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Fudgy Chocolate Cherry Brownies

on May 23, 2022
last updated May 6, 2024
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These Cherry Brownies are fudgy, chocolatey brownies with the addition of juicy, fresh, and fruity cherries to add dimension and depth to the flavor.
overhead shot of chocolate cherry brownies

Looking for an easy way to elevate your brownies this spring/summer? These Fudgy Chocolate Cherry Brownies take classic gooey brownies and stuffs them with vibrant, juicy cherries for a burst of fruity flavor in every bite!

Cherries and chocolate are such a classic combination, and the addition of the sweet, vibrant fruit in these gooey, decadent brownies is no exception! And with just one bowl and ready in under an hour, this recipe is at the top of my list for the best unique brownies!

cherry brownies in a gold trimmed tray

As an environmental scientist, I’m always looking for fun ways to incorporate seasonal ingredients.

Cherries are such a fun addition to baking, making cherry season one of my favorites! I also love adding cherries to cocktails, like in this Queen of Hearts (Cherry Martini).

Green tip: Eating seasonally is one of the best ways to support local and decrease your carbon footprint. Local foods have less associated transportation costs and fuel emissions. Check when cherries are in season in your area with this Seasonal Food Guide.

Cherry Brownies Ingredients

Here’s everything you need:

  • Butter. Softened and unsalted.
  • Oil. Vegetable, canola, or coconut oil in liquid form.
  • Sugar. Granulated sugar is best.
  • Eggs. 2 large eggs or 2 flax eggs.
  • Vanilla extract. For flavor.
  • Flour. All-purpose flour acts as the base for your batter.
  • Cocoa powder. Unsweetened. I love to use dark cocoa powder, but any will do!
  • Cornstarch. This will keep your brownies intact, even with all the extra juices from the cherries oozing into your batter as it bakes.
  • Salt. To amplify the flavors.
  • Chocolate chips. For a little extra chocolate. You can use dark chocolate or semi-sweet chocolate chips.
  • Cherries. The star of this dish! Any type of fresh cherries will work in this recipe—I used Bing cherries. You can also use frozen cherries in place of fresh in this recipe.
granulated sugar, cherries, unsalted butter, eggs, cocoa powder, cornstarch, flour, salt, oil, vanilla extract, and chocolate chips

Fresh Cherries Vs Frozen Cherries in Brownies

I absolutely love using fresh cherries in this fun brownie recipe! But they will add a lot of extra moisture to your brownies, so you will also have to account for that.

For roughly one cup of fresh cherries, you will need to add 1 tablespoon of cornstarch to your batter. The cornstarch will help absorb excess liquid, allowing your brownies to solidify, even with the excess juice from the cherries!

Similarly, you can use frozen cherries in place of fresh cherries in Chocolate Brownies with Cherries. Though some of the excess moisture is likely lost, I still highly recommend using the same ratio of cornstarch for frozen cherries as you would fresh.

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Cherry Brownies Tips and Tricks

Prep Your Cherries

I love big chunks of cherries in these brownies! Slice the cherries in half and remove their pit.

Keep in mind that this is a messy job! You’ll get deep red cherry juice on your cutting board, and hands, and if you’re anything like me, it’ll inevitably end up on your T-shirt, too.

I recommend wearing an apron. You can also opt to wear gloves! And use a chopping board that you’re okay with leaving some red behind.

You can opt to use a cherry pitter for easy pit removal, but I simply use my index finger and thumb to pinch the pit out once my cherry is sliced in half.

cherries pitted and halved ready for brownie batter

Make Sure Your Butter is Softened

It’s best to use unsalted butter in this recipe so that you can control the amount of salt you are adding to your cherry brownies. Your unsalted butter must be softened—not melted, and not too cold and solid, in order to get the best consistency of the brownie batter.

The simplest way to soften your butter is to allow it to rest at room temperature for about 30 minutes before you start baking.

But if you forget—don’t worry! You can soften your butter in several ways. I find the easiest is in the microwave! Start with 15 seconds, then drop down to 10 if it’s still too solid.

From there, heat it in just 5-second intervals until it’s ready. You’ll know your butter is softened when your finger leaves an imprint when you poke it.

Green tip: Look for organic and palm oil-free butter if you can. Buying organic means you are supporting farms that do not use damaging pesticides and fertilizers, and palm oil production is a massive driver behind deforestation.

Cream Together the Sugar and Fat

Creaming your fat (in this case the butter and oil) and the granulated sugar together doesn’t just combine these ingredients together smoothly, it also aerates them.

Adding little air pockets to the batter is an effective way to get that soft and chewy texture you expect from a fudgy chocolate cherry brownie.

Use a hand mixer on high to get the butter, oil, and sugar mixture nice and smooth.

adding oil to brownie batter

Add Your Eggs and Vanilla

Once you’ve creamed together your butter, oil, and sugar, you’re ready to add your eggs and vanilla extract.

As a general rule of thumb, it’s best to crack your eggs in a separate bowl rather than adding them directly to your batter. It’s just safest as it allows you to avoid eggshells or a bloody egg.

But to be honest, I often rebel and crack ’em right in!

Use your hand mixer again to combine the eggs and vanilla extract into your batter until it is smooth once again!

cracking an egg into cherry brownie batter

Add Your Dry Ingredients

Time for your flour, cocoa powder, cornstarch, and salt! Your hand mixer is your best friend here!

Use it to integrate your dry ingredients, mixing until there are no visible lumps. Biting into a clump of powder makes for a bitter, unpleasant taste.

adding all purpose flour to brownie batter

Add Your Chocolate and Cherries

Once your batter is nice and smooth, time to add your flavor enhancers!

Drop your juicy halved and pitted cherries and your chocolate chips straight into the batter and use a spatula to fold them in.

i like to conserve a handful of cherries to place on top, but this is optional.

brownies batter with fresh cherries and chocolate chips

Line Your Pan

Line a 9 x 9-inch square pan with parchment paper so you can easily remove your brownies. These are fudgy and a little bit gooey, so you’ll want to make sure your brownies are cool before cutting into them.

The easiest way to speed up the cooling process is to remove the parchment paper with the brownies from the pan and transfer them to a cooling rack.

cherry brownie batter in a square baking pan ready for the oven

How to Store and Save Fudgy Cherry Brownies

Keep your chocolate cherry brownies in an airtight container or cover them to keep them fresh. At room temperature, these delicious fudgy squares will keep for 3-4 days.

If you want to extend the life of your cherry brownies, you can definitely freeze them! These little gooey guys will last up to 4 months in the freezer in an airtight container. Just make sure to allow them to thaw at room temperature before you eat them.

fudgy chocolate cherry brownies in a gold trimmed tray

Why You Should Make These Cherry Brownies

  • They’re bursting with flavor! When you get a bite with melty chocolate and oozing baked cherry, it literally melts in your mouth.
  • They’re decadent. Super chocolatey, and extra fudgy.
  • They’re vibrant. The sweet red cherries add vibrant flavor and color to these brownies.

If you’re loving these Cherry Brownies and want more fun brownie recipes, check out these Brownie Blondies and Matcha Brownies!

overhead shot of chocolate cherry brownies

40-Minute Fudgy Chocolate Cherry Brownies

5 from 11 votes
Marley Goldin
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These Cherry Brownies are fudgy, chocolatey brownies with the addition of juicy, fresh, and fruity cherries to add dimension and depth to the flavor.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 9 brownies



  • ½ cup unsalted butter (1/2 cup butter usually = 1 stick)
  • 1 ¼ cups granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon oil (vegetable, canola, or coconut)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup chocolate chips (dark or semi-sweet)
  • 1 cup cherries, pitted and halved (any type, fresh or frozen!)
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  • Preheat your oven to 350°F and line a 9 x 9-inch square pan with parchment paper.
  • Slice your cherries in half and remove the pits. You can always opt to use a cherry pitter for a quicker, cleaner process.
  • In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter, oil, and sugar with a hand mixer on high until the mixture is smooth.
  • Next, add the eggs and vanilla extract and mix again until combined.
  • Then, add your flour, cocoa powder, cornstarch, and salt and mix again until well-combined, making sure your batter is smooth and free of clumps.
  • Fold in your chocolate chips and cherries, with the option to reserve a handful of each to add on top.
  • Use a spatula to transfer the batter into your lined pan, smoothing it out to spread the batter evenly throughout the pan. If you reserved some of your cherries and chocolate chips, place them on top now.
  • Bake for 30-35 minutes until you can shake the pan without a lot of wobbling in the center. Allow them to cool completely before slicing. Enjoy!

Pro Tips

  • You can use any type of cherries for this recipe—fresh or frozen.
  • If you love brownies as much as I do, you’ll love this collection of my greatest brownie recipes!
  • Chocolate lover? Me too! You’ll love the collection of my best chocolate recipes!

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Course Dessert, Snacks
Cuisine American
Diet Vegetarian
Keyword Cherry Brownies, Chocolate, One-Bowl, Summer
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4 thoughts on “Fudgy Chocolate Cherry Brownies”

  1. The instructions say 10 min prep. It took me half an hour to put the cherries and another 30 min to complete the recipe. Why do recipe creators understate the amt of prep time?

    1. Sorry if you felt mislead in any way! A lot of bloggers do not include pitting/chopping in their prep time as it varies so widely from person to person. What I do, is time myself and then round up to the nearest 5- or 10-minute interval to keep it simple. Of course, I spend all day in the kitchen and have made this particular recipe A LOT of times, so if it’s your first time, I can certainly see how it may take longer. Hope that answers your question and I hope you enjoyed the brownies!

    1. I’m so glad you enjoyed, Charlotte! Thank you so much for taking the time to leave your feedback 🙂

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