Cherry Chocolate Brownies

Cherry Chocolate Brownies are such a treat. A tender chocolate brownie with chopped maraschino cherries mixed in, so every bite has cherry flavor in it. You will love this recipe if you are a fan of chocolate covered cherries. Fruit and chocolate are always welcome in our home.

Last month my recipe for Maraschino Cherry Cupcakes, was something I felt like I couldn’t top. Then I made chocolate cherry brownies, and I was shocked. Maraschino cherries are so much more than for an ice cream sundae. Run to the store, buy a jar and try this recipe stat.

Cherry Chocolate Brownies - Rich and sinfully sweet brownies packed with luscious cherries!

Cherry Chocolate Brownies

They are moist and chewy and full of sweet maraschino cherry goodness. You can also add nuts, but I left them out of my recipe.  Top with some vanilla ice cream or eat them plain, these Cherry Chocolate Brownies make a scrumptious (and seriously simple) dessert.

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Cherry Chocolate Brownies - Rich and sinfully sweet brownies packed with luscious cherries!

Can I Use a Boxed Brownie Mix for this Cherry Chocolate Brownies Recipe

If you don’t like making homemade brownies, you can opt for a box and add in chopped cherries and fold it in and bake. But, I will tell you the recipe is super easy to make, and homemade brownies always win me over. Give this recipe a try with homemade brownies or boxed, either way, yum!

Add-Ins For Chocolate Cherry Brownies

  • White Chocolate Chips
  • Walnuts
  • Macadamia Nuts
  • Chocolate Chips

How to Store Cherry Chocolate Brownies

I keep these in the fridge, I find it allows them to last longer before they go bad. Then if you want a warmer brownie, just warm it up in the microwave or allow it to come to room temperature before eating.

How to Serve Cherry Chocolate Brownies

  • Add a dusting of powdered sugar on top
  • A dollop of whipped cream
  • Or a scoop of ice cream

Can You Use Real Cherries Instead of Maraschino Cherries

I think you could easily swap out maraschino with real cherries. Just make sure to get rid of the seed and chop them up. Then fold into the batter like you would with the maraschino. You might find it isn’t as sweet as with the maraschinos, but I am sure it would still be a really delicious brownie recipe.

Will Dried Cherries Work in Cherry Brownie Recipe

I can’t say for sure, but I am sure it would work. I think dried cherries would offer a sweeter flavor, but would be tasty to get bits of dried cherries throughout.

How Do You Keep Brownies Moist 

Once you have the brownies cooked and cooled you can now store them. To keep your brownies moist simply lay a piece of parchment paper on top of the brownies, place a single piece of bread and then top with another piece of parchment paper or wax paper. This will help keep the brownies moist for 1-2 days longer. 

Do not eat the bread once you are done using it, and don’t add more than one piece to the brownies. 

How Do You Make Cherry Brownies

Start by melting butter and then stirring in your sugar. Once that is mixed whisk in almond extract and your eggs. Then slowly mix in your flour, salt, and cocoa powder. Once the batter is mixed, fold in your cherry pieces. 

Spread into your pan and bake until they are cooked through, which is around 30 minutes. Stick a toothpick in and if it comes out clean it is done. 

Will These Brownies Freeze

You should have no problem freezing these brownies. Simply allow them to fully cool on the counter, and then cut and transfer to a freezer bag or freezer friendly container. Then freeze for up to three months. Thaw on the counter or in the fridge and serve. 

I have done it this way, and then when I craved a sweet I go in grab one brownie, let it thaw and then enjoy. Or you can make an extra batch of brownies and freeze them without being cut if you prefer. 

Give this Cherry Brownies recipe a try. We make them for holiday parties, events, afternoon snacks, and for any other occasion  I can think up! There is no wrong time for a tasty brownie in my opinion. 

You’ll also love this Winter Cherry Cobbler.

Have you ever tried a Cherry Chocolate Brownie? 

Cherry Chocolate Brownies - Rich and sinfully sweet brownies packed with luscious cherries!

Cherry Chocolate Brownies

Cherry Chocolate Brownies

Yield: 24
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Rich and sinfully sweet brownies packed with luscious cherries!


  • 1 cup butter, melted
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 ½ cup flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ⅔ cup cocoa
  • 1 cup chopped maraschino cherries, stems removed


  1. Stir together melted butter and sugar. Whisk in almond extract and eggs.
  2. Stir in flour, salt, and cocoa. Add cherries and mix again.
  3. Spread in a greased 9×13″ pan and bake at 350° for about 30 minutes, or till toothpick comes out clean.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 24 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 193Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 51mgSodium: 170mgCarbohydrates: 27gFiber: 1gSugar: 19gProtein: 2g

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Stacie Vaughan

Stacie is the mom of two girls and lives in Ontario, Canada. She enjoys cooking/baking, photography, reading, DIY and is fueled by lots of coffee!

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