Sep 7, 2013

Dark Chocolate Cherry Pecan Brownies



Here's an indulgent brownie for the dark chocolate fans. 
Rich with two different kinds of chocolate, cream cheese, cherries, and nuts, 
this little brownie brings big flavor.



Dark Chocolate Cherry Pecan Brownies

1 and 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons dark baking cocoa
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1 (3 oz.) pkg cream cheese, softened
1 and 1/2 cups sugar
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped pecans
1/2 cup dried cherries

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Spray a 13 X 9 pan with cooking spray.
2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa, salt, and baking powder until well-combined. Set aside.
3. In a large bowl, beat together the butter, cream cheese and sugar on medium high until smooth and creamy, about 2 minutes. Beat in eggs and vanilla until combined.
4. On low, gradually beat flour mixture into butter mixture; beat 2 minutes. Fold in chocolate chips, nuts, and cherries. Spoon batter into pan, spreading evenly.
5. Bake for about 30 minutes, or until edges are somewhat firm and set, and the middle still seems a little soft (do not wait until brownies are pulling away from the sides of the pan, a popular "how to tell when brownies are done" indicator). Do not over-bake, or brownies will be dry.
6. Cool in pan on wire rack. Let cool completely before cutting. Store leftovers tightly covered, refrigerate if desired. If you can wait, these brownies are better the next day.





Adapted from brownies at Family Circle.

Dark Chocolate Cherry Pecan Brownies were shared at these fun parties!


109 comments:

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    1. Thank you, and thanks for coming by! :)

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  2. I want some of these! Yummy - pinning these. I may need to pick up some cherries at the store :)

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    1. Thank you for pinning, Jamie! Dark chocolate isn't *everyone's* cup of tea, but I love it. :)

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  3. Hi Joy, I LOVE brownies and the look so yummy! Enjoy the rest of the weekend.
    Julie

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    1. Thank you, Julie! You are so nice to come by- thank you. Hope you're enjoying your Sunday! :)

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  4. This sounds so tasty! Brownies are so wonderful, and adding the cherries is such a great idea.
    Heidi’s Wanderings

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    1. Thank you, Heidi. I am definitely a brownie fan, and these are really great for a little change of pace. Thank you so much for coming by- I appreciate the visit! :)

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  5. Joy ~ These sound absolutely decadent! I love cherries, but don't like using canned pie filling in desserts. I love that you used dried cherries! These will be such a treat!

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    1. Thank you, Kris! Using the dried cherries really turned out well, so I was glad I tried them. Thanks for coming by!

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    1. Thank you, Diana, and thanks for coming by! :)

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  7. Oh my gosh! These look to die for! I'm definatly going to have to try them out! And I agree...the best recipe's start with "This is my grandma's recipe..." :)

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    1. Christy, I am so glad to have met another Texas gal- I look forward to visiting often! :) Thank you for coming by!

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  8. That looks absolutely amazing Joy! Chocolate and cherries, sign me up please! :) Enjoy your Sunday.

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    1. Anne, I love the chocolate/cherry combo, too! :) Thank you, and thanks for stopping by!

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  9. Stopping by from the Sweet Tea Social. I pinned this for later but had to turn away. Starting a diet tomorrow with the hubby and this is definitely NOT on the ok list. (but I have it on my wish list)

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    1. Mary, thank you for pinning! Best of luck to you and your husband! :)

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  10. Great recipe, Joy! Thanks for sharing at Marvelous Mondays! Pinned and shared on FB, G+ and Twitter!

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    1. Thank you so much, Julie, and thanks for hosting such a great party! :)

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  11. Hi! Joy, Visiting again from See Ya in the Gumbo. These brownies look so good! I can almost taste them now. Can't wait to bake a pan. Have a great week!

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    1. Denise, thanks for coming over from See Ya In The Gumbo and leaving a comment- I appreciate the visit! If you make the brownies, I hope you enjoy them. :)

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  12. Dark chocolate, cherries and pecans? This is going right to the top of the to do list! Yum!

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    1. If you try them, I hope you like them as much as we do! Thank you for coming by! :)

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  13. Oh my gosh, Joy. I love dark chocolate. My son loves cherries. Seems like I must make these, huh?!
    Thanks for linking!

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    1. Lol, you just can't argue with logic like that! Michelle, thank you for coming by, and for hosting See Ya In The Gumbo! :)

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  14. Hi Joy~ My biggest weakness is Brownies and your brownies are packed full of all of my favorites! Lynn @ Turnips 2 Tangerines Thanks for stopping by The Great Blog Train~

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    1. Thank you so much, Lynn, and thanks for hosting the Great Blog Train! :)

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  15. Oh goodness Joy! These brownies looks so good, I want to reach out and try one! Thanks for sharing at Simple Supper Tuesday.

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    1. Cindy, I would love to share them with you! You are always so nice- thank you, and thanks for hosting Simple Supper Tuesday! :)

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  16. OOPS big mistake to visit right now lol...too hot to bake and now I want something chocolate!

    WOW do these ever look WONDERFUL :)

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    1. Deb, that just shows that you are way smarter than I am. I baked these last week when the high was 106. Or maybe that was just in my kitchen, lol. I'm so glad you came by- thanks! :)

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  17. MMMM those look amazing! I need to find a recipe for this but gluten free:)

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    1. Thank you! Alyson, gluten-free products are getting easier to find, aren't they? Is gluten-free flour interchangeable with regular wheat flour? You'll have to educate me on this. :) Thank you so much for coming by!

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  18. Hi , Joy just stopped by from the Tuesday blog hop and I am following you now.
    http://thisolemom.blogspot.com

    those Brownies look amazing!!

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    1. Hi, Kim! Thank you, and thanks so much for coming by! I am following you right back. :) It's great to meet you!

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  19. I hope you see those letters right on front of that brownie. C H A Y A. IT's mine. Looks yummy and I thank you so much for sharing such a great treat with us.

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    1. Chaya, I laughed out loud- you are so funny! OK, I'll save it for you! :) Thank you for hosting My Meatless Mondays!

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  20. What delicious looking brownies Joy!!! I love dark chocolate! :)

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    1. Thank you, Lisa, I guess dark chocolate may be my favorite! Thanks for coming by- I do appreciate the visit! :)

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  21. Joy, these brownies look like a chocolate lovers dream come true!! :) Thank you so much for sharing this recipe with us and pinning! Hope you are having a fabulous week! xoxo

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    1. You ladies run an awesome party, Cindy! Thank you for coming by, and for pinning! :)

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  22. sounds delicious! I love chocolate and cherries- thanks for linking to wake up wednesdays

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    1. Heather, I am really enjoying Wake Up Wednesdays- thank you for hosting! :)

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  23. Wow! Those look so amazing! Thanks for sharing them!
    Tina from mommynificent.com

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    1. Hi, Tina, thanks!! And thank you for visiting! :)

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  24. These look amazing! Can't wait to bake them!

    Cathi~ The Bookish Baker
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    1. Thank you Cathi, and thanks for hosting Treat Tuesday and Wonderful Wednesday! :)

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  25. Oh my....let the Chocolate Party begin...he he!!

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    1. Hahaha! These are kind of a party, Kay! :)

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  26. Hi Joy. Thank you for linking up these amazing Dark Chocolate Cherry Pecan Brownies to my party! They look so good, I just had to pin them to my "Recipes from Others" board: http://pinterest.com/mysweetmission/recipes-from-others/

    Hugs,
    Heather

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    1. Oh, Heather, thank you so much, and thanks for pinning!! I am so glad you are hosting Sweet Wednesday! :)

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    2. You're welcome! Your amazing brownies will be one of my Top 5 Features from last week's SWLP (posting the Top 5 Features later today), so make sure to stop by and grab a featured button! :)

      Thanks again,
      Heather

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  27. Oh my goodness, these brownies look amazing! Thank you so much for the recipe. I'm gonna have to wait until it gets cooler here though, too hot for baking! Pinning!

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    1. Thank you, Ritchil, and thanks so much for pinning! I am so glad you came by- hope you have a great week, and that it cools off soon! :)

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    1. Thanks, Vanessa, we really liked them! Thank you for coming by! :)

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  29. Chocolate and Cherries - love this combination! They look and sound amazing.
    Thanks for the inspiration,
    Suzanne
    Pieced Pastimes

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    1. Suzanne, thank you so much, and thanks for the visit! I enjoyed my visit to your blog....and found your fun party! :)

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  30. Your brownies look SO good!!!!! They look so moist and delicious!!!!!

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    1. Maria, thank you so much- we did enjoy these! :) Thank you for visiting!

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  31. you only have to say chocolate and cherry in the same sentence once and I'm all over it! This looks delish! Thanks for sharing at Wednesday Whatsits!

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    1. Rachel, I love the chocolate-cherry combination, too! Thank you for coming by, and for hosting Wednesday Whatsits! :)

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  32. Oh my goodness! These look delicious. I am picking these for my Foodie Friends Friday host favorite this week, so they will be featured on Daily Dish Magazine Monday. I don't usually pick this early, but I know these are going to stay on my mind. Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday!

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    1. Michelle, I am so excited and happy that you liked my brownies- thank you!! This just makes my whole week. Thank you for letting me know- looking forward to something is half the fun! :)

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  33. They look amazing Joy! Thank you for joining our Chocolate Party on Foodie Friends Friday! Hope to see you next week.

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    1. Thank you, Lois! Nothing's better than a chocolate party- thanks! :)

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  34. Hi Joy,
    I just love the cherries and pecans in your awesome brownies. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a great weekend!
    Come Back Soon,
    Miz Helen

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    1. Thank you, Miz Helen! I do love a chocolate/cherry combo, and everything's better with a few Texas pecans in them! ;) Thanks for coming by and for hosting Full Plate Thursday!

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  35. I wanted to invite you to the Friday Flash Blog Party, the best linky in town! I hope you'll join us and link up. Who knows. You may just get highlighted!

    The party goes on ALL weekend.

    Jennifer @ The Jenny Evolution
    www.thejennyevolution.com

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    1. Thank you for coming by and for the invitation, Jennifer! :)

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    1. Evelyn, you are always so much fun- thanks for enjoying my brownies so much, lol! You know what'e even better about these brownies? They're made with my mama's very own hand-shelled-with-love pecans that she grew on Texas land. :)

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  37. These brownies look divine! What a great combo Joy! Love them :) Thank you so much for sharing at Share Your Stuff Tuesdays...have a good weekend!

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    1. Thank you, Erin, and thank you for hosting Share Your Stuff Tuesdays! :)

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  38. Oh gosh, I'm drooling! Hubby doesn't like chocolate unless it's in brownie form. He's gonna get a nice surprise pretty soon lol Pinning it now :-)

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    1. Ashley, thank you for coming by, and thanks a bunch for pinning! If you try the brownies, I hope you and your hubby like them as much as we do! :)

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  39. Those brownies look very delicious, very dangerous. I feel already the need to have one coming up ...

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    1. Christian, I'm afraid you are right- they are delicious and dangerous. :) Thank you so much for coming by! I appreciate the visit. :)

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  40. These look absolutely amazing. I a pinning the recipe and I will be trying it our soon. My hubby is crazy about cheriies and I am crazy about chocolate.so that would be winner at our house!

    Thank you for sharing!
    Maria
    www.musicteachingandparenting.com

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    1. Hi, Maria! Chocolate and cherries are one of my favorite combos- if you try them I hope you like them! Thank you for coming by, and for pinning! :)

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  41. Cherries and pecans... wonderful things to mix with chocolate. Thanks for sharing your brownies with us on foodie friday.

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    1. Thank you, Diane, and thanks so much for hosting! :)

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  42. I wanted to invite you to the Friday Flash Blog Party, the best linky in town! I hope you'll join us and link up. Who knows. You may just get highlighted!

    The party goes on ALL weekend.

    Jennifer @ The Jenny Evolution
    www.thejennyevolution.com

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  43. Thanks for stopping by our Pinterest Party! I pinned to quite a fun Sweet Desserts Board! ;D Happy weekend to you!

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    1. Thank you, and thanks for pinning!! I always enjoy your Pinterest Party! :)

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  44. I've just seen these brownies being featured by Michelle - See Ya In The Gumbo, and had to come over and check them
    They look SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO GOOD !!!

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    1. Winnie, thank you so very much! You always have such gorgeous desserts- I appreciate your comment! Thanks for coming by!! :)

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  45. Oh, my!! You had me at 'dark chocolate'!! ;-) Thank you for sharing this scrumptious treat at Tuesdays with a Twist! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

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    1. Thank you, Marci, and thank you for hosting! :)

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  46. Dear Joy, these brownies sound fantastic...what a fabulous twist. I would love to have one right this very moment! Please stop by, I'm hosting a fun giveaway! Today's the last day to enter. Blessings, Catherine xo

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    1. Catherine, thank you so much, and thanks for stopping by. I will check out your giveaway- thanks for the invitation! :)

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  47. You had me at dark chocolate! Looks great Joy! Thanks for sharing at Sweet & Savory Saturdays #30.

    ~Amber @ DessertNowDinnerLater.com

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    1. Thank you so much, Amber, and thanks for hosting Sweet and Savory Saturdays! :)

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  48. Oh my goodness! I can't wait to try these with my family! Thanks for linking up with "Try a New Recipe Tuesday!" I hope you will be able to join us again this week. http://our4kiddos.blogspot.com/2013/09/try-new-recipe-tuesday-september-17.html

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    1. Lisa, thank you so much- if you try them, I hope you love them as much as we do. :) Thanks for coming by, and for hosting Try a New Recipe Tuesday!

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  49. Oh I'm dying here looking at these! I wonder if my husband could overlook the cherries with the pecans in it...I know I could ignore the pecans because of the cherries, lol.
    Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friday

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    1. Ha! You both may have to suffer a little for chocolate! ;) Thanks for coming by and for hosting Foodie Friday! :)

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  50. A little slice of heaven! Thanks for sharing at my party! I've been taking classes all week sorry it took me a bit to get here. Can't wait to try the recipe! Theresa @DearCreatives

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    1. Thanks, Theresa, and thanks for hosting Inspiration Spotlight! Hope your classes are going well! :)

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  51. Oh, these look amazingly delicious! YUMMY!! Thank you so much for sharing at a Bouquet of Talent this week. :)

    Have a fabulous weekend.
    Hugs
    Kathy

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    1. Thank you so much, Kathy, and thanks for hosting A Bouquet of Talent! :)

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  52. Stopping back by to let you know that your yummy brownies are featured today at Pick of the Bunch!! Thanks again for sharing with us!!
    XO
    Kathy

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    1. Oh, Kathy, thanks so much! That means a lot to me- your features are always so beautiful, I am thrilled to be included! Thank you!

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  53. I love chocolate and cherry together, so these sound so good! Thanks for the recipe!

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    1. Thanks, Andi- it's a favorite combo of mine, too! Thank you for visiting! :)

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  54. Oh my word! These look amazing...What a perfect combination!

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    1. Thank you, Lynn! I really like the dark chocolate and cherries combo for Valentine's :)

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