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Strawberry Brownies

Not only are these strawberry brownies intensely rich and fudgy, they’re also swirled with jam and dotted with fresh strawberries. The perfect brownie recipe for summer!

Overhead view of strawberry brownies on platter with fresh strawberries

Rich Chocolate Strawberry Brownies

While some desserts have a definite season, brownies are a year-round treat. But if you want to give brownies a summery makeover, these strawberry brownies are the way to go. Imagine your richest, fudgiest brownie recipe with the fresh, sweet taste of strawberries added to the equation.

The strawberries and jam don’t just bring flavor, though—they also bring balance. A little bit of fruit has a way of tempering all that richness, which is always welcome in the summer when heat and humidity usually mean smaller appetites. 

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Why You’ll Love These Strawberry Brownies

Here’s why these strawberry brownies are destined to be a hit:

  • Fudgy. While I’m sure there are some ardent cake brownie lovers out there, most people go weak in the knees for those dense, fudgy brownies with irresistibly chewy edges—and that’s exactly what you get here.
  • Fruity. Swirls of strawberry jam and fresh berries mean there’s double the berry goodness in these strawberry brownies.
  • Simple. There’s nothing fussy about this recipe! It starts with a relatively short list of pantry staple ingredients, and prepping the brownies is done in a matter of minutes.
  • Crowd-pleasing. Serve up these strawberry brownies at a summer party and watch them disappear. Everyone will ask you for the recipe!
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Notes on Ingredients

Scroll down to the recipe card to find the ingredient quantities and recipe instructions.

  • Unsalted butter – I almost always use unsalted butter in baking. Learn more: Unsalted or Salted Butter: Which is Better for Baking?
  • Dark chocolate – Use dark chocolate with about 70% cacao. Learn more: Types of Chocolate: A Home Baker’s Guide
  • All-purpose flour – Here’s how to measure flour for baking
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder – I recommend natural cocoa powder (rather than Dutch process) for classic brownie flavor.
  • Salt
  • Granulated sugar
  • Eggs
  • Vanilla extract – Use store-bought or homemade vanilla extract.
  • Strawberries – The berries are the star here, so buy the best you can find. Supermarket berries are grown for transportability but not necessarily flavor, so if you can find locally grown strawberries at your farmers’ market, they’ll be sweeter and more flavorful.
  • Strawberry jam

How to Make Strawberry Brownies

It’s only a few more steps to make brownies from scratch instead of a boxed mix, and the results are so worth it. Here’s what you’ll need to do.

Prepare. Preheat your oven to 350°F and line an 8-inch square baking pan with parchment paper. Grease the paper and any parts of the pan that are showing.

Melt the butter and chocolate. Combine the butter and chocolate in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave at half-power in 30-second increments until the butter melts and the chocolate melts into the butter when stirred. Cool slightly.

Mix the dry ingredients. In another bowl, whisk the flour, cocoa powder, and salt.

Mix the wet ingredients. In a third bowl, mix the sugar, eggs, and vanilla extract.

Finish the batter. Mix the sugar mixture into the chocolate mixture, then add the dry ingredients, and stir until combined. Fold in the chopped strawberries.

Assemble. Spread the brownie batter into the prepared pan, then add dollops of jam onto the batter. Use a thin knife to swirl the jam into the brownies and place additional strawberries on top, if desired.

Bake. Place the pan in the oven and bake for 35 to 40 minutes, or until a pick inserted into the center comes out with a few crumbs.

Cool. Set the pan on a wire rack and let the brownies cool completely. Then, use the parchment paper to lift the brownies out of the pan and transfer them to a cutting board. Cut into squares, then serve.

Tips for Success

Read over my Baking Tips for Beginners and Tips for Baking Brownies from Scratch, then follow these additional pointers for perfect strawberry brownies.

  • Use high-quality ingredients. Simple recipes like brownies really benefit from using quality ingredients. Splurge on the butter, chocolate, and cocoa powder, and you’ll be rewarded with the best brownies you’ve ever tasted.
  • Let them cool completely. Although it’s hard to resist warm brownies fresh from the oven, this is a recipe that’s likely to fall apart if you cut into it too soon. Let the brownies cool completely before you cut them into squares. (If you want that warm brownie experience, you can always pop individual squares in the microwave for a few seconds!)
  • Chill for clean slices. Another tip for clean slices is to refrigerate the brownies before you cut into them, which will help keep them together when you cut into them.
Stack of strawberry brownies on plate with fresh strawberries


You can easily make this a recipe for raspberry brownies by swapping the strawberries for raspberries and using raspberry jam for the swirls. If the berries are large, cut them in half lengthwise first.

How to Store

Store these brownies wrapped in the pan or in an airtight container at room temperature for a day or two. Because of their fudgy texture, it’s best to keep strawberry brownies in the refrigerator for longer storage; refrigerated, they’ll last up to 5 days.

Overhead view of strawberry brownies on platter with fresh berries

Can This Recipe Be Frozen?

Freeze strawberry brownies in an airtight container or freezer bag for up to 3 months, or wrap each brownie individually in plastic wrap. Let the brownies thaw in the refrigerator or warm them up in the microwave in 15-second increments until they’re heated through.

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Strawberry brownie on plate with additional brownies and fresh berries in background

Strawberry Brownies

Yield 9 to 12 servings
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes

Not only are these homemade strawberry brownies intensely rich and fudgy, they’re also swirled with jam and dotted with fresh strawberries!

Overhead view of strawberry brownies on platter with fresh berries


  • 1/2 cup (113g) unsalted butter
  • 3 ounces (85g) dark chocolate (about 70% cacao)
  • 1/2 cup (60g) all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup (42g) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (200g) granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup chopped strawberries, plus more for topping the brownies*
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons strawberry jam, stirred well


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line an 8-inch square baking pan with parchment paper so that the paper overhangs on two opposite sides. Grease the paper and any exposed parts of the inside of the pan.
  2. Place the butter and chocolate in a large microwave-safe bowl. Heat in the microwave at half-power in 30-second increments until the butter has melted and the chocolate melts when stirred. Set aside to cool slightly.
  3. Whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, and salt . Set aside.
  4. Place the sugar, eggs, and vanilla in a mixing bowl, and mix well.
  5. Add the sugar mixture to the chocolate mixture, and mix well. Then add the flour mixture, and mix until combined.
  6. Stir in the chopped strawberries.
  7. Transfer the batter to the prepared pan, and spread evenly. Dollop the jam over the top of the batter, and use a thin knife to swirl into the brownies. If you like, place more strawberries on top of the batter.
  8. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, or until a pick inserted into the center comes out with a few crumbs.
  9. Place the pan on a wire rack, and allow the brownies to cool completely. Use the overhanging lining to lift the brownies out of the pan and onto a cutting board to cut into squares. (These are fudgy, gooey brownies, so you may want to refrigerate the brownies briefly before cutting them.)


*You'll need 4 or 5 medium strawberries. If you want to add a few slices or chopped berries on top of the brownies before baking, you'll need another 1 or 2 strawberries.

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  1. Thank you, Jennifer, for writing an incredible article on strawberry brownies reading your article I am able to make perfect brownies for my family your steps are very explainable for the readers

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