Chocolate Covered Cherry Brownies

Chocolate Covered Cherry Brownies

Chocolate Covered CherryFull disclosure: These just might be the best brownies I’ve ever made.

A fudgy, chocolate-y brownie filled with cherries and topped with layers of melted chocolate, cherry buttercream frosting, and miniature chocolate chips, they taste just like a classic cherry cordial.

I started with my go-to brownie recipe (the same base recipe used to make my dark chocolate mint brownies) then added chopped dried sweet cherries, cherry flavor oil, and a hint of pink food coloring for visual appeal. If I made these brownies again, I might try adding chopped chocolate covered cherry cordials to the batter. However, they are delicious just as is!

A few notes on these brownies:

I made the buttercream frosting using my trusty Lorann Oils, in classic cherry flavor. Since it’s an oil rather than an extract, I only needed a very small amount (about 1/4 tsp) to give the frosting a nice, robust cherry taste. However, you could also use a cherry flavor extract (like this one by Watkins) but you’ll need more product, since an extract is less powerful than an oil.

Chocolate Covered Cherry Brownies

Chocolate Covered Cherry Brownies

Looking for more brownie recipes? Check out my take on dark chocolate mint brownies with peppermint buttercream frosting!

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Chocolate Covered Cherry Brownies
A fudgy chocolate brownie filled with sweet cherries and topped with layers of chocolate, cherry buttercream frosting, and miniature chocolate chips.
Chocolate Covered Cherry Brownies
Course Dessert
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
brownies
Ingredients
Brownies
Buttercream Frosting
Course Dessert
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
brownies
Ingredients
Brownies
Buttercream Frosting
Chocolate Covered Cherry Brownies
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Lightly butter an 8x8 inch square baking pan, and set aside.
  2. Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. When butter has melted, stir in sugar, cocoa powder, and salt. Remove from heat and let cool slightly, about five minutes.
  3. Transfer butter-sugar-cocoa mixture to a large mixing bowl.
  4. Add eggs and vanilla to butter-sugar-cocoa mixture, and stir to combine.
  5. Stir in flour.
  6. Add dried cherries to the batter, stirring until just combined. Pour batter into prepared 8x8 baking pan.
  7. Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  8. Remove pan from oven, and immediately distribute 1/2 cup chocolate chips evenly over the top. Wait a minute or two, allowing the chips to melt slightly, then use a spatula to spread the chocolate over the top of the brownies, covering completely.
  9. Transfer brownie pan to a wire rack and allow to cool completely, at least one hour.
  10. When brownies have cooled and chocolate topping has hardened, spread cherry buttercream (see recipe below) over the chocolate topping in a generous layer. Sprinkle frosting with remaining chocolate chips and additional colored sprinkles, if desired.
  11. Cut into squares and store brownies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to one week.
Buttercream Frosting
  1. Place butter in a small mixing bowl, and allow to soften.
  2. Using an electric mixer, beat confectioner's sugar into butter. Add the sugar gradually, combining well after each addition.
  3. Beat in 1-2 T. water (just enough to smooth the frosting, but not enough to make it too thin.)
  4. Stir in gel food coloring and cherry extract or oil.

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