Jeweled Holiday Brownies

8 ounces unsweetened chocolate
1-1/2 cups butter
6 large eggs
3 cups granulated sugar
1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 cup chopped walnuts
1-1/2 cups halved red and green candied cherries, divided

Preheat oven to 350F. Melt chocolate and butter over hot water or in microwave on medium 4 minutes; remove and stir well. Let cool. Beat the eggs until lemon colored. Gradually add sugar, beating until thick, about 3 minutes. Stir in chocolate. Fold in flour, vanilla, nuts, and 1 cup of the candied cherries. Pour into two greased and floured 8" square pans. Arrange remaining cherries on top. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes. Do not overbake; they should be very moist in the center. When cool, cut into 2" squares.

Servings: 32

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