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Posted on Wed, May 15, 2013 : 8 a.m.

Cherry coconut chocolate chip brownie cake - a dessert fit for a celebration

By Mary Bilyeu


Mary Bilyeu | Contributor

It's National Chocolate Chip Day!

Sure, you could enjoy some chocolate chip cookies — you can never, ever go wrong with them. Chocolate chip pancakes would make a lovely "breakfast for dinner," everyone's favorite. But since I had maraschino cherries on hand, as well as some leftover almond macaroons from Passover, it only made sense to make an extra special cake in honor of the occasion.

Rich, dense, moist, and delicious, this is a great celebration cake!

Cherry Coconut Chocolate Chip Brownie Cake

4 eggs
1-1/4 cups sugar
1/2 cup oil
1/4 cup butter, melted
1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract
1-1/4 cup unbleached flour
2/3 cup cocoa powder
1 teaspoon aluminum-free baking powder
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
3/4 cup mini chocolate chips
1/3 cup maraschino cherries, chopped
8 almond macaroons, chopped
ice cream or whipped cream, for serving

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9x9-inch baking pan.

In large mixing bowl, stir together eggs, sugar, oil, butter, and vanilla. Stir in flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt. Stir in chocolate chips, then spread batter into the prepared pan.

Top batter with cherries and macaroons; press in lightly.

Bake for 25-30 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out nearly clean. Let cool completely before cutting.

Makes 9 generous servings. Serve with ice cream or whipped cream.

Note: If you don't have any macaroons, sprinkle some coconut on top of the cake instead.

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bill s

Wed, May 15, 2013 : 1:48 p.m.

Geez Mary, these sound sinfully good!