Friday, April 22, 2011

White House Brownies

Like most people, when I cook, I take a lot of liberties with the recipes I use. However, when I bake, I usually follow recipes to a T. But this week, I decided to give it a shot and bake something completely on the fly as a little housewarming snack for my friend Chantal.

At first I wasn't sure how I felt about these, but once they cooled, the flavors really developed they became a favorite. As you may know, I love all things cherry. Chocolate covered cherries are my favorite candy. Cherry vanilla ice cream is my favorite ice cream. Chocolate cherry cupcakes are my favorite cupcakes. And now...chocolate cherry brownies are my new favorite brownie.

Chocolate Cherry Brownies
Makes 12
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) of butter, room temperature
  • 2/3 cups sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup pureed maraschino cherries
  • 2/3 cups flour

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Butter and flour a 9x9" baking pan and set aside. Beat butter and both sugars in a large bowl until fluffy.

Add eggs one at a time, beating to blend after each addition. Stir in cocoa, salt, and maraschino cherries.

Add flour, stir just to blend. Pour batter into prepared pan.

Bake until tester inserted into center comes out clean, about 30 minutes. Cool completely in pan on rack.


  1. The cherries in this remind me of the cherry bomb cupcakes from the Cherry Bomb bakery that didn't quite last a year in Brighton Center. They used whole cherries in a pink cake, but that's the only other place I've seen them used in baked goods.

  2. I love chocolate and cherries together, and these would probably be on the top of my brownie list too!

  3. I love chocolate covered cherries too. What a fantastic idea to make a brownie with those yummy flavors put together. I have a sweet treat linky party going on at my blog and I'd like to invite you to stop by and link your brownies up.