Chocolate Chip and Cherry Blondies

Have you been buying your weight in summer fruit every time you go to the grocery store or pass a farmers market?

Okay, well I have.

Especially cherries.

I love cherries. They are just so perfect. Their sweetness, their hearty flesh, the chewiness.

The only thing not perfect about them are their little pits. Pits are a PITA.

I do have a cherry pitter but I find it just splatters cherry juice everywhere and doesn’t always poke out the pit. More misfires than proper pokes.

If the cherry pit is slightly off-center, the gadget just stabs the cherry down the middle, misses the pit, and said cherry juice splatters even more, so I tend to just slice the cherries with a paring knife and am pretty fast with that.

I’m also pretty fast with polishing off a one-pound bag of fresh cherries.

But between the watermelon, nectarines, blueberries, grapes, standard issue bananas and apples, and then the cherries, even I was running out room. In both my stomach and crisper drawer.

So I decided to make cherry blondies.

The beauty of this blondie recipe is that it’s fast, one-bowl, and no mixer is required. It’s 4-minute batter.

Melt a stick of butter in a big mixing bowl in the microwave.

Stir in brown sugar, an egg, vanilla, flour; fold in cherries (and maybe a few raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, or blueberries) and chocolate chips and you’re ready to bake.

Fastest batter-making ever.

Everything is better with chocolate chips.

Including cherries.

I almost used white chocolate chips but then thought, no, semi-sweet chocolate and cherries just go together.

After all, dark chocolate-covered cherries are the confections that overpriced Valentine’s Day candy assortment boxes are made of.

Doctor these up with white chocolate chips, add coconut flakes, add most any other type of fruit from peaches to blackberries, fresh or frozen; I’ve tried many combos of fresh, frozen, half-and-half, and things always work out with this blondie base.

Because of the fruit and the fruit juices released while baking, to say they’re moist and juicy is an understatement.

There’s no granulated sugar in them; just brown sugar, and in cookie baking, a higher ratio of brown to white sugar keeps cookies extra soft and moist, and it does the same thing for blondies. It also imparts a caramely-buttery richness that I adore.

The chocolate chips melted everywhere.

Can you say hot juicy beautiful mess?

Cherries and summer fruit never tasted so good.

Chocolate Chip and Cherry Blondies - Soft buttery blondies packed with juicy cherries and chocolate chips!  Having fruit for dessert takes on a whole new meaning!

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Chocolate Chip and Cherry Blondies

These soft blondies are packed with cherries and chocolate chips, and there's big juicy berries in every bite. Fresh or frozen cherries may be used. If using frozen fruit, don't thaw it; stir it in frozen or it will "bleed" into the batter. Baking time is not noticeably effected using frozen. Or try fresh or frozen peaches, nectarines, blackberries, raspberries, blueberries. The blondies are fast and easy to make, and come together in one bowl, no mixer, and are a perfect way to use up your extra ripe fruit.

Yield: one 8x8-inch pan, 9 generous squares

Prep Time: 10 mintues

Cook Time: about 30 minutes

Total Time: about 1 hour, for cooling


1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted (1 stick)

1 cup light brown sugar, packed

1 large egg

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 cup all-purpose flour

1/4 teaspoon salt, optional

3/4 to 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

1 cup cherries (or combination of raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, blackberries; fresh or frozen)


Preheat oven to 350F. Line an 8-by-8-inch pan with aluminum foil, spray with cooking spray; set aside.

In a medium microwave-safe bowl, melt the butter, about 60 seconds.

To the melted butter, add the brown sugar and stir to combine.

Add the egg, vanilla, and stir to combine. Add the flour, salt, and stir until just combined, taking care not to over mix or the blondies will be tough.

Fold in chocolate chips, fruit (I don't halve the cherries: I like them chunky and big), and pour batter into prepared pan, smoothing it lightly with a spatula or offset knife if necessary.

Bake for 27 to 32 minutes, or until edges begin to slightly pull away from sides of pan and center is set. Baking time will vary based on types of fruit used, fresh, frozen, and the moisture content of the fruit; and how gooey you like your blondies. A toothpick inserted into the middle may not come out clean due to the chocolate chips or juicy fruit. Allow bars to cool for at least 1 hour before slicing and serving. Blondies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature or in the refrigerator for up to 1 week or frozen for up to 3 months.

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194 Responses to “Chocolate Chip and Cherry Blondies”

  1. Christina@thebeautifulbalance — July 24, 2012 at 1:00 am (#

    I can’t tell you how much I love this post. Cherries are literally my favorite, well, everything. Haha. I can relate to polishing off a one pound bag by yourself and having purple stained fingers as evidence. I have 3 lbs in my fridge right now. I also have a cherry pitter and face the same problem. I normally put a dish towel over it to avoid staining my clothes.

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — July 24, 2012 at 1:31 am (#

      I am so glad to know it’s not just me with the pitter! I see other bloggers using it and they “race” about it; not me. I have more issues than success with the thing!

  2. Kathryn — July 24, 2012 at 1:23 am (#

    I’m yet to see any nice cherries in these parts but I can’t wait to find some so I can make these blondies! I love that you didn’t skimp on the cherries too!

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — July 24, 2012 at 1:28 am (#

      you can use frozen – or blueberries, peaches, blackberries; whatever you have that’s in abundance, fresh of frozen – trust me, any other time of the year cherries are ungodly expensive and I’d never bake with them; I’d just eat them!

  3. Lynna H. — July 24, 2012 at 1:28 am (#

    These look so juicy and gooood! I mean..real GOOD. With chocolate chips…ahh ♥

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — July 24, 2012 at 1:29 am (#

      the cherry juice just sort of oozed all over – they are so juicy and good :)

  4. j3nn — July 24, 2012 at 1:40 am (#

    Those cherries… they look so… inviting. They have a come hither sort of look, lol.

  5. Baker Street — July 24, 2012 at 2:07 am (#

    WOW! This is totally my kind of treat! Love cherries and chocolate together! I hope you got my email. I sent it a couple of days ago. You won Katie’s book. :)

  6. sally @ sallys baking addiction — July 24, 2012 at 3:17 am (#

    I have a plethora of summer fruit in the fridge right now too! Mango, peaches, plums, grapes, and cherries. These blondies look incredible, Averie. The pictures – so bright and I can just see how juicy those cherries are in each bite. Chocolate + cherries are one fierce combo. And what an easy blondie recipe! I’m definitely going to have to try this. I’m thinking white chocolate + peaches with a heavy dose of cinnamon added to the base. Or I might as well just try your exact version! Love bar cookies, they are too easy!

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — July 24, 2012 at 3:36 am (#

      yes bars are so easy, so much easier than cookies, cupcake, truffles, balls, etc or anything else that needs individual attention or rolling out or individual frosting, i.e. cupcakes. These are so easy; nothing complicated. Like the C.I. recipe for cookies, this IS my go-to blondie recipe, forever. Period :)

  7. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — July 24, 2012 at 3:24 am (#

    These look soooo tasty!! I can’t wait to try them!

  8. marla — July 24, 2012 at 4:01 am (#

    Chocolate and cherry are the ultimate flavor combo ~ these blondes look amazing Averie!

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — July 24, 2012 at 10:26 am (#

      Your cherry shake – I am still thinking about it! We both love our cherries!

  9. Erica — July 24, 2012 at 4:29 am (#

    TOTALLY been buying ridiculous amounts of fruit! I think I’ve only managed one bag of cherries though (need to change that). Deliciousness

  10. katie @ KatieDid — July 24, 2012 at 4:41 am (#

    I’ve been plowing through cherries and mini apricots too, and taking a spoon to a big half of a watermelon when I’m feeling lazy. I love this time of year more than anything.

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — July 24, 2012 at 10:25 am (#

      my last 2 watermelons were mushy duds – I need to find another crisp one!

  11. Heather (Where's the Beach) — July 24, 2012 at 5:28 am (#

    Ok seriously? Those look freaking amazing. I could reach through the screen and just grab one! And now I need to pick up cherries. I’m thinking that’d be a great change to my oatmeal. I haven’t done that in ages

  12. Aimee M — July 24, 2012 at 5:56 am (#

    This might just be the most amazing and delicious looking recipe I’ve ever seen. Everything about it is perfect! I’m drooling.

  13. Christine (The Raw Project) — July 24, 2012 at 6:42 am (#

    Wow, this looks fabulous! Love the of cherries and the bright colors! I’ve been loading up on watermelon lately, but am now craving cherries. :-)

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — July 24, 2012 at 10:24 am (#

      I am *almost* burning out on watermelon after 2 duds of melons, but I am still loving them and just need a non-mushy one!

  14. Michele Sparrow — July 24, 2012 at 6:50 am (#

    We have been buying cherries like crazy around here, too. My boys will sit there and knock out an entire bag together for an afternoon snack. I wish I had the patience to pit the cherries and make something with them because those blondies look outstanding! Beautiful pics, as always, girl! :-)

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — July 24, 2012 at 10:24 am (#

      thanks for the compliments – and use frozen cherries, no pitting required :)

  15. claire @ the realistic nutritionist — July 24, 2012 at 7:31 am (#

    OH MY GAWDDDD. My mouth is watering.

  16. Kris — July 24, 2012 at 7:34 am (#

    running out of room – man, do I know that! I currently have cherries in my freezer, fridge and dehydrator, yes, right now! :D and there are still some on the tree! *sigh* good problem to have.

    pitting IS a pita, but my pitter works pretty well and I’m getting fast at it (after many many hours, I’d hope so!).

    chocolate and cherries just go together, you are right – these sound good!

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — July 24, 2012 at 10:23 am (#

      your ice cream looked great and I am still no faster with my pitter – you just have skills :)

  17. Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel — July 24, 2012 at 7:42 am (#

    My mouth is watering! I love me some chocolate + cherries–you’re right, it is a Valentine’s Day favorite, so why not bake ’em up into my fave dessert ever–blondies :) I’m a blondie girl for sure!

  18. Anna @ On Anna's Plate — July 24, 2012 at 7:48 am (#

    SO pretty!!! All I ever do with cherries is eat them straight up, ha…I never have them long enough to bake with them!! :-)

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — July 24, 2012 at 10:22 am (#

      this is the only time of year I could imagine baking with them – normally they are too precious of a commodity and get eaten as is!

  19. Jocelyn @BruCrew Life — July 24, 2012 at 8:07 am (#

    Oh how I love chocolate and cherry together!!! This is one fine looking blondie…love it!!! And yes, everything is better with chocolate:-)

  20. Caralyn @ glutenfreehappytummy — July 24, 2012 at 9:09 am (#

    oh my gosh, those look dangerously delicious! choc and cherry is such a fabulous combination! gorgeous photos, as always:)

  21. Amber Shea @Almost Vegan — July 24, 2012 at 9:21 am (#

    You should look into getting a Cherry Chomper – no splashes! It’s one of the only “unitaskers” I keep in my kitchen, but since I bought one, I’ll never go back to knife pitting again.

    I think these are one of the most amazing-looking things you’ve made in a long time – and that is SAYING SOMETHING. Ohmanohmanohman, I <3 blondies.

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — July 24, 2012 at 10:22 am (#

      never even heard of the cherry chomper! will look into it per your rec!

      And thanks for the compliments…they tasted amazing (all gone now….sniff)

  22. Rachel @ The Avid Appetite — July 24, 2012 at 9:22 am (#

    I love baking with cherries! These look incredible! Like the only way to make chocolate-covered-cherries even better.

  23. Taylor — July 24, 2012 at 10:12 am (#

    YUUUUUUMMMMMMM. I’ve been wanting to make blondies for a while now, I think I just found the ones! I may add white chocolate chips too, as you suggested. You really do come up with the best combinations!

  24. Katie — July 24, 2012 at 10:25 am (#

    I was actually thinking in the beginning that these would be great with white chocolate. Either way though, chocolate is chocolate. Even when it is white chocolate, which isn’t chocolate, it is still (kindof not really) chocolate. In spirit at least. ;)

    I’ve never baked with fresh cherries because of the pits thing. Too much work and annoying for me to do on my own. I’ve used dried cherries though, which are fantastic!

  25. Meagan @ Scarletta Bakes — July 24, 2012 at 10:37 am (#

    Yes to farmer’s markets! Yes to fresh summer fruit! And yes to these delicious blondies!! I have a weakness for blondies and can’t wait to give these a whirl – love all the flavors going on!!!

  26. Laura (Tutti Dolci) — July 24, 2012 at 10:51 am (#

    Chocolate with cherries is the best, I’d love one of these right now!

  27. bakerbynature — July 24, 2012 at 11:11 am (#

    I’ve been back and forth on buying a cherry pitter all summer! I think I’ll just keep manhandling them this year ;) I love how pretty these blondies are!! I want a whole tray!

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — July 24, 2012 at 11:16 am (#

      The pitter is the pits. Lol I would save your 14.99 or whatever it is; for me, I just don’t have good luck. More splatters than successes. Lol

  28. Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes — July 24, 2012 at 11:40 am (#

    My hubby would live these!! Yum!!

  29. Laura Dembowski — July 24, 2012 at 12:27 pm (#

    I love summer and all of the produce too! I wish it was summer all the time. Since you live in San Diego, is that close to endless summer? Cherries are some of my favorite fruits. I made a vegan plum cherry crumble: But I created this peach blackberry layer cake that screams summer and all the flavors I love about it. It’s not only my favorite summer dessert, but one of my favorite desserts of all time: I’d love if you’d take a look and let me know what you think.

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — July 24, 2012 at 2:47 pm (#

      No it gets cold here in the winter! I know some people laugh, but “hot” for us is 80F at the ocean. It never gets really “hot”; this isn’t florida! And we most definitely get “winter” weather, not snow, but it will get in the 40s. Not as “hot” here as people think, but no extremes, either.

  30. Melissa (Better Fit) — July 24, 2012 at 1:01 pm (#

    I love summer fruits. I was a great cherry picker when we went picking with my family years ago. the combination of chocolate and cherries sounds fantastic!

  31. Ali @ Gimme Some Oven — July 24, 2012 at 2:03 pm (#

    The colors!!!!! Oh my goodness, these look so delicious! I’ll take some cherry chocolate blondies any day. :)

  32. mariel — July 24, 2012 at 2:35 pm (#

    your pics= absolutely georgous

  33. luv what you do — July 24, 2012 at 3:05 pm (#

    I have been buying tons of amazing looking fruit! Right now…I have a whole bunch of kiwi’s I am working on! This recipe looks devine! Can’t wait to try it!

  34. Liz (formerly VeggieGirl) — July 24, 2012 at 3:08 pm (#

    Blondies!!!! You know I love those :) Definitely a lot of great produce and other foods in season right now.

  35. Sarah — July 24, 2012 at 5:19 pm (#

    Thanks for saving me from buying a cherry pitter! The blondies look amazing.

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — July 24, 2012 at 5:22 pm (#

      Yes, for me personally, waste of time/money and actually, it’s a *make work* b/c it splatters cherry juice everywhere and I have to wipe down my sink basin and countertop like it’s a surgical suite otherwise there is red splatter traces…forever!

    • Sarah — July 24, 2012 at 6:05 pm (#

      Yeah, I make enough of a mess without any help! :D And magic erasers aren’t quite that magical.

  36. Chanel — July 24, 2012 at 5:49 pm (#

    Yum, Yum, Yum! Thanks for the inspiration in the kitchen. I have peaches, strawberries, and 10lbs of cherries. Gotta love summers in the NW! Off to bake some blondies.

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — July 24, 2012 at 5:51 pm (#

      Please LMK how it goes if you make them! You can add in any or all of those fruits; would be an amazing combo!

    • Chanel — July 25, 2012 at 9:52 am (#

      Just pulled strawberry and peach mix out of the oven smells and looks delish! Last night I made cherry and chocolate chip and those were good too. I use GF flour from bobs red mill and can’t even tell the difference!

      Thanks Averie!!

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — July 25, 2012 at 9:53 am (#

      Glad you’ve already made TWO batches – NICE! I love the flavors you’re using – I have so many peaches and nectarines I’ve been baking with, too. Glad the Bob’s GF worked like a champ, too!

  37. Paula — July 24, 2012 at 6:17 pm (#

    I think summer, then fall are my favorite food seasons. You just can’t beat the summer fruit bounty! I’ve been enjoying the rainier cherries–no red stains and I think they taste a little like a peach or something. I love chocolate and cherries so some blondies sound perfect (and so are your pictures!!!)

  38. Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — July 24, 2012 at 7:30 pm (#

    Your photos are gorgeous and the blondies look AMAZING!!! I must make these and soon!!

  39. koralee — July 24, 2012 at 8:48 pm (#

    This looks like another amazing recipe to try. Really I love your blog…..thank you so much.

  40. Hannah — July 24, 2012 at 9:33 pm (#

    Look at those gorgeous colours!

  41. Sara — July 24, 2012 at 11:02 pm (#

    I had a great discussion with a supermarket worker over whether the frozen cherries have pips or not. He could not confirm that they didn’t, so I did not buy them.

    I love cherries and they have just appeared on the shelves here as well. I always find it strange when fruit seasons coincide on opposite sides of the world.

  42. Spoon Fork Bacon — July 24, 2012 at 11:25 pm (#

    Wow… I am drooling! I love me some cherries and chocolate. THIS is going to have to be a must try. THanks for sharing and making my stomach rumble.

  43. Hannah — July 25, 2012 at 6:46 am (#

    Oh man, if those were any more luscious, I’d have to buy a new keyboard because I’m already drooling all over it! I absolutely can’t get enough cherries at this time of year. I still haven’t gotten my fill of them plain and raw, but I’m sure the baking faze of my obsession will come soon enough… This recipe will be very handy then!

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — July 25, 2012 at 9:15 am (#

      It takes a special time of year for me to not have just eaten them straight up – and to actually have enough to bake something with :)

  44. Jen @ Savory Simple — July 25, 2012 at 7:24 am (#

    These look unbelievable. I cannot seem to stop buy fruit right now. Who can blame us??

    Pinned & shared on Facebook!

  45. Cate O'Malley — July 25, 2012 at 7:38 am (#

    Those look pretty darn fabulous!

  46. Jane — July 25, 2012 at 8:13 am (#

    Averie, these were SO GOOD. The combo is perfect, and I liked the blondie base instead of using a brownie base – it really made the cherries and chocolate shine bright. You’re a culinary genius! Thank you!!!!

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — July 25, 2012 at 9:16 am (#

      Wow, that was fast! Glad you made them and enjoyed – and yes, the blondies help to really bring out the cherries rather than brownies were it all tastes…like chocolate. Not bad, of course, but this way you can really concentrate on the cherries :)

    • Jane — July 27, 2012 at 6:11 am (#

      Made another batch and froze it for when my parents visit next month (just in case cherries aren’t at their very best by end of August), and another batch for work – this time I used 1/2 cup dark choco chips and 1/2 cup of those “mini” hershey’s kisses you can buy int he baking section. It’s 9:10AM up here in Ontario, and half the pan is gone already :)

    • Averie @ Averie Cooks — July 27, 2012 at 9:42 am (#

      I think you guys are going to turn into a blondie :) I love that you’ve been making so many varieties! They’re great for using up odds and ends candy or extra Halloween, Easter, etc candy. LMK what else you make!

  47. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust — July 25, 2012 at 9:37 am (#

    Those are gorgeous!! I hate pitting cherries. Last time I used a straw and it worked pretty well, with definite spatter. Looked like I murdered someone on my counter. :)

  48. Deirdre — July 25, 2012 at 9:46 am (#

    Those blondies…look…so…delicious!

  49. Deborah — July 25, 2012 at 8:53 pm (#

    Hmmm, I just happen to have a bag of cherries in my fridge right now!!

  50. Christina @ Sweet Pea's Kitchen — July 26, 2012 at 5:56 am (#

    I love anything with fresh cherries! These blondies are calling my name! ;)

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