Ah yes. Chocolate Cherry Brownies. Without a doubt the best thing that ever happened to regular, plain ole chocolate brownies.
Think gooey, moist, rich chocolate brownies loaded with juicy cherries that are slightly tart, slightly sweet, bringing about a nice texture and flavor to each bite.
Perfect for everyday consumption. For when you want a little twist to good old brownie.
And even more perfect for the holiday season! ❤️💚
The Best Chocolate Cherry Brownie
I like to make all kinds of excuses to consume all my favorite desserts in the month of December. There’s my other holiday brownie favorite, Mint Chocolate Brownies with Andes Mint, and these delicious White Chocolate Peppermint Cookies, which are often in our holiday baking to-do list.
And recently these Chocolate Cherry Brownies have been especially close to my heart.
Something about the rich fudge-y brownie along with cherries make it so festive and fun.
I’ll have one, and then another, and then another…
It’s addictive, and yes, sometimes it can be a problem.
But hey, it’s Christmas and sweets are totally allowed during this season. Especially Christmas in 2020 where everything seems weird and unusual.
It should be a rule. Chocolate Cherry Brownies are an absolute necessity in Christmas 2020.
In all seriousness, these brownies are simply awesome, and the very best kind of brownies. And here’s why:
- One-bowl prep! Who doesn’t love a batter that you can make all in one bowl?
- It is rich, fudge-y and so moist. I’ve said this multiple times, but it’s worth mentioning how irresistibly decadent this brownie is.
- Those cherries! This recipe uses frozen cherries (or fresh if you can find them). The beauty of using frozen/fresh cherries instead of jarred cherries is that it doesn’t have additives and coloring which often leave a weird aftertaste.
- 15 minutes active time. That’s all the time it will take you to be in your kitchen doing the actual work and the oven does the rest of it. If this doesn’t make you want to skip future store-bought brownie mix, well…it totally should! 😉
- The BEST kind of pick-me-up. Something about that chocolate just gives me a little jump-start, a little pick-me-up, when I am feeling a little blah. This is exactly what my 2020 needs.
Let’s make it!
Like I mentioned earlier, this is a one-bowl, 15-minute prep kinda recipe.
Translation: so dang easy!!
First, whisk the wet ingredients together:
- granulated sugar
- unsalted butter
- vanilla extract
Then add the dry ingredients:
- all purpose flour
- cocoa powder
- chocolate chips
- a pinch of salt
Mix everything up to combine, then add in frozen or fresh (pitted) cherries). I like to use frozen because it’s much easier to find, especially in December. Also, frozen cherries are pitted, and just as good as fresh when you are baking them.
This recipe measurements is made for a 9′ x 9′ square baking dish. Remember to line baking dish with parchment paper or grease it before pouring brownie batter onto it. This will make it much easier to remove brownie from dish when it is done baking.
When it is done baking, let it cool, then cut the brownies into nine squares and if you want to give it that snowy top look, sprinkle with powdered sugar.
Powdered sugar doesn’t add much to the taste so if you are out of it you can definitely omit this step.
And last, but definitely not the least, bite into it, enjoy it, savor every single bite.
Tips and Tricks
- Use good quality cocoa powder and chocolate chip for the best brownies!
- Line baking dish with parchment paper or grease for cooking oil for easy removal.
- Brownie batter is thick and will be slightly clumpy when added to the baking dish. Do your best to spread it out even with spatula but don’t worry to much about getting it perfect. Once it bakes/warms up, the batter will spread out more evenly.
- Insert toothpick into brownie (into areas without the cherries) to test for doneness when it comes out of the oven. If toothpick comes out clean, then it is done.
Keep brownies in an airtight container for up to 2 days in room temperature or up to 7 days in the refrigerator. When ready to eat, microwave it for 10 seconds – they taste best gooey and warm.
Yes. You can keep in airtight container and freeze for up to 2-3 months.
Trust me when I say, this, my friend, is what you need this holiday season.
Team Chocolate Cherry Brownies forever. ❤️
Other Delicious Holiday Treats
Tis’ the season for holiday baking! Check out some of my favorites:
- Mint Chocolate Brownies with Andes Mint
- The Best Cheesecake
- No Knead Cranberry Bread
- White Chocolate Peppermint Cookies
- Caramel White Chocolate Chip Chocolate Cookies
- Cherry Cheesecake Swirl Brownies (by The Baking ChocolaTess)
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Chocolate Cherry Brownies
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter softened
- 1 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 2 large eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup all purpose flour
- 1/3 cup cocoa powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips
- 1 cup frozen cherries or fresh
- powdered sugar optional
- Pre-heat oven to 325℉.
- In a large bowl, bright together butter, sugar, eggs, and vanilla extract. Whisk to combine.
- Add flour, cocoa powder, salt and chocolate chips. Combine well using a spatula.
- Add cherries, then fold to combine. Batter will be thick.
- Line baking dish with parchment paper or grease baking dish. Then bring batter onto baking dish and use spatula to spread evenly. Batter will be chunky but will even out after baking.
- Bake for 40-45 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean.
- Let it cool completely in the pan on a wire rack and then cut brownie into smaller pieces.
- Sprinkle with powdered sugar. Serve and enjoy!