Jefferson County Recipe of the Day: Banana-Split Brownies

Try this banana split treat in a bar!

Banana-Split Brownies


8 oz. unsweetened chocolate, chopped
3/4 cup butter, cubed
3 large eggs
2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 cup maraschino cherries, chopped


1 – 8 oz. package cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup mashed ripe banana
1/3 cup strawberry preserves
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1/4 cup chopped salted peanuts


~Preheat oven to 350°.

~In a microwave, melt chocolate and butter; stir until smooth.

~In a large bowl, beat eggs and sugar on high speed 10 minutes. Stir in vanilla and chocolate mixture. Gradually stir in flour. Fold in cherries. Spread into a greased 13×9-in. baking pan.

~For topping, in a small bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth. Beat in mashed banana and preserves. Add egg; beat on low speed just until blended. Spread over brownie batter; sprinkle with peanuts.

~Bake 40 to 45 minutes (or until topping is set and a toothpick inserted in brownie portion comes out mostly clean). Cool completely on a wire rack.

~Cut into bars.

~Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

~Makes two dozen.

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