3/4 cup chopped maraschino cherries with 7 Tbsp. of the juice reserved, divided
2 oz. (1/4 of 8-oz. pkg.) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
1/2 cup powdered sugar
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Let's Make It
Heat oven to 350°F.
Line 13x9-inch pan with foil, with ends of foil extending over sides.
Microwave chocolate and butter in large microwaveable bowl on HIGH 2 min. or until butter is melted. Stir until chocolate is completely melted. Add granulated sugar; mix well. Blend in eggs and vanilla. Add flour and pudding mix; mix well. Stir in 1/2 cup cherries and 1/3 cup of the reserved cherry juice; spread into prepared pan.
Bake 30 to 35 min. or until wooden toothpick inserted in center comes out with fudgy crumbs. (Do not overbake.) Cool in pan on wire rack.
Mix cream cheese, powdered sugar and remaining cherry juice until blended. Drizzle over cooled dessert; top with remaining cherries. Use foil handles to remove dessert from pan before cutting into bars.
How to Store
Store in tightly covered container in refrigerator.
Baking in Glass Baking Dish
If a recipe calls for a metal pan and you substitute a glass baking dish, always reduce the oven temperature by 25ºF. This is necessary since the glass dish conducts and retains heat better than the metal pan.
How to Drizzle Frosting Easily
Place freezer-weight resealable plastic bag inside small bowl or measuring cup with top of bag extending over top of bowl. Fill bag with frosting; seal bag. Cut small hole in one of the bottom corners of bag. Squeeze frosting through hole onto bars.
Calories From Fat
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g
Saturated Fat 4g
Trans Fat 0g
Total Carbohydrates 21g
Dietary Fibers 1g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
* Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients used.