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Dark Chocolate-Sour Cherry Brownies

Of all the many, many versions of brownies I’ve made in my baking life, I very rarely have used a chocolate-fruit combination. It’s not that I dislike the combination. Rather, the thought of nuts or caramel or peanut butter generally persuades me to go another route.

The addition of dried sour cherries to dark chocolate brownies makes for a chewy, slightly tart brownie. That tartness combines with dark chocolate to make an irresistible brownie.

Dark Chocolate-Sour Cherry Brownies combine rich chocolate with tart cherries for an irresistible brownie. - Bake or Break

I recommend chopping the cherries so they’re better distributed in the brownies. And, as always, I suggest using the very best chocolate you can. When chocolate has a starring role, it definitely makes a difference.

Dark Chocolate-Sour Cherry Brownies

Yield 12 to 16 brownies
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes

These Dark Chocolate-Sour Cherry Brownies combine rich chocolate with tart cherries for an irresistible treat.

Dark Chocolate-Sour Cherry Brownies


  • 1/2 cup chopped dried sour cherries
  • 1 cup + 1 tablespoon (120g + 7.5g) all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 6 ounces (170g) good quality bittersweet chocolate
  • 1/2 cup (113g) unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup (150g) granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease an 8-inch square baking pan. If you like, line the pan with parchment paper before greasing.
  2. Toss the chopped cherries in 1 tablespoon flour.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together 1 cup flour and salt. Set aside.
  4. Melt the chocolate and butter in the microwave at 30-second intervals until the butter is melted and the chocolate melts when stirred. Set aside to cool slightly.
  5. In a large bowl, beat the sugar, eggs, and vanilla until smooth. Add the chocolate mixture, and mix until combined.
  6. Gradually add the flour mixture, mixing just until combined. Stir in the cherries.
  7. Spread the batter evenly in the prepared pan. Bake for 30 minutes, or until a pick inserted in the center comes out with moist crumbs.
  8. Cool completely in the pan before cutting into bars.

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    16 Comments on “Dark Chocolate-Sour Cherry Brownies”

  1. These look amazing! Love the idea of tart, chewy cherries in dark chocolate brownies – so delicious! 🙂

  2. Irresistible brownies! I love the taste of cherries and chocolates… combined…must be awesomely delicious =)

  3. Chocolate + Cherry = Heaven! These brownies sure looks delicious – we can totally eat ’em all in one sitting. That’s how good it looks.

  4. This sounds really great, I’m sure the cherries help to make the texture really moist and chewy inside!

  5. Reminds me of German chocolate cake in brownie form 🙂

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  6. I’m all about facing combos that I didn’t like as a kid since they suddenly become divine as an adult! Chocolate and cherries is one of those. Can’t wait to try!

  7. i’m not a brownie fan generally but these are brownies I can get behind!

  8. Yum. Do you deliver, I would like some right now.

  9. I have some fresh sour cherries I bought from the farmer’s market. Think they will hold up in place of the dried ones? I feel like they will and will just be more moist than chewy which in my mind is a good thing.

  10. I think these brownies were the best brownies I have had. The texture was perfect. I used ghirardelli dark chocolate with cherries bars. Perfect!!

  11. This is one of the very best brownie recipes I have every made and tasted. A perfect combination of sweet and tart and with a great texture. My sister keeps talking about them so I will be making them again soon!

  12. I just made these now after looking up a recipe to use the extra sour cherries I have. I had to make a few substitutions for what I had on hand–I used a cup of dark chocolate chips instead of the baking chocolate, and I used fresh sour cherries that I squeezed as much juice out of as possible. Even with my substitutions, they turned out phenomenal! Thank you for the recipe!

    • The only suggestion I’d add is for people who use fresh cherries like me: you might need to add extra cherries! I love these brownies but wish there were more cherries in them.

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