Sour Cherry Brownies

Jennifer, Bake or Break

Brownies are one of my favorite things to bake for many reasons. First of all, they are simple and quick to make. Secondly, and maybe most importantly, it’s all about the chocolate.

While I do like the purist approach of chocolate-only, no add-ins brownies, one of the great things about brownies is their versatility. There are so many things that can be added to take them to over-the-top status.

In this recipe, dried sour cherries do that trick. The cherries add chewiness and also tartness to go along with a good dose of dark chocolate.

Dark Chocolate-Sour Cherry Brownie
By Jennifer
Makes 16 2-inch brownies


1/2 cup dried sour cherries, chopped
1 cup plus 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour, divided
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°F. 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.

In a microwave-safe bowl, 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 toothpick inserted in the center comes out with moist crumbs.

Cool completely in pan before cutting into bars.

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  1. Nan said:

    I definitely want to try these!

  2. liz said:

    I can attest to the deliciousness of this recipe! Consider this mouth watered!

  3. Shearone said:

    Words cannot describe how sinfully delicious these brownies are! I lined my baking pan with foil, greased the foil, baked and allowed to cool. Lifted foil out, cut into squares and then into triangles. I am a member of the Allstar team.

  4. Shearone said:

    I am quoting my husband and his reaction to these brownies: “Man, these brownies really grab your tongue!” lol – He loved them!

  5. Angie said:

    I’m one of the AllRecipes All Stars too…these are insanely good. I’d never made brownies with anything but cocoa before, but these are definitely worth the extra bowl…I can’t even say extra step because it’s not harder to do them this way. These are a keeper for sure!

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  7. Deb C. said:

    Now this is a gourmet brownie for the serious chocoholic. Yum. The girls are going to love ’em.

  8. Sarah Kornbrek said:

    I thought these tasted good. They weren’t as good as my favorite recipe from Allrecipes, especially for the calories, but still not bad. I am not sure I really liked the combination of dried fruit in a brownie. I am not a big fan of dried fruit to begin with though. The texture of the brownie to the fruit was really contrasting to the bite. This is definitely, more of a cake brownie. It is not a very sweet. The sweetest part to me was the cherries. I used dried bing cheeries, as that is what my local grocery store carries. Not something I would make again, but it was an interesting brownie combination to try anyhow.

  9. Beckie Bergeron said:

    As a member of the Allrecipes Allstar team, I had the pleasure of preparing this brownie recipe. They were simple to make and really good. After reading reviews that some people didn’t care for the dried fruit texture, I steeped the cherries in hot water for a few minutes and drained well. This step produced a plump cherry in the brownies that added to the decadence.

  10. apple.strudel said:

    These are wonderful brownies with a little twist! Love the addition of the cherries. I cut these into 1 inch bite size cubes for a work potluck. I just know these are going to be a hit.

  11. Sonja said:

    Okay, these are SO AMAZING that I’ve just made my second batch! I’ll have to spend some extra time at the gym, but they are so worth it. The butter really stands out in this recipe. The brownies are SO decadent. I will be making them a third time, for certain!

  12. Peggi Anne Tebben said:

    I made these today & hubby loved them & they were good but I am not a fan of dark chocolate.

  13. Sarah Stone said:

    I’ve made these brownies twice w/in a week! They’re insanely rich but a bit dry. I plan on making them again but with some changes as I like my brownies a bit chewy.

  14. mis7up said:

    Let me say hands down, a great recipe. It’s probably one of the 1st recipes I’ve made from scratch that didn’t crust up and have completely hard edges…a plus in my book. I loved the way they tasted as well as the richness of the dark chocolate. I didn’t find mine to be cakey at all and I liked the slight sweetness the fruit give the brownies without being sugarery. Thick n’ moist brownies..yum! I loved the contrast of the fruit in the recipe as well as my hubby and few friends I shared with on card night. I had thought about plumping my fruit up in the beginning but thought “nah” I’ll try it the 1st time with the way the recipe stated. I’ll totally try plumping the fruit up the next time. Because there will be a next time. I’m a total fan!