Dark Chocolate Cherry Brownie Parfaits and a la Mode


I have two very quick and easy recipes for you today that would be perfect last minute desserts for your 4th of July celebration, but they would also be wonderful at anytime of the year.  Nestle has some new Cherry Raisinets and they sent me some to sample.  They are delish.  I mean how can you loose with something that is covered in chocolate?  Plus cherries and chocolate go so well with each other.

Cherry Raisinets contain whole dried cherries and provide a win-win option with ½ a serving of real fruit in every ¼ cup.  They are a yummy snack, but are also a fabulous addition to recipes too.  I have two recipes for you today.  Both start with the same brownie base.  You take you favorite brownie mix and add some cherry raisinets for a fun twist.  Then you can use the brownies and layers to a parfait or serve them up a la mode with a scoop of  black cherry and vanilla frozen yogurt.  Recipes and photos for today have been provided by www.meals.com with permission.

Also, be sure to stop by the Duncan Hines Red Carpet Cupcake Challenge to vote for my cupcake. I entered a variation of my Pineapple Cupcakes.

Dark Chocolate Cherry Brownie Parfaits

24 paper cupcake liners
nonstick cooking spray
1 box ( 18.3 to 20 ounces) chocolate brownie mix
2 packages (4 ounces each) Cherry NESTLÉ RAISINETS Dark Chocolate-Covered Dried Cherries, divided
1 container (8 ounces) frozen fat free whipped topping, thawed
1 box (2.1 ounces) instant sugar free, fat free chocolate fudge pudding and pie filling mix, prepared according to package directions

Preheat oven to 350° F. Place liners in muffin cups.

Prepare brownie mix batter according to box directions; stir in 1 package Dark Chocolate Cherry Raisinets after all ingredients are combined. Fill prepared muffin cups 1/2 full with batter.

Bake for 15 to 18 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out slightly sticky. Cool completely in pan on wire rack.

Cut brownies in half. Place one brownie half in each of 24 parfait cups. Spoon 2 tablespoons whipped topping over each brownie half. Spoon 2 tablespoons pudding over whipped topping; top with remaining brownie half. Top with 1 tablespoon whipped topping. Sprinkle parfaits with remaining package of Dark Chocolate Cherry Raisinets.

Dark Chocolate Cherry Brownies a la Mode

24 paper cupcake liners
nonstick cooking spray
1 box (18.3 to 20 ounces) chocolate brownie mix
1 package (4 ounces) Cherry NESTLÉ RAISINETS Dark Chocolate-Covered Dried Cherries
6 cups Black Cherry Vanilla Swirl DREYER’S or EDY’S Yogurt Blends Cultured Frozen Dairy Dessert

Preheat oven to 350° F. Place liners in muffin cups.

Prepare brownie mix batter according to box directions; stir in Dark Chocolate Cherry Raisinets after all ingredients are combined. Fill prepared muffin cups 1/2 full with batter.

Bake for 15 to 18 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out slightly sticky. Cool completely in pan on wire rack.

Top each brownie with 1 scoop (about ¼ cup) Yogurt Blends. Makes 24.

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