I recently bought one of those 5lb cherry bags from the grocers. At the time it seemed like a good idea, I hadn’t had cherries yet all summer and these babies were booming with color and flavor (yes I’m the person who samples from the bag at the store). I understand how unsanitary this whole sampling business is but I am not going to buy a 1-3lb bag of fruit if the fruit does not taste first-rate. So I will take the chance of getting a 24hour GI bug. Did I mention I worked for Trader Joes for about 6 years on and off? If you ever want a great place to work, it’s there.
Back to the bars. I had too much fruit at my house. I also had mangos and oranges. I was overwhelmed with the choices and with the stifling heat I knew I didn’t have much time before they entered the spoiling stage. Oh I do hate to be wasteful. My only options were: I could freeze the suitable items, give some of the cherries away, go on a 48hr fruit diet or bake with the cherries!!!!! I searched the internet for some recipes. I wanted to bring whatever I made into my work for my coworkers to think highly of me. I’m still somewhat new there and I want to start out on the right foot ;-). I knew it had to be something that could be easily grabbed or scooped. I decided to go with blondies.
These bars were toothsomely generous with every bite. I got the recipe form Averiecooks.com I decided to substitute the chocolate chips for chocolate chunks. I wanted to a bit more chocolate/cherry ratio the the bigger bits of chocolate help with this. The bars turned out great, the coworkers loved them. I decided to save a few for my parents so I put them in the freezer. This was a bad idea, initially they were frozen and chewy and the chocolate chunks were hard which made it a fun bite and altered the flavor but soon they became a mushy bar.
I hope you enjoy them.