Brownies with brandied cherries recipe


There is something magical about the combination of chocolate and cherries. (Think Black Forest Torte or chocolate-covered cherries.) This recipe combines sweet cherries that are briefly cooked and soaked in sugar and brandy with a dense, super-chocolaty rich brownie.

  • Yield: 4 Servings
  • Preparation Time: 25 Minutes


  • ⅔ cup sugar
  • ½ cup brandy
  • 1 cup fresh sweet cherries, stemmed, pitted, and halved
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ¾cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • Vanilla gelato or vanilla ice cream (optional)
How to Make It
  1. For brandied cherries, in a small saucepan combine the ⅔ cup sugar and the brandy. Bring to boiling; add cherries. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered for 3 minutes. Remove from heat; let cool.
  2. Preheat oven to 325°F. Grease an 8×8×2-inch baking pan. Line pan with foil, leaving about 1 inch of the foil extending over the edges of the pan. Grease the foil; sprinkle with cocoa powder.
  3. In a small saucepan melt butter over low heat. Transfer melted butter to a medium bowl. Add the 1 cup sugar, the ¾ cup cocoa powder, the vanilla, and salt. Using a wooden spoon, stir until cocoa powder is completely incorporated. Add eggs, one at a time, beating with a wooden spoon just until combined. Add flour; stir just until combined. Spread batter in the prepared pan.
  4. Bake about 25 minutes or until edges start to pull away from sides of pan. Cool brownies for 45 minutes (they will still be slightly warm). Use foil to lift uncut brownies from pan. Cut warm brownies into 16 squares. Place 1 brownie square in each of 4 shallow dessert dishes. Top with brandied cherries. If desired, serve with gelato. Let remaining brownies cool completely. Store cooled brownies in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 1 month.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1
Nutritional Value Per Serving
379 kcal
Calories from Fat:
63 kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat
7 g
Trans Fat
0.0 g
39 mg
134 mg
66 g
Dietary Fiber
2 g
2 g
* Above mentioned %DVs (Percent Daily Values) are based on 2,000 calorie food intake.

DVs (Daily values) may be vary depending upon individuals daily calorie needs. Above nutritional values are estimates and should only be used as a guide for approximation. They are not recommendations. Calculations are based on average weight of 194 lbs. and ages of 19 to 50 years.

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