the Ocean till September… So with a few teary eyes I decided to make something I knew he would enjoy… Fudge and Caramel Brownies with Cherries & Cashews. They say Chocolate cures the Blues…So let’s find out.
Fudge and Caramel Brownies with Maraschino Cherries
- 2 sticks Butter
- 1/2 cup chopped salted Cashew nuts (divided by 2)
- 1/2 cups Plus 2 Tablespoons Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
- 4 cups Sugar
- 6 whole Eggs
- 1 tablespoon Pure Vanilla Extract
- 2 cups All-purpose Flour
- 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon table salt
- 16 original size Rolos Candies
- 16 perfect maraschino cherries with stems
- Non Stick Cooking Spray
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Melt the butter with the unsweetened chocolate over very low heat, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat. Whisk to combine ingredients- Add the cocoa, sugar, eggs, vanilla , salt , All- Purpose flour and Self Rising flour. Once you are done incorporating the ingredients stir in 1/4 cup chopped cashew nuts.
Prepare a 9 x 11 glass baking dish or metal baking pan by spraying with a non-stick cooking spray . Pour the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the surface with a rubber spatula. You will need to eye your measurements or use a ruler without touching batter, if needed for 16 brownies . Place 1 Rolo Candy in the center of uncooked brownie and insert till about 3/4 of the way in batter. Sprinkle the remaining 1/4 of chopped salted Cashews evenly over uncooked brownies. Place on Maraschino Cherry on top of each Rolos Candy. (Do not remove stems)
Bake in preheated oven of 350 degrees for about 35 minutes (until the edge is set but the center is still a bit soft and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out coated with a little of the batter.)
Cool at room temperature in the pan for about an hour then refrigerate about 1 hour. Cut the brownies into 16 squares .
If you are having an issue with your Maraschino Cherry staying on top of Rolos Candy dip it in a bit of the batter left on sides of bowl it will help adhere it to the Rolos.