Chocolate Cherry Brownies

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The perfect Christmas brownie recipe for my fellow cherry cordial fans, these Chocolate Cherry Brownies feature cherry cordials baked right into the brownie and then used to top a rich cherry buttercream frosting, before being drizzled all over with milk chocolate. It’s pure chocolate cherry decadence!

A decadent cherry chocolate brownie recipe for cherry cordial fans, this rich homemade brownie features cherry cordials baked into the batter and then chopped and sprinkled overtop of a maraschino cherry buttercream frosting, before being drizzled with milk chocolate.

Cherry Cordial Brownies Recipe

Does your family have certain holiday treats that you always have to purchase every year?

For us, it’s Christmas M&Ms and Cherry Cordials. The minute they hit the shelves, we are loading them into our shopping carts.

This year, I went a little overboard buying one too many boxes of cherry cordials, so I did what I always do: I turned them into a new dessert!

These cherry cordial brownies feature a rich, fudgy homemade brownie with cherry cordials baked right in, resulting in gooey, chocolatey bursts throughout the brownie and of course, that vibrant punch of cherry flavor.

We didn’t stop there, though. I had to make a maraschino cherry buttercream frosting and then top these brownies with chopped up cherry cordials and melted milk chocolate. The result is a decadent dessert that will put a smile on any cherry cordial lover’s face.

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Cherry Cordial Brownie Ingredients

For the cherry frosting:

For the garnish:

Scroll down to the printable recipe card for full measurements.

Tip: swap out the homemade brownie recipe for boxed brownie mix, if desired.

Kitchen Tools You May Find Helpful

  • Electric mixer <– this is a great hand mixer if you don’t want to make the investment into a stand mixer
  • Measuring Cups and Spoons
  • 9″ x 9″ casserole dish <– I love these Pyrex dishes with fitted lids for easy transportation to parties or leftover storage
  • Mixing Bowl
  • Sharp kitchen knife
  • Spatula <– I like these spatulas because they are one solid piece and don’t have removable heads for bacteria to get trapped underneath. Plus they are heat-resistant and have a lifetime warranty.
  • Microwave-safe bowl
  • Saucepan

How to Make Chocolate Cherry Brownies

Preheat oven to 350F

Grease and line a 9″ x 9″ baking dish

In a large mixing bowl, combine the sugar and butter until light and fluffy, 2 minutes.

Add the eggs and vanilla and beat until incorporated.

In a separate medium-sized bowl, combine the cocoa powder, flour, salt and baking powder. Stir until mixed.

Add half of the dry ingredients into the butter-sugar mixture, beat well, then add remaining half.

Fold the mixture into the prepared baking dish and then place the cherry cordials sporadically among the brownies.

Bake for 25-30 minutes, until the center is firm to the touch and the edges are crisp and pull away from the edges of the pan.

Meanwhile, combine the cherry frosting ingredients, adjusting the consistency by adding more milk or powdered sugar, as needed.

Once the brownies are cool, spread the cherry frosting overtop using an offset spatula.

Sprinkle the chopped cherry cordials over the cherry frosting.

In a small microwave-safe bowl, melt the chocolate chips for 35 seconds, stir well, and reheat as needed until completely melted. Stir in the shortening to loosen up the chocolate to make it easier to drizzle.

Drizzle the chocolate over the brownies.

Let set fully before cutting and serving.

 

Pin this Cherry Cordial Brownie recipe for your holiday baking:

How to make cherry cordial brownies, the ultimate dessert for cherry cordial fans. Rich, fudgy chocolate brownies with cherry cordials baked into the batter and then chopped and sprinkled over a homemade cherry frosting. The perfect Christmas brownie recipe!

Grab your free printable for our homemade chocolate cherry brownies recipe:

Yield: 9 brownies

Chocolate Cherry Brownies

Chocolate Cherry Brownies

A decadent cherry chocolate brownie recipe for cherry cordial fans, this rich homemade brownie features cherry cordials baked into the batter and then chopped and sprinkled overtop of a maraschino cherry buttercream frosting, before being drizzled with milk chocolate.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 28 minutes
Additional Time 15 minutes
Total Time 53 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 9-12 cherry cordials

For the cherry frosting:

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 cups powdered icing sugar
  • 2 teaspoons maraschino cherry syrup (or grenadine)
  • 1-2 Tablespoons milk or cream, as desired

For the garnish:

  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 Tablespoons shortening
  • 9 cherry cordials, chopped

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. Grease and line a 9" x 9" baking dish
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine the sugar and butter until light and fluffy, 2 minutes.
  4. Add the eggs and vanilla and beat until incorporated.
  5. In a separate medium-sized bowl, combine the cocoa powder, flour, salt and baking powder. Stir until mixed.
  6. Add half of the dry ingredients into the butter-sugar mixture, beat well, then add remaining half.
  7. Fold the mixture into the prepared baking dish and then place the cherry cordials sporadically among the brownies.
  8. Bake for 25-30 minutes, until the center is firm to the touch and the edges are crisp and pull away from the edges of the pan.
  9. Meanwhile, combine the cherry frosting ingredients, adjusting the consistency by adding more milk or powdered sugar, as needed.
  10. Once the brownies are cool, spread the cherry frosting overtop using an offset spatula.
  11. Sprinkle the chopped cherry cordials over the cherry frosting.
  12. In a small microwave-safe bowl, melt the chocolate chips for 35 seconds, stir well, and reheat as needed until completely melted. Stir in the shortening to loosen up the chocolate to make it easier to drizzle.
  13. Drizzle the chocolate over the brownies.
  14. Let set fully before cutting and serving.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

9

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 668Total Fat: 34gSaturated Fat: 20gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 104mgSodium: 492mgCarbohydrates: 93gFiber: 3gSugar: 79gProtein: 4g

Sugar, Spice and Glitter uses an auto-generate nutrition calculator. Nutrition information isn’t always accurate unless analyzed in a scientific lab, so these should be considered more of a guideline than medical information.

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