Chocolate Cherry Chunk Brownies Recipe

Ever since I was little, I have loved chocolate-covered cherries. My husband, on the other hand, hates them. So when I whipped up these brownies a week ago, I had to eat the whole pan by myself.  It was a hard job, but someone had to do it!
If you love chocolates and cherries together, this is the brownie for you.  The cherry-chocolate filling tastes just like Ben and Jerry’s Cherry Garcia ice cream (which is a personal fave of mine!) . . . I am pretty sure I could have just eaten the filling straight out of the bowl with a big spoon. It was so yummy.

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Serves: 20

Chocolate Cherry Chunk Brownies Recipe

10 minPrep Time

20 minCook Time

30 minTotal Time

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  • Brownie layer:
  • 1 brownie mix, prepared as directed on package
  • Cherry-Chocolate layer:
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chunks, chopped into small pieces (chips would work too)
  • 1 (6 ounce) jar of maraschino cherries
  • Chocolate layer:
  • 2 1/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup butter


  1. Prepare brownies and bake as directed on the box. Let cool.
  2. In the bowl of a mixer, combine butter and 4-5 tablespoons of juice from the maraschino cherries. Beat until the butter is smooth. Slowly add powdered sugar and beat until combined.
  3. Increase mixer speed to medium high and beat for about a minute and a half. Remove cherries from the jar and give them a rough chop (you can use as many as you liked- I used about 1/2 cup of chopped cherries, which was the whole jar). Roughly chop your chocolate chunks and fold it into the filling with the cherries. Spread over the top of cooled brownies.
  4. Melt chocolate chips and butter together in the microwave for 30 seconds. Stir, and repeat for 30 more seconds. Continue to do this until chocolate is smooth and melted. Spread over cherry-chocolate layer. Let set up until hardened (stick in the fridge if you need them set up faster) and then cut and serve.

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28 Responses to “Chocolate Cherry Chunk Brownies Recipe”

  1. Mine came out just about perfect. Here is what I changed:

    1.Use 3 T juice for the icing (more juice will come from the chopped cherries as they are worked in to the icing).
    2. Freeze for about an hour after the cherry layer is added (it needs to be really cold so the warm chocolate doesn't melt the cherry layer).
    3. Finally, every person who tried this agreed it was way too much chocolate on top, (I followed the recipe exactly) it was thicker than a Hershey bar! Next time I would use half the chocolate and have either a thin layer on top or just a really pretty drizzle. Since there is chocolate in every layer I sincerely doubt it would be missed. Hope this helps
  2. I disliked these strongly. My mother asked me to make these on a whim since they looked so good. Needless to say, they were nasty. The chocolate was way over the top in quantity and the frosting was too sweet. No one in my family liked them even though we're all huge chocolate covered cherry fans. Waste of energy and money. I won't be making these again.
  3. I just made these last night for a gingerbread house decorating party we had last night ... seriously AMAZING! Everyone couldn't get enough of them!!!! As Karli mentioned aboved, the top chocolate layer was too thick (that didn't stop anyone from gobbling them up though!). Next time I will make a very thin layer of chocolate on top.

  4. I made these last night and they turned out really well! I did make some changes though after reading other comments.
    1. For the cherry layer, I used 10 ounces of cherries, 3 tablespoons of juice, and I taste tested as I added the powdered sugar and decided to stop at 3 cups. It tastes like cherry frosting, not Cherry Garcia, to me though.
    2. I only made 2/3 of the top chocolate layer (1/2 c butter and 1 1/2 c chocolate chips). And I put the pan in the freezer before added the top layer so it didn't melt the cherry layer. I think it was probably easier to cut them while they were frozen as well.

    I made them for a bake sale, so I haven't heard what others thought of them yet, but I thought they were delicious!
  5. These were a big hit with a few changes. I simmered all the juice from the maraschino cherry bottle to reduce it to 5 T. This concentrated the flavor and kept the frosting layer from being runny. I cooled the juice before adding it to one stick (1/2 cup) of butter. Halving the butter was unintentional, but it turned out great. For the chocolate layer, I used all the chocolate, but only 1/2 cup butter. It was a thick layer of chocolate, but no one complained. Next time, I might just add more chocolate to the cherry layer or sprinkle chocolate chips over it instead of doing the melted chocolate layer. I cooled the brownies overnight before adding the cherry layer. I also let the cherry layer harden a bit before adding the chocolate. This was sufficient for February, but I imagine they cherry and chocolate layers would be a gooey mess in a warmer month.

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