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.

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

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 16 2-inch brownies

Dark Chocolate-Sour Cherry Brownies


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


Preheat oven to 350°. Grease an 8-inch square baking pan.

Toss chopped cherries in 1 tablespoon flour. In a separate bowl, whisk together 1 cup flour and salt. Set both aside.

Melt chocolate and butter in microwave at 30-second intervals until butter is melted. Stir until chocolate has melted and mixture is smooth.

In a large bowl, beat sugar, eggs, and vanilla until smooth. Add chocolate mixture and mix until combined.

Gradually add flour mixture, mixing just until combined. Stir in cherries.

Spread batter evenly in prepared pan. Bake for 30 minutes, or until a pick inserted in the center comes out with moist crumbs.

Cool completely in pan before cutting into bars.


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  1. sara March 5, 2012 Reply

    These look amazing! Love the idea of tart, chewy cherries in dark chocolate brownies – so delicious! :)

  2. raquel@eRecipe.com March 5, 2012 Reply

    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. sweet road March 6, 2012 Reply

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

  5. Choc Chip Uru March 6, 2012 Reply

    Reminds me of German chocolate cake in brownie form :)

    Choc Chip Uru

  6. Jessica @ Hungrygems March 6, 2012 Reply

    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. Let Me Eat Cake March 8, 2012 Reply

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

  8. Trader Joes Recipes March 13, 2012 Reply

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

  9. Amanda June 27, 2014 Reply

    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. Jill July 29, 2014 Reply

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

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      Jennifer McHenry July 29, 2014 Reply

      That’s great, Jill! Thanks for letting me know you liked them!

  11. Diane May 19, 2015 Reply

    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. Becky July 9, 2015 Reply

    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!

    • Becky July 9, 2015 Reply

      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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