Great American Brownie Pie


* 1/2 cup butter, softened

* 3/4 cup sugar

* 2 eggs

* 2 tablespoons corn syrup

* 1-1/2 teaspoons almond extract

* 2/3 cup all-purpose flour

* 1/3 cup baking cocoa

* 1/4 teaspoon baking powder

* 1/3 cup chopped maraschino cherries

* 1/3 cup coarsely chopped almonds

* 1 cup white baking chips

* Whipped topping and maraschino cherries with stems, optional


* In a small bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add the eggs, corn syrup and extract; mix well. Combine the flour, cocoa and baking powder. Add to creamed mixture and mix well. Drain chopped cherries on paper towels. Fold the cherries, almonds and chips into batter.

* Transfer to a greased and floured 9-in. pie plate. Bake at 325° for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack. Garnish with whipped topping and cherries if desired. Yield: 8 servings.