Chocolate Sherry Bars: Think rich chocolate brownie meets sherry infused cream topped with decadent chocolate ganache.
This next recipe is another keeper that my mom shared with me. My parents have been active members of their neighborhood gourmet club. Every month they eat at someone’s house and everyone brings a dish from a set menu. The hosting couple prepares the main dish, while everyone else brings sides, appetizers and dessert. They have been doing this for 20+ years and my mom has accumulated a massive collection of recipes.
And these Chocolate Sherry Bars is one of those special recipes that she found, and of course, shared with me.
Okay, it is not a cookie, per say, but let’s forgo that minor issue with my cookie celebration. It’s technically a bar, a brownie bite, and it’s riche and decadent and perfect for a small bite of dessert at your next holiday party.
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. Super easy to feed a crowd a special dessert like this.
My mother gave me this recipe after she tried it at a Christmas party last year.
“You MUST make these Sherry Bars!” she told me.
And so I did. I took them to my neighbor’s Christmas party last year. These bars have three different 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 whipped cream filling spiked with MORE sherry and finely chopped walnuts. And it is topped with a chocolate fondant with a little bit of, what? Sherry?!!
Yes, it’s a happy dessert that will make your guests… well, happy, too! Definitely not a kid-friendly dessert. But that’s what the cookies are for, am I right?!
- 1 1/2 cup butter, unsalted, divided
- 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
- Preheat oven to 350ºF. If using a glass dish, reduce heat to 325ºF.
- Grease a 10" x 14" baking pan and set aside.
- In a double boiler, melt 1 cup butter and chocolate on medium to medium-low heat.
- Cool slightly then mix in sugar, salt, flour, walnuts, vanilla and 1 tsp sherry.
- Add eggs and whisk until completely combined.
- Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the brownie comes out clean.
- In a medium-sized bowl, whisk 1/2 cup butter with a hand blender until light and fluffy.
- Gradually mix in powdered sugar, half and half and 1/4 cup sherry.
- Mix in walnuts until just incorporated.
- Spread mixture over the brownie base. Cover and chill at least 30 minutes.
- In a double boiler, melt chocolate chips, 3 TBLS sherry and 4 TBLS butter on medium to medium-low heat whisking constantly.
- When chocolate is completely melted, dribble over top of the bars.
- Cover again and chill completely, approximately 2 hours.
- Cut into small squares and serve.
Serving Suggestions: These bars are rich and full of flavor. One small bite is all you need!
Serving Size:1 bar
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 210Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 35mgSodium: 49mgCarbohydrates: 24gFiber: 1gSugar: 21gProtein: 2g