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These perfect chocolate cherry brownies have a crisp shell on top and a decadent fudgy center, and they take less than 10 minutes to get in the oven.

Chocolate Cherry Brownies

With tart cherries studding a buttery chocolate brownie, this brownie recipe is as good as they get. By slightly undercooking them, you get a crisp sugary crust on top with a decadent fudgy center that's sure to satisfy even the most severe chocolate craving.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American, Best
Keyword easy, snack, sweet
Level Beginner
Main Ingredient Chocolate
Diet Pescatarian, Vegetarian
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 9 brownies
Calories 321 kcal


  • 75 grams dried cherries
  • 2 tablespoons Cherry Heering (or other liqueur)
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 60 grams Dutch-processed cocoa powder (~1/2 cup)
  • 96 grams all-purpose flour (~3/4 cup)
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 80 grams unsalted butter
  • 85 grams dark chocolate
  • 2 eggs
  • 225 grams light brown sugar (1 packed cup)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Line an 8x8-inch pan with parchment paper, move the oven rack to the center position, and preheat to 320 degrees F (160°C).
    Lining a brownie pan with parchment paper.
  2. Add the dried cherries, cherry liqueur, and water to a small pot and bring the mixture to a boil. Continue boiling, making sure all the cherries are submerged until it no longer smells like alcohol. Turn off the heat and let the cherries cool to room temperature.
    Rehydrating dried cherries in Cherry Heering for adding to brownies.
  3. Sift the cocoa powder, flour, baking powder, and salt together into a bowl and whisk them together until they're evenly combined.
    Sifting flour, cocoa powder, salt, and baking powder together for making brownies.
  4. Add the butter and dark chocolate to a microwave safe bowl and microwave at 300 watts for one and a half minutes, or until the butter is fully melted, and the chocolate is partially melted. Do not let the mixture boil. Whisk the mixture together until the chocolate melts.
    Whisking melted butter and chocolate together in a glass bowl.
  5. Whisk the eggs into the chocolate mixture until uniform.
    Emulsifying the wet ingredients for brownies together in a glass bowl.
  6. Add the sugar and vanilla extract to the chocolate mixture, and whisk until smooth.
    Whisking sugar and vanilla into the egg, chocolate and butter mixture.
  7. Pour the chocolate mixture into the flour mixture along with the cherries and any remaining liquid in the pot, and fold the mixture together until uniform.
    Chocolate Cherry Brownie batter in a glass bowl.
  8. Dump the brownie batter into the prepared pan, level off the top, and bake for 20-25, minutes. The shorter the time, the fudgier the brownies will be. A toothpick inserted into the center should come out with a layer of batter the texture of peanut butter.
    Fudgy brownie batter in a parchment lined brownie pan.
  9. When the brownies are done, put the pan on a cooling rack, and use the parchment paper to remove the brownies from the pan. Let the brownies cool completely before cutting them.
    Chocolate Cherry Brownies cooling on a rack.
Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Cherry Brownies
Amount Per Serving
Calories 321 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 7g35%
Cholesterol 55mg18%
Sodium 91mg4%
Potassium 238mg7%
Carbohydrates 49g16%
Fiber 4g16%
Sugar 33g37%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 570IU11%
Calcium 58mg6%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.