Roasted Cherry Brownies

These Roasted Cherry Brownies are rich, fudgy, and immensely chocolate. The oven roasted cherries add a burst of sweetness you’ll love!

These Roasted Cherry Brownies are rich, fudgy, and immensely chocolate. The oven roasted cherries add a burst of sweetness you'll love!There’s just something about the fresh produce in the summertime that makes me want to put it in everything. It seems like a crime to use chocolate chips or toffee bits as a flavor enhancer when I have piles of gorgeous strawberries, cherries, peaches, plums, and raspberries winking at me from all over the kitchen.

The result of this fruit flirtation? A whole lot of fruity, perfect for summer desserts.

I live in San Diego, and while it’s been above-average hot around here (80s), I know it’s WAAAY above average hot in most places. Hence, most of you don’t wanna turn on your ovens, and you want something light. Um, sorry.

These Roasted Cherry Brownies are rich, fudgy, and immensely chocolate. The oven roasted cherries add a burst of sweetness you'll love!

These are rich, decadent, and chocolatey, and you must turn on your oven to bring out the incredible sweetness of those cherries (and to bake the brownies, of course). So please jack on your air conditioning, or do this at night – these need to be tasted.

I don’t know why putting fruit into a brownie seemed like such a weird concept to me, especially roasted fruit. (For those that were skeptics of roasted fruit on my Instagram, OMG…just don’t be. It’s the best.) All my doubts about the brownies were shot when I took my first bite. The brownies are ultra-decadent and the pop of juiciness and cherry flavor is simply put, the cherry on top.

This brownie recipe is one of my favorites because it creates an ultra-fudgy, ultra-chocolatey brownie without having to melt down chocolate. It’s all cocoa powder! It comes together quickly in one bowl, and besides the roasting time of the cherries, the whole thing takes less than 5 minutes to throw together. That’s my kind of recipe (AKA a lazy girl recipe).

These Roasted Cherry Brownies are rich, fudgy, and immensely chocolate. The oven roasted cherries add a burst of sweetness you'll love!

Theoretically, you could put fresh cherries in, but the roasting brings out a lot of the flavor, sweetness, and most importantly, releases some of the juices. with fresh cherries, they may release too much juice and your brownies may be TOO fudgy. Experiment at your own risk!

Now, I know some of you are worried about the pesky task of pitting those darn cherries. For that task, I use my handy dandy OXO cherry pitter which makes the task simple and quick. However, before I got that tool, I did it the old fashioned way: slice in half with a knife, pull out the pit – bam. The recipe only calls for 1 cup of cherries, so the task shouldn’t be too hard. I promise, the result is worth it!

Hope you guys get your hands on some cherries and bake up a pan of these sweet summery brownies! Enjoy :)

These Roasted Cherry Brownies are rich, fudgy, and immensely chocolate. The oven roasted cherries add a burst of sweetness you'll love!

Roasted Cherry Brownies
  • 10 tablespoons (1¼ sticks) unsalted butter
  • 1¼ cups granulated sugar (8.75 oz, or 250g)
  • ¾ cups plus 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder (2.5oz, or 70g)
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour (weighing nearly 2.5 ounces or 65 grams)
  • 1 cup fresh cherries, stemmed, pitted and halved
  1. Position a rack in the lower third of the oven and preheat oven to 450F. Place cherries on a lined baking sheet and bake in preheated oven for about 10 minutes, or until cherries are starting to release their juices. Remove from the oven and let cool in the refrigerator while preparing the remainder of the recipe.
  2. Reduce oven temperature to 350F. Line an 8-by-8-inch baking pan with aluminum foil leaving overhang on the sides, spray with cooking spray; set pan aside.
  3. In a large microwave-safe bowl, combine butter, sugar, cocoa, optional salt, and heat on high power to melt, about 45 seconds. Stop to stir, and heat in 10-second bursts until mixture has melted and can be stirred smooth. Batter will be very granular.
  4. Add the vanilla, eggs, and stir vigorously until batter is thick, shiny, and well blended. Add the flour and stir until you cannot see it any longer. Fold in the roasted cherries. Spread batter into prepared pan.
  5. Bake until a toothpick in the center emerges slightly moist with batter, about 22-25 minutes. Check with a toothpick - your batch may need a few minutes longer. Do not bake over 30 minutes or brownies will be prone to scorching, burning, turning dry, or setting up too hard. Brownies will firm up as they cool.
  6. Cool brownies completely before cutting into 16 equal squares with a very sharp knife.
  7. Brownies will keep in an airtight container at room temperature or in the refrigerator for up to 1 week, or in the freezer for up to 3 months.



  1. I love the brownie base recipe you used for these, the Alice Medrich recipe, and then with the cherries baked in….wow, so good! I love cherries and of course, brownies!

  2. haha I’ve been putting fruit in everything too lately. And buying a little too much of it at the food store each week! These brownies sound fantastic!

  3. Ohhhhhmergerd. These look freaking fantastic – one of those ‘how did I not think of this???’ recipes. Must try.

  4. Ohhhhh I bet those roasted cherries are to die for! Looks so good, Rachel!

  5. I’ve been drooling over these ever since you shared them on IG… SO GOOD. My mama loves cherries so I’ll have to make these for her — if I can find the strength to share, that is. ;)

  6. These look incredible! I never would have thought to put cherries in brownies! I really love the third picture. :)

  7. Wow, i just recently started liking cherries and this looks amazing

  8. Roasted cherries in brownies sounds like a dream come true!

  9. Chocolate and cherries definitely are a good match! These brownies look so fudgy and amazing! I had to laugh at your first line because I love buying fruit this time of year but I find every way possible to make a healthy fruit finds it way into a not so healthy dessert. You only live once. :)

  10. Yes please :)

  11. My eyes are popping out of my head right now, cartoon-style. No joke. Chocolate and cherries together are a major weakness of mine and these brownies look incredible!

  12. Seriously…I want one, immediately. 2 of my favourite things, chocolate and cherries….Whaaa!
    p.s…buying a cherry pitter!

  13. Baking brownies on 450F seems like an unusually high temperature. Shouldn’t the oven temperature be reduced to somewhere around 350F after the cherries come out?

  14. These are probably two of my favourite things mixed into an ideal dessert. Now to find me some Cherry Ripple Vanilla Ice Cream to go on the side!!

  15. yumm! i’ve never had roasted cherries, but i’m drooling over this recipe.

  16. these look incredible, Rachel! love, love the addition of roasted cherries to chocolatey brownies… so yum!!

  17. I really love the freshness you brought into these brownies with the cherries, the pictures look delicious! :)

  18. Chocolate and cherries. My favourite. Adding these to my “must try” list.

  19. The cherries look so pretty baked into the brownies! Now I know what to do with the cherries we (finally!) have from our tree :-)

  20. Holy moly. These look absolutely incredible. Pinning – and hopefully finding the time to make some soon!

  21. I love chocolate covered cherries so I seriously need to try these brownies! They look delicious!

  22. OH MY GOD! I would never have thought of adding cherry to my brownies, LOVE IT

  23. I bet the cherry brownie combo is awesome. I love experimenting with brownie recipes also. Our heatwave finally broke here in the Northeast, so it’s time to turn on the oven!

  24. Melanie says:

    Thanks soooo much for putting grams in your recipe! Wish more people did that :D I was out of cherries so I used strawberries, still tastes awesome! I’m definitely going to check out more recipes :)

  25. This is the best brownie recipe I’ve ever tried. Definitely making this again very soon. Thanks for sharing!

  26. Had a huge batch of cherries leftover and scoured the internet for a recipe for cherry chocolate brownies. This came out great – made exactly like instructions dictated. But sprinkled some white chocolate chips on top too! Thanks Rachel!

  27. I sent my hubs to the store to get ingredients for these as we’re snowed in for the weekend and really, what better treat could there be!?! But he understood “fresh cherries” to mean marashino cherries. Can I make these work or should I just save the recipe for another day?

    • Hi Shannon – sorry I’m just seeing this! I don’t think marashino cherries would roast very well, but I haven’t tried this. I’d recommend using fresh though, because marashino cherries have so much added sugar it would definitely mask some of the fresh cherry flavor that makes these so wonderful!


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