5 from 4 votes

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.

Cherry chocolate brownies cut into squares.

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

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.


  • Butter
  • Sugar
  • Almond extract
  • Eggs 
  • All-purpose flour
  • Salt
  • Cocoa powder
  • Maraschino cherries
Ingredients to make cherry chocolate brownies.

How to Make Chocolate Cherry Brownies

  • Step One: Stir together melted butter and sugar. 
Steps to make chocolate cherry brownies.
  • Step Two: Whisk in almond extract and eggs.
Steps to make chocolate cherry brownies.
  • Step Three: Stir in flour, salt, and cocoa. 
Steps to make chocolate cherry brownies.
  • Step Four: Add cherries and mix again.
Steps to make chocolate cherry brownies.
  • Step Five: Spread in a greased 9×13″ pan and bake at 350° for about 30 minutes, or till toothpick comes out clean.
Steps to make chocolate cherry brownies.

Check Out These Other Brownie Recipes

  • Banana Split Brownies| Your favorite ice cream dessert made into a brownie. This is such a fun brownie recipe that is great for summer cookouts, birthday parties and more. 
  • Peanut Butter Cheesecake Brownies| If you love peanut butter and chocolate together, try this recipe. Add in the swirl of cheesecake and it throws these over the top! 
  • Caramel Bacon Brownies| Salty and sweet come together in this bacon caramel brownie recipe. I know it might sound unique, but trust me, the flavors work perfectly together. 
Cherry chocolate brownies cut into squares.

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
A plate of cherry chocolate brownies.

How to Store Cherry Chocolate Brownies

Get our FREE

    We respect your privacy. Unsubscribe at anytime.

    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.

    A stack of cherry chocolate brownies.

    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. 

    Two cherry chocolate brownies stacked on a plate topped with ice cream and a cherry.

    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 Salted Caramel Brownies, Peanut Butter Cheesecake Brownies, Brownie Cheesecake Cups, Chocolate Raspberry Brownies, Reese’s Stuffed Brownies and Winter Cherry Cobbler. Try my Triple Chocolate Poke Cake and Hot Fudge Pudding Cake.

    Have you ever tried a Cherry Chocolate Brownie? 

    5 from 4 votes

    Cherry Chocolate Brownies

    Created by Stacie Vaughan
    Servings 24
    Prep Time 10 minutes
    Cook Time 30 minutes
    Total Time 40 minutes
    Rich and sinfully sweet brownies packed with luscious cherries!


    • 1 cup unsalted butter melted
    • 2 cups sugar
    • 1 tsp almond extract
    • 4 large eggs
    • 1 ½ cup all-purpose flour
    • 1 tsp salt
    • cup natural unsweetened cocoa powder
    • 1 cup maraschino cherries chopped and stems removed


    • Stir together melted butter and sugar. Whisk in almond extract and eggs.
    • Stir in flour, salt, and cocoa powder. Add cherries and mix again.
    • Spread in a greased 9×13″ pan and bake at 350°F for about 30 minutes, or till toothpick comes out clean.
    • Let cool before cutting into squares.



    Serving: 1g | Calories: 193kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 51mg | Sodium: 102mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 19g

    The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

    Course Desserts
    Cuisine American
    Keyword Cherry Chocolate Brownies

    Did you make this recipe?

    I’d love to see it! Make sure to share it on your favorite social platform.

    Want Even More Recipes?

    Join Moms Best Recipes to find more delicious family recipes.

    The Best of Simply Stacie ebook cover.

    free ebook!

    The Best of Simply Stacie

    When you subscribe to the newsletter for the latest updates!

    Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

    Recipe Rating


    1. I am a huge brownie lover and the addition of the cherries can only make them better.

    2. Yummy! Chocolate and cherries are always a great combo. Thanks for sharing on Merry Monday.

    3. Christina C says:

      5 stars
      So I was looking for a great brownie recipe with cherries since it’s Valentine’s Day. I was skeptical at first because of limited ingredients. Wow.. perfect recipe! So easy and delicious! The only thing I did differently was I added a half cup of chopped walnuts and pecans (total of 1/2 C) also make sure your cherries are well drained before adding to mixture. Thanks for a quick and great recipe!

    Similar Posts