Not Your Average Brownie Recipe – Double Chocolate Cherry Brownies

by Pamela

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What do you do when your mouth starts writing checks your brain and body can’t cash? I put the call out that I was looking for tart cherries and one of my wonderful friends jumped in to help. In my delirium (I was unable to get tart cherries at all last year, which seriously bummed me out.), I said YES, YES, YES…a thousand times YES! And got what seemed like a 1,000 pounds of cherries. Not quite a thousand…but 16 pounds to be more precise. Now what? A chocolate cherry brownie recipe, that’s what.

I spent 2 hours de-stemming and pitting all those cherries. Trust me, there is no way to make that chore fun – NONE! But I was left with 3 gigantic bags of tart cherries to have my way with and some seriously stained fingers and nails (so much for that manicure I finally broke down and got). Let’s just say…in the coming months you will be seeing a lot of recipes using tart cherries.

Chocolate Brownies With White and Dark Chocolate and Tart Cherries

So let’s start things off with this double chocolate cherry brownie recipe…shall we?

I’m all for healthy eating but this brownie recipe contains nothing that will help you lose weight, make your hair grow faster, your nails be stronger or add good bacteria to your gut to make you more “regular.” They’re not gluten free, dairy free, vegan or sugar free. They will not assure you passage into heaven, fix your financial problems or unplug your toilet. They’re chocolate brownies. They’re damn delicious and might just make you start moaning with delight (yes, they’re just that good).

I’m getting so tired of seeing a brownie recipe (or cookie and cake recipe for that matter) listed as being “so delicious you won’t believe it doesn’t have any flour, sugar, eggs or chocolate in it.” Guess what? I’ve made it, and I CAN BELIEVE THOSE THINGS AREN’T IN IT. So just stop it!  Go ahead and make them like that, I do, but please stop trying to foist those recipes off on people that are looking for a real chocolate brownie experience.

Double Chocolate Brownie Recipe

<soap box removed>

This is a riff on an older recipe from Green and Black’s chocolate, so I can’t take full credit for it, but I changed up a lot of it. It now contains more dark chocolate, along with the addition of white chocolate chunks (hence, the double chocolate in the name). Since almonds are a perfect match up with both chocolate and cherries, I added almond extract to goodies. Then there’s the cherries. I used tart cherries (duh) so that there was a bit of tart to cut through all that sweetness. You could use regular Bing cherries in this if you want. But I highly recommend the tart cherries. Just about the time it’s getting to be a bit too sweet, you’ll bite into that tart cherry.

Screw the diet and make someone (yourself) ridiculously happy with a pan of these chocolate brownies. You’ll be glad you did. (These things hadn’t even cooled before Craig had already shoveled 3 forkfuls into his mouth. I was lucky I had anything left I could take pictures of. I almost ended up with a brownie recipe photo that looked like this. – see link)

Not Your Average Brownie Recipe - Double Chocolate Cherry Brownies
 
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A chocolate cherry combo you'll love. Dark chocolate, white chocolate, tart cherries and almond make a brownie recipe that will leave the rest in the dust.
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 24
Ingredients
  • 1⅓ Cups Butter (unsalted)
  • 12 Ounce Bag Dark Chocolate Chips (not to exceed 70% cocoa)
  • 1¾ Cups Sugar
  • 5 Large Eggs
  • 1½ Teaspoons Vanilla Extract
  • 1½ Teaspoons Almond Extract
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1¾ Cups All Purpose Flour
  • 2 100 Gram Bars White Chocolate (roughly chopped into chunks)
  • 8 Ounces Drained Tart Cherries
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Farenheit.
  2. Grease a 9x11 pan and set aside.
  3. Melt butter and chocolate chips together either in a double boiler or in the microwave. (If using the microwave, chop butter into chunks and add chocolate. Heat on High in 30 second intervals and stir between each heat session until melted.)
  4. In a large mixing bowl, beat sugar eggs, vanilla and almond extract.
  5. Slowly add melted chocolate and butter to egg and sugar mixture and beat to incorporate.
  6. Slowly add the flour and salt to the mixer and continue beating until thoroughly mixed.
  7. Sprinkle the cherries with a bit of flour and stir to coat them (this helps to keep them from settling on the bottom of the pan).
  8. Stir the cherries and white chocolate chunks into the brownie batter.
  9. Pour into the greased pan and spread the mixture so that it's level.
  10. Bake for 30-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  11. Let cool.
Notes
These brownies are pretty rich, so you can cut them into small pieces and no one will complain. And if they do, ignore them...you'll be blissing out while eating your brownie.

 

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5 comments

Eva June 26, 2013 at 5:55 am

Ok, these are making my tummy rumble, they look soooo tasty. I made some super healthy gluten free brownies and they turned out really super tasty.

Belinda @zomppa June 18, 2013 at 10:48 pm

That is straight up commitment! Cherry chocolate is pretty much one of the best marriages out there.

Pamela June 19, 2013 at 8:29 am

Hi Belinda,

A-MEN!!!!!

Debi Shawcross June 18, 2013 at 6:42 pm

Always looking for new ways to put my cherry pitter to work. It will pit 4 at once, so I should be able to whip together a batch of these sinful brownies in no time!

Pamela June 18, 2013 at 8:04 pm

Hi Debi,

For this batch I ended up buying one of those Leifheit pitters that will do 24 lbs. in an hour. The only other pitter I have is the one that does them one at a time…and that wasn’t going to happen. It was still boring, staining, tedious work, but I got them all done. 🙂 ENJOY! These things are ridiculously sinful, but totally worth it. 🙂

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