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First Published: July 6, 2012… Last Updated: August 17, 2020

Black Forest Brownies have a deep dark chocolate flavor packed with fresh cherries. These fudgy brownie bars are a chocolate cherry lovers dream. It is a simple dessert that is rich and elegant and it doesn’t break the calorie bank. 

When asked what my favorite type of dessert would be, the answer would be soft cookies (like this Soft Blueberry Cookie), bars, or brownies. Having said that the number of recipes for those types of sweets on this website alone accounts for that fact! These Black Forest Brownies being one of my favorite brownie recipes.

Black Forest Brownies on a wood serving block

A Passion For Baking Brownies

I have made it my quest to make as many types of brownies possible. There is something about the fudgy, chewiness of them that I can’t resist. While I don’t bake anywhere near as much as I used to, I will often times wish for something yummy like these Black Forest Brownies and as you can see, I didn’t resist this time.  

Where Did Black Forest Brownies Come From

These brownies are a riff from the Black Forest Cake, which is a dessert that is originated in Germany. Black Forest Cake is a chocolate sponge cake layered with whipped cream and maraschino cherries. These Black Forest Brownies are a lighter take on the cake, without the whipped cream (although it is optional!).

1 cup pitted cherries

What You Need To Make This Recipe

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Dutch Processed Baking Cocoa is my favorite choice for cocoa powder, this is my very favorite brand.

Bread flour for a chewy brownie.

Fresh Cherries

A Cherry Pitter makes removing the cherry pits a breeze!

Tips and Substitutions

  • When removing the cherry pit with the cherry pitter, be sure to aim into a glass. This will pop the pit into the glass and reduce cherry spray and stain.
  • Measure the cherries before pitting and quartering.
  • Substitute all purpose flour for bread flour, however, expect the brownies to be less fudgy.
  • Use almond extract for vanilla extract or eliminate the extract and use a tablespoon of cherry kirsch.
  • Substitute semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips for the milk chocolate
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Black Forest Brownies

Rich and fudgy brownies full of fresh cherries.
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Course: Desserts
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 16
Author: Shelby Law Ruttan

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter melted
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup bread flour
  • 1/2 cup dutch process cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup cherries pitted and quartered
  • 1/3 cup milk chocolate chips

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Line a 8×8 pan with tinfoil and spray with cooking spray.  Set aside. In a microwave safe bowl, melt the butter for 30 seconds until almost melted.  
  • Stir in the sugar and vanilla.  Set aside to cool for 5 minutes. Whisk the eggs into the sugar mixture.
  • In a separate bowl combine the flour, cocoa powder, and salt.  Add to the wet mixture and stir until combined.  Fold in cherries and chocolate chips.  
  • Pour the black forest brownie batter into into the prepared pan and bake for 35 minutes or until top of the brownie is no longer wet.  

Notes

Tips and Substitutions

  • When removing the cherry pit with the cherry pitter, be sure to aim into a glass. This will pop the pit into the glass and reduce cherry spray and stain.
  • Measure the cherries before pitting and quartering.
  • Substitute all purpose flour for bread flour, however, expect the brownies to be less fudgy.
  • Use almond extract for vanilla extract or eliminate the extract and use a tablespoon of cherry kirsch.
  • Substitute semi-sweet or dark chocolate chips for the milk chocolate

About the Author: Shelby Law Ruttan

Shelby is the author/owner of Grumpy's Honeybunch. Established in 2007, she shares and preserves family recipes as well as recipes for cooking light and keto. She is an experienced, self-taught home cook who loves to share recipes with others. You can see her work on websites such as Veal Made Easy, Parade, Community Table, SoFab Food, Yummly, and FoodGawker.

5 Comments

  1. Pegasuslegend July 6, 2012 at 12:29 pm - Reply

    Hope all is well with you and you had a great fourth! These as usual look fabulous I bet with Black Cherry ice cream and some chocolate syrup it would be another huge dessert hit!

  2. Amy July 6, 2012 at 9:05 pm - Reply

    This sounds like a perfect treat for me. Fresh cherries and fudgy chocolate goodness…count me in any time. Yes, they sounds great in a parfait!

  3. Helene July 9, 2012 at 4:31 am - Reply

    What a delicious treat. I have never made one with cherries.

  4. mickeydownunder March 11, 2014 at 2:04 am - Reply

    G'day! Love black forest cake and love brownies too!
    You have combined two of my faves to create WOW…great photo! True!
    Cheers! Joanne
    http://whatsonthelist.net.au

  5. Miriah October 15, 2019 at 6:14 am - Reply

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