Dark Chocolate and Cherry Brownies

dark chocolate cherry brownies

Last weekend our local supermarkets exploded with cherries. The shelves were laden down with heaving punnets of dark red, sweet, juicy fruit. Summer has arrived. After devouring half a box, hands sticky and stained purple-red with juice, I knew I wanted to bake with them too.

Dark chocolate is such a wonderful partner to cherries, so brownies it was.


dark chocolate and cherry brownies

These are incredibly gooey brownies, the cherries seem to melt a little into the chocolate batter, creating pools of sticky, jammy cherry chocolate.

cherry brownies

When I first cut into them, I thought they were too gooey, if such a thing is possible for a brownie, but after a night in the fridge they were perfect. Rich, fudgey and fruity. A squidgey middle with a crisp, crackled top.

chocolate and cherry brownies

They’re best eaten warm straight from the oven, with a scoop of vanilla ice cream melting on top. If you plan on eating them cold, their best stored in the fridge where their gooeyness will set up to fudgeyness, making them easier to eat. Alternatively, reduce the quantity of cherries by about 25 grams, and give them a few minutes longer in the oven. This will result in a more cake-like brownie.

What are your favourite cherry recipes?

cherry chocolate brownies

Dark Chocolate and Cherry Brownies

(makes approximately 12 generous brownies)


200g good quality dark chocolate, broken into small chunks

250g unsalted butter

350g light muscavado sugar

30g cocoa powder

4 eggs, lightly beaten

150g plain flour

200g cherries, de-stoned and cut in half


Preheat the oven to 180C/350F.

Grease and line a 20cmx20cm square tin.

In a large pan, melt together the chocolate, butter, sugar, and cocoa powder. Stir continuously, scraping from the bottom of the pan to make sure nothing burns on the bottom. Pay particular attention to the chocolate as it can quickly catch and burnt chocolate will affect the taste of the finished brownies.

Take off the heat and leave to cool for a few minutes.

Next, beat in the eggs until combined. It may take a bit of work initially to get them to incorporate into the chocolate mixture, but keep going.

Fold in the flour.

Finally, fold in the cherries.

Pour the batter into your prepared tin.

Bake for 20 minutes for a gooey brownie, keep them in an extra 5 minutes or so if you prefer a more cake-like brownie.

Eat warm, or cool completely and slice into 12 squares.

Store in the fridge, in an airtight container.

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  1. peggy munday says:

    My favourite fruit with my favourite brownie – wow! Have you tried Cherry Clafoutis, a sweet batter pudding baked around the cherries. You can also use plums or other stone fruit, lovely with clotted cream or a really good vanilla ice cream. I think my recipe came from Raymond Blanc. Have a go its great! Looking forward to seeing you home in time for Christmas.

    • I’ve never made Clafoutis, but it does sound delicious! I still have lots of cherries in my fridge so I might give it a go over the weekend if there are any left! Looking forward to seeing you too – not long now! xx

  2. I absolutely love your recipes!

  3. So amazing. I have a very similar post on my blog buried somewhere. There is nothing like dark chocolate and cherries. Emma.

  4. Chocolate and cherry – such a classic combination, like Black Forest Gateaux but without the cream. Our cherry tree went into over-drive this year. Unfortunately they are not very sweet.

  5. I made these yesterday and they were a delicious! They were really gooey and mousse-y and just generally awesome… 🙂


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