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Cherry Chocolate Brownies

Just as easy as they are delicious, these cherry chocolate brownies take basically no effort. Using boxed brownies and frozen cherries, this recipe is perfect for a last minute dessert! The cherries give that little extra decadence to an already incredible classic. 

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Cherry chocolate brownies cut into squares with a knife next to them.

What are cherry chocolate brownies 

Cherry chocolate brownies are one of the easiest desserts you can make and totally foolproof! Boxed brownies are an absolute staple in my house and there are so many ways to make them more exciting, this being one. The added cherries give the classic brownies a delicious fruity flavour and an extra indulgence factor. This recipe is essentially just a boxed brownie mix and cherries, but why mess with a good thing?  

What you need to make cherry chocolate brownies

You only need a few ingredients for this recipe to come together: 

  • brownie mix
  • oil
  • eggs
  • water
  • cherries of your choice 
  • dark chocolate 

You could always use your favourite brownie recipe here as well, but if you’re looking for the easy way, there’s nothing wrong with a boxed mix! 

What type of cherries to use 

There are actually a bunch of different ways you could go with this recipe. There are so many different types of cherries available that you could truly make these cherry chocolate brownies exactly how you want them. 

Frozen cherries

In this recipe we use frozen cherries, you can get them any time of the year and they’re already pitted for you! The ones that I’ve seen available in my area are usually sweet and darker cherries. These would be perfect for you if you’re more drawn towards the fresh cherries but don’t want to spend the time and effort pitting them. Or you want to make this recipe during a time that is not prime cherry season, like during the colder months. Frozen cherries will give you that little extra something with their fruity pop and sweet flavour, but it can also be on the more subtle side. 

Fresh cherries

Fresh cherries are a great option if you’re making this recipe during cherry season. They are so delicious when they’re fresh and would be an amazing addition to this dessert. The outcome would be pretty much the same as if you were using frozen cherries but their taste may be a little bit stronger since in season fruit really pops. You would have to pit the cherries yourself, which is a downside if you’re running short on time. But if you’re willing to do it, a cherry pitter is an amazing tool you can use for that!  

Canned cherries 

I never noticed how many different canned cherry options are available to buy. Maraschino cherries, glace cherries, cherry pie filling, and even sour cherries. You could use any of these options in your cherry chocolate brownies! If you’re looking for something extra sweet, any candied cherry or pie filling would be great for you to use. These options are super sweet because they are either packaged with syrup or made with extra sugar. You could even use these as an extra on top if you’d like! 

Sour cherries are a little different because they are what their name indicates, sour. These would be an amazing addition to brownies because the sour flavour stands out from the sweetness of the brownies and they go together so well! Another option would be to add some tart cherry juice into the recipe where it calls for water. You could add it on its own, or with your other cherries. I personally would do both, that would really up the flavour and give you some serious sour cherry goodness.   

Jam 

This is an option I didn’t even consider until just now. Jam would be such a delicious way to add cherry flavour to this dessert. If you wanted to use jam on its own you could dollop it onto the brownie batter when it’s in the pan and then swirl it around to distribute it. You could also add it on the top after the brownies have cooked. If you wanted to use it as an extra, you could do the same things just with the addition of your other cherries of choice. 

There are so many options and so many different paths to take. The choice is totally yours, you could make this recipe a different way every time and each way would be delicious!  

How to make cherry chocolate brownies

There’s nothing like a recipe that’s so simple and easy you don’t even have to think about it while making it. These cherry chocolate brownies are one of those recipes. Start by greasing and lining an 8”x8” baking pan. You can use butter or oil to grease the pan and parchment paper to line it. Next, preheat the oven to the temperature listed on your boxed mix. Every mix is different, so be sure to bake according to your specific brand and package. Prepare your mix also according to the package. This is usually some variation of eggs, oil, and water being added to a bowl with the dry mix. 

Once that is all mixed and ready you can start chopping your add-ins. I like to chop my dark chocolate bar pretty loosely so that you get larger chunks of chocolate throughout the brownie. This is totally up to you, you could also choose another kind of chocolate or even use chocolate chips. The cherries will be completely up to you as well, and also depending on which you’re using. I found the frozen cherries to be too big to go straight into the batter on their own so I chopped them into smaller pieces. 

When those are ready, add them to your batter and mix gently with a silicone spatula. This will ensure that you can combine everything well, scrape down the sides when needed, and not overmix. Then you can pour your final mixture into your prepared pan. Once all the batter has been transferred, level it out using your spatula or another tool you have. If you’d like, add some extra chocolate and/or cherries on the top of your cherry chocolate brownies. Now you’re ready to bake for as long as your package says. You’re looking for the sides to be baked and the middle to be a little bit fudgey but not wet. If you put a toothpick in the middle of the pan, it should come out slightly wet but not completely. 

Make sure you give your cherry chocolate brownies time to cool after they’ve been taken out of the oven. This not only makes it a lot easier to handle and cut, but it allows them to set up and finish their baking process. Then you’re ready to cut and enjoy! If you like bigger brownies you can cut them into 9 pieces, or if you like smaller you can cut them into 16.   

How to store 

At room temperature you can store your cherry chocolate brownies in an airtight container or bag for 3-7 days. For freezer storage, wrap them up with wax paper and keep them in a freezer safe bag or container. They will keep like this for up to 3 months.  

Cherry Chocolate Brownies

Just as easy as they are delicious, these cherry chocolate brownies take basically no effort. Using boxed brownies and frozen cherries, this recipe is perfect for a last minute dessert! The cherries give that little extra decadence to an already incredible classic. 
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time35 minutes
Total Time50 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: boxed beauties, boxed brownies, brownies, cherries, cherry, cherry chocolate, cherry chocolate brownies, chocolate cherry, dark chocolate
Servings: 9 large brownies
Author: Gianna

Ingredients

  • 1 boxed brownie mix including eggs, and oil
  • 1 dark chocolate bar chopped
  • 2 cups frozen cherries halved or chopped

Instructions

  • Grease and line an 8”x8” baking pan with parchment paper.
  • Preheat the oven to the temperature noted on the box.
  • Prepare your boxed brownie mix according to the package’s instructions.
  • Add the dark chocolate and the cherries. Mix gently with a silicone spatula until well combined.
  • Pour the brownie mix into the pan and spread out until levelled.
  • Bake the brownies for as long as the package says, until a toothpick comes out mostly clean.
  • Let cool for 15-30 minutes before cutting. Enjoy!

More delicious fruit filled desserts:

Strawberry Jam Cookies

Mango Pancakes

White Chocolate and Raspberry Blondies

Chocolate Orange Brownies

Chocolate Raspberry Brownies

Apple Pie Oatmeal Cookies

Strawberries and Cream Cupcakes

Peach Teddy Graham Icebox Cake

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