Chocolate Cherry Layer Bars

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  • 1 (18.25 ounce) box dark chocolate cake mix
  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 1 egg


  • 1 envelope unflavored gelatine
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • 1 can ready-to-spread vanilla frosting
  • 1/2 cup chopped maraschino cherries, well drained


  • 1/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons butter


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9 x 13-inch pan.
  2. Combine all base ingredients at low speed until crumbly. Press into bottom of prepared pan.
  3. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until set.
  4. In a small saucepan, combine gelatine and water, let stand 1 minute. Warm over low heat until gelatine dissolves.
  5. In a small bowl, combine dissolved gelatine, frosting and cherries at low speed until well blended. Spread evenly over cooked base.
  6. In a small saucepan, over low heat, melt chocolate chips and butter, stirring constantly until well blended. Drizzle over filling.
  7. Refrigerate until firm; cut into bars.
  8. Store in the refrigerator.

Yield: 48 bars