25 Days of Cookies: Sherry Bars

Sherry Bars: Think rich chocolate brownie meets sherry infused cream topped with decadent chocolate fondant. 

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Okay, I’m reaching with this next “cookie” recipe: Sherry Bars. It’s technically a bar, a brownie bite, but I was getting bored posting cookie recipes! And I love how bar recipes are so easy when it comes to feeding a crowd. Cakes can be a pain to assemble and decorate, cupcakes require liners, decorating and a special pan. But bars, you can cut them as large or as small you want and most of have a baking pan or a pyrex dish to bake in.

My mother gave me this recipe after she tried it at a Christmas party last year. My mom is a great recipe hunter for me and is always sending me stories about some special meal or dessert she ate at so-and-so’s house.

“You MUST make these Sherry Bars!” she told me.

And I did. I took them to my neighbor’s Christmas party last year. You only need one bite as these are real rich and filling. It’s three layers of flavors and texture. The bottom layer is a rich, dense brownie with walnut chunks and a hint of sherry. The center is a creamy walnut fondant spiked with MORE sherry. And it is topped with a chocolate fondant with a little bit of, what? Sherry?!!

Sherry Bars by FamilySpice.com

Yes, it’s a happy dessert that will make your guests happy, too! Definitely not a kid-friendly dessert. But that’s what the cookies are for!

Sherry Bars

Think rich chocolate brownie meets sherry infused cream topped with decadent chocolate fondant. These bite-sized morsels will make your whole party sing! Recipe adapted from Donna Ohlson

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cup butter, unsalted
  • 4 oz chocolate, dark, unsweetened
  • 2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp sherry
  • 4 eggs, large, lightly beaten
  • 4 cup powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1/2 cup half-and-half
  • 1/4 cup sherry
  • 6 oz chocolate chips, semi-sweet
  • 3 TBS sherry
  • 4 TBS butter, unsalted

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF. If using a glass dish, reduce heat to 325ºF.
  2. Grease a 10" x 14" baking pan and set aside.
  3. In a double boiler, melt on medium to medium-low heat:
    • 1 cup butter, unsalted
    • 4 oz chocolate, dark , unsweetened
  4. Cool slightly.
  5. Mix into the chocolate mixture:
    • 2 cup granulated sugar
    • 1/2 tsp salt
    • 1 cup all-purpose flour
    • 1 cup walnuts , chopped
    • 1 tsp vanilla extract
    • 1 tsp sherry
  6. Whisk in:
    • 4 eggs, large , lightly beaten
  7. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the brownie comes out clean.
  8. In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together with a hand blender until light and fluffy:
    • 1/2 cup butter, unsalted
  9. Gradually mix in:
    • 4 cup powdered sugar , sifted
    • 1/2 cup half-and-half
    • 1/4 cup sherry
  10. Mix in:
    • 1 cup walnuts , finely chopped
  11. Spread over the brownie base.
  12. Cover and chill.
  13. In a double boiler, melt on medium to medium-low heat whisking constantly:
    • 6 oz chocolate chips, semi-sweet
    • 3 TBS sherry
    • 4 TBS butter, unsalted
  14. When chocolate is completely melted, dribble on top of fondant layer.
  15. Cover and chill completely, approximately 2 hours.
  16. Cut into small squares and serve.

Notes:

Serving Suggestions: These bars are rich and full of flavor. One small bite is all you need!

Prep Time:

Yield: 48 bars

Cook Time:

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2 Responses to 25 Days of Cookies: Sherry Bars

  1. Rita at #

    I love making bars; so much easier than cookie; I usually make few different kinds and freeze them; these brownies are looking good!
    Rita

  2. Holy cow!!! Those things are monster bars. Oooo I'll take that really gooey one right in the center!

    Laura

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