Cherries.  Brownies.  Cherries + brownies.  Need I really say more?  Reading those two words was pretty much all it took to convince me to make these.  Cherry and chocolate are a perfect pairing, in my opinion.  The dark chocolate is complimented by the deep, subtle sweetness of the cherries.  My original plan was to make these for dessert one night while we were on vacation, but the darned grocery store had other plans.  They had practically every other fruit you could imagine but they were all out of cherries.

Once I get an idea in my head, I’m not one to give it up, so I continued to think about these brownies throughout our vacation.  The day we got back I made sure to buy the ingredients and the next night I made them.  These are really not much more involved than regular brownies.  Just pit and halve some cherries, toss with a bit of sugar, and roast them for 10 minutes.  Then mix into the brownie batter and bake as you normally would.  I tried the brownie batter in the original recipe and it was okay, but it doesn’t come close to my favorite recipe.  The version below is adapted with my preferred brownie base and extra cherries.  Hurry up and take advantage of cherry season while you still can!


2 cups fresh cherries, pitted and halved
1¼ cups plus 2 tbsp. sugar, divided
5 oz. semisweet or bittersweet chocolate, chopped
2 oz. unsweetened chocolate, chopped
8 tbsp. unsalted butter, cut into quarters
3 tbsp. cocoa powder
3 large eggs
2 tsp. vanilla extract
½ tsp. salt
1 cup all-purpose flour


  • 01

    Preheat the oven to 450˚ F.  Combine the cherries and 2 tablespoons of the sugar in a small roasting pan and toss well to combine.  Roast the cherries for 10 minutes, or until they begin to release their juices.  Remove the pan from the oven and reduce the oven temperature to 350˚ F.

  • 02

    Line a 9 x 9-inch baking pan with foil.  Lightly spray the foil with cooking spray.

  • 03

    In a heatproof bowl set over a pan of barely simmering water, melt the chocolate and butter, stirring occasionally until smooth.  Whisk in the cocoa powder until smooth.  Set aside to cool.

  • 04

    In a medium bowl, combine the eggs, remaining sugar, vanilla and salt; whisk until combined, about 15 seconds.  Whisk in the warm chocolate mixture until incorporated.  Then stir in the flour with a wooden spoon until just combined.  Gently fold in the roasted cherries.  Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and spread with a spatula to make an even layer.  Bake until slightly puffed and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with a small amount of sticky crumbs clinging to it, about 35 minutes.  Transfer the pan to a wire rack and let cool to room temperature, about 2 hours.

  • 05

    Remove the brownies from the pan using the foil and transfer to a cutting board.  Cut into squares as desired.  Store in an air-tight container.


  • i love cherries and chocolate…these look so awesome! must make!

  • I need to make these soon. They look so yummy!

  • Gwyn

    These look amazing!!!!

  • Irene

    This is great Annie! I am currently addicted to cherries. I have been eating them everyday and eating Cherry Garcia Froyo every night! I think I am going to turn into a cherry!

  • You wouldn’t happen to have a lot of cherries on your hands would you? I’ve got a bunch of sour cherries in my freezer…I wonder if those would work in this…I mean I know they’d work, I just wonder if it would be worth eating. :)

  • I saw these and wanted to make them too – now I realllllly want to make them! Loving all the cherry recipes you’ve been posting!

  • now I know what to do with the cherries sitting in my fridge between this and the crostini I think I’m set for the weekend! :)

  • Andrea Fogt

    Mmm, can’t wait to make these vegan :)

  • These are so pretty.

  • I made so many brownies in a really short space of time a while ago that I actually got sick of them and haven’t made them since, but this recipe’s convinced me it’s time to start again! Yummy looking post, as always :)

  • I think I’ve found my husband’s new favorite brownie. These look amazing and I can’t wait to try them. We just pitted 7 1/2 pounds of cherries on Wednesday :)

  • Yum!! This recipe makes me glad I live in Michigan since we have a bajillion of cherries around here!

  • O.M.G. My husband is allergic to raw cherries, so I don’t use them too much, but this is perfect! I cannot WAIT to try!

  • oh my gosh, these look fantastic, FANTASTIC! I absolutely adore chocolate and cherries together, a winning combo. They look brilliantly gooey inside as well, think I shall make these soon! :)

  • They look amazing!!! I love chocolate and cherries combined!!!

  • Amy

    Mmmm! These look delicious!

  • You really didnt need to say more, your fabulously tempting photos say it all :) they look PERFECT texturally and just so comfortingly naughty. Lovely recipe indeed

  • Cherries and brownies are some of my favorites. Looks great together :)

  • Looks so yummy. Everything I love in a brownie

  • Traci Howard

    WONDERFUL WONDERFUL WONDERFUL!!!! I made these today, along with the Vanilla Bean Ice Cream! WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW!!!!!! Thank you again for sharing!

  • Jen

    We already had Harry & David cherries in the fridge, so how could I not make these brownies? They are fantastic– great texture and rich flavor. Since discovering your blog, I have baked more in the last month than in the last 6 months. Everything has turned out exceptionally well. Thanks for sharing these recipes!

  • Roasting cherries is such a wonderful idea.. and adding them to brownie even better! Love this recipe, thanks for sharing!

  • This sounds awesome! Great idea!

  • Pam

    At my wedding (21+ years ago), we had a spectacular chocolate cake that had cherry filling. Everyone commented on how delicious it was. These brownies remind me of that. I never thought of adding the cherry flavor for a brownie. Brilliant!

  • Louann Zundel

    Sooo delicious and fudgey. The roasted cherries are a great addition and the brownies themselves are one of the best I have ever baked. To punch up the cherry flavor a bit, I may add some cherry extract next time. Thank you for such wonderful recipes!

  • These look so amazing – I never would have thought of adding cherries to brownies either! But so great at this time of year when they’re in season

  • Ruchita

    I had some extra cherries and all the other ingredients on hand, so I made these brownies yesterday. They were delicious and very easy to make. The cherries really take them to the next level. Thanks for sharing!

  • Ohhh my goodness! I would have never thought to put roasted cherries in brownies! genius!

  • Mary

    Another winner. These brownies are fabulous.

  • HOLY McMOLY! These look amazing!

  • Kim

    I pitted and froze a bunch of cherries, do you think the recipe would turn out by using frozen cherries? Should I roast longer?

  • Annie

    I don’t see why not, but I haven’t tried it so you’ll just have to experiment. Good luck and enjoy!

  • Jessa

    Sounds spectacular. Now I have a substitute recipe for my old favorite…brownies made with cherry-essence prunes. Sunsweet discontinued them. There was an orange variety too, and those fruit-essence prunes, cut in half, were an unbelievably good brownie edition. I’ll try this recipe now instead. Thanks!

  • I finally got around to baking these today. They are delicious! The cherries made a perfect compliment to the chocolate brownies. Another big hit.

  • I made these this week and they were INCREDIBLE! I made my husband take most of them to work, otherwise we would have eaten them all ourselves!

    Thanks for an amazing recipe

  • Liz

    Delicious!! My husband love cherries so I made these for him. I think the roasted cherries would be delicious in just about anything (Greek yogurt, ice cream, etc). I will definitely use the brownie recipe again without the cherries too.

  • Mary


    These brownies look wonderful! I want to bring them in for a party at work. Have you ever converted this to a double batch? What size pan would I use and any idea on how much longer it would take to cook? Thanks!

  • Annie

    I would just use a 9 x 13 pan. Not sure on the baking time…it shouldn’t be too different from the original, but you’ll just have to test it.

  • Sarah

    Made these tonight! I had a little bit of leftover semisweet chocolate so I chopped that up and threw it in the brownie batter at the very end…I don’t think you can ever go wrong with extra chocolate :)

  • Shannon

    Oh wow I just stumbled upon your website looking for a good brownie recipe and these look delicious! Since it’s winter, if you take out the cherries and just make it as a regular brownie recipe, do you think it would turn out alright?

  • Anonymous


  • I bookmarked this recipe a while back and just finally made these brownies – holy cow they’re amazing!!! :)

  • Holy crap, Annie! I’m one who usually just sticks with the boxed brownie stuff, but not anymore! These brownies are amazing! With or without the cherries, I’m sold. Ben’s having friends over tonight to watch the baseball all-star game (yawwwn), so I’m supposed to save these for them. But, at this point, they’ll be lucky if they get here and there are any leftover. :)

  • Kristin

    Okay, absolutely incredible. The flavor is reminiscent of a cake my husband’s mom makes — boxed chocolate cake mix, after baking poke holes in it and pour Hershey’s hot fugde over the cake, then top it with cherry pie filling and cool whip. Since cutting out box mixes, etc., I have been looking for something to replace his old family favorite. These roasted cherry brownies surely are it! Soooo delicious!

  • Krysten

    Oh my gosh – I printed this recipe well over a year ago and forgot about it until this last weekend. I made them on Saturday afternoon…. ummmm holy cow! Best brownies ever. I LOVE cherries/chocolate, thank you Annie for another fabulous recipe!

  • Carrie Stratton

    I just made these with sour cherries and I can honestly say that these are the best brownies I have ever had in my life. SO YUM!