Chocolate Cherry Chocolate Chunk Fudgy Brownies

I’ve never cared for chocolate-covered cherries. The creamy, squishy filling just ruins them for me.

But chocolate and cherries are a wonderful pairing, and that’s where these brownies come in.

Chocolate Cherry Chocolate Chunk Fudgy Brownies - Scratch brownies as fast and easy as using a mix, and loaded with bold chocolate flavor and sweet cherry jam! Easy recipe at averiecooks.com

Chunky cherry jam is swirled into dark, rich, fudgy brownies, and they’re topped with dark chocolate chunks.

Tons of bold chocolate flavor, along with sweet cherry jam, with no white goop in sight. Score.

Chocolate Cherry Chocolate Chunk Fudgy Brownies - Scratch brownies as fast and easy as using a mix, and loaded with bold chocolate flavor and sweet cherry jam! Easy recipe at averiecooks.com

For the brownie base, I used an old standby recipe that delivers consistently fudgy results, minus any fuss. They’re as fast and easy as using a boxed mix, and the batter is whisked together in one bowl in minutes.

They’re not at all cakey, which would be a total deal-breaker. I want my brownies dense like a slab of fudge. Cakes are for birthdays, but don’t belong in my brownies.

Chocolate Cherry Chocolate Chunk Fudgy Brownies - Scratch brownies as fast and easy as using a mix, and loaded with bold chocolate flavor and sweet cherry jam! Easy recipe at averiecooks.com

The irony of these ultra-fudgy brownies is that the recipe uses cocoa powder, not melted chocolate. I used to think that cocoa powder brownies were inferior to brownies made with (more expensive) melted chocolate, but I’ve been proven wrong.

The jam also adds to the overall density and fudginess since it weighs down the batter and adds moisture.

Chocolate Cherry Chocolate Chunk Fudgy Brownies - Scratch brownies as fast and easy as using a mix, and loaded with bold chocolate flavor and sweet cherry jam! Easy recipe at averiecooks.com

Make sure not to overbake them so they stay moist and fudgy. The jam doesn’t fully set up, and the chocolate chunks will be melty and runny, so make sure to examine the brownie portion, not the jam or chocolate chunks, when doing the toothpick test.

In the past, I’ve made the mistake of thinking my brownies weren’t done when I saw runny chocolate on the toothpick, thereby overcooking them.

Chocolate Cherry Chocolate Chunk Fudgy Brownies - Scratch brownies as fast and easy as using a mix, and loaded with bold chocolate flavor and sweet cherry jam! Easy recipe at averiecooks.com

Letting them cool properly gives the jam and chocolate chunks a chance to firm up and solidify, and the longer you can wait before digging in, the better.

I cooled them for a couple hours on the counter before refrigerating them. I prefer desserts this chocolaty to be served chilled.

Chocolate Cherry Chocolate Chunk Fudgy Brownies - Scratch brownies as fast and easy as using a mix, and loaded with bold chocolate flavor and sweet cherry jam! Easy recipe at averiecooks.com

The brownies are moist, soft, and very chocolaty, without being overly sweet.

The dark chocolate chunks add bold chocolate intensity, and there’s a splash of coffee and some espresso granules added to the batter (optional but recommended). They don’t make the brownies taste like coffee, but instead intensify and round out the chocolate flavor.

Chocolate Cherry Chocolate Chunk Fudgy Brownies - Scratch brownies as fast and easy as using a mix, and loaded with bold chocolate flavor and sweet cherry jam! Easy recipe at averiecooks.com

You could wash them down with a glass of milk, a cup of coffee, or with merlot or cabernet.

I prefer the later.

Chocolate Cherry Chocolate Chunk Fudgy Brownies - Scratch brownies as fast and easy as using a mix, and loaded with bold chocolate flavor and sweet cherry jam! Easy recipe at averiecooks.com

Chocolate Cherry Chocolate Chunk Fudgy Brownies - Scratch brownies as fast and easy as using a mix, and loaded with bold chocolate flavor and sweet cherry jam! Easy recipe at averiecooks.com

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Chocolate Cherry Chocolate Chunk Fudgy Brownies

Chocolate and cherries are a great pairing, and these dense, rich, fudgy brownies are swirled with cherry jam and sprinkled with chocolate chunks. The brownies are moist, soft, and very chocolaty, without being overly sweet. They're as fast and easy as a boxed mix, and the brownie batter is whisked together in one bowl, without using a mixer. Make sure not to overbake, and letting them cool properly gives the jam and chocolate chunks a chance to firm up and solidify. If you like rich, fudgy, deep, dark brownies, these are the ones to try.

Yield: one 8x8-inch pan, 9 to 12 generous servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: about 25 minutes, or until done

Total Time: 1+ hour, for cooling

Ingredients:

10 tablespoons unsalted butter (1 1/4 sticks), melted
2 large eggs
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
2 tablespoons brewed coffee (leftover from the morning brew is fine), optional but recommend to enhance chocolate flavor and does not make brownies taste like coffee
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
3/4 cups plus 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder (natural or Dutch-process, I used Droste Cocoa)
1 teaspoon instant espresso coffee granules, optional but recommend to enhance chocolate flavor and does not make brownies taste like coffee
1/4 teaspoon salt, optional and to taste
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
about 1/2 heaping cup thick cherry jam or preserves, well-stirred in jar
6 ounces dark chocolate, coarsely chopped into chunks (semi-sweet chocolate chips may be substituted but won't melt as well)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line an 8-by-8-inch baking pan with aluminum foil leaving overhang on the sides, spray with cooking spray; set aside.
  2. In a large, microwave-safe bowl, add the butter and heat on high power to melt, about 1 minute. Allow butter to cool momentarily so you don't scramble the eggs.
  3. Add the eggs, sugars, optional coffee, vanilla, and whisk to combine.
  4. Add the cocoa powder, optional espresso granules, optional salt, and whisk to combine. If your cocoa powder is lumpy, it could take a couple minutes of vigorous whisking.
  5. Add the flour and stir until just combined, don't overmix.
  6. Turn batter out into prepared pan, smoothing it lightly with a spatula or knife. Batter is very thick and fudgy so take your time to work it into the corners of the pan.
  7. Add the cherry jam over the brownie batter in 1 tablespoon-sized blobs. Stirring it first in the jar to break it up will make dolloping it out easier.
  8. Using a knife, gently swirl the jam through the batter in a zig-zag pattern. Don't get carried away and over-swirl because it will sink to the bottom of the pan while baking.
  9. Evenly sprinkle chocolate chunks over the pan.
  10. Bake for about 25 minutes, or until done; don't overbake (I baked for 21 minutes in my very hot-running Caribbean oven). Because ovens, ingredients (how much moisture is in the jam used), and climates vary, use your judgment when your brownies are done; watch your brownies, not the number on the clock. A toothpick inserted in the center should come out mostly clean, but will likely have a few moist crumbs, but no batter. The jam doesn't fully set up, and the chocolate chunks will be melty, so make sure to examine the brownie portion, not the jam or chocolate chunks portion, when glancing at your toothpick.
  11. Allow brownies to rest for at least 1 hour, or overnight, before lifting out with foil overhang and slicing. Letting them cool properly gives the jam and chocolate chunks a chance to firm up and solidify. Brownies will keep airtight at room temperature or refrigerator for up to 1 week, or in the freezer for up to 6 months. I prefer to store rich brownies like these in the fridge and serve them slightly chilled.

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67 Responses to “Chocolate Cherry Chocolate Chunk Fudgy Brownies”

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    Ellen — December 17, 2013 at 12:56 am

    How gorgeous-I love that you like it cold :) I love the chocolate and cherry pairing. But I also do love the creamy chocolate cherries you are not a fan of

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — December 17th, 2013 at 6:43 am

      Ok you can have all those cherries, I won’t steal them from you :)

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    Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope — December 17, 2013 at 1:46 am

    Anything “fudge” has me sold haha! I’m the exact same way when it comes to chocolate covered cherries… there’s just too much air and not enough chocolate! ;)

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — December 17th, 2013 at 6:42 am

      and that weird goop that I HATE! lol

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    Emma — December 17, 2013 at 2:05 am

    Um is this real life? These look dreamy Avery you have outdone yourself girlfriend. Seriously YUM!

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    The Wooden Spoon — December 17, 2013 at 3:10 am

    These look amazing and decadent- perfect for a long day after work (maybe tonight?)

    Thanks!

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    Megan - The Emotional Baker — December 17, 2013 at 3:22 am

    I probably have been overbaking too when I see bits of chocolate on my toothpick. I’ll have to examine closer next time. This brownie combo is superb!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — December 17th, 2013 at 6:42 am

      Yes check a bit closer b/c it’s a very fine line, but even 2 mins or so can matter, and just do a really close check next time. You’ll love the results!

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    Belinda@themooblushbaker — December 17, 2013 at 3:44 am

    Normally real and fruit and chocolate do not occur in my baking schedule but the combo of tart cherries and rich deep chocolate has me every time.

    I am not sure if you have heard of the Chery ripe candy bar but with the addition of chewy coconut to your brownies will make them even more decadent!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — December 17th, 2013 at 6:41 am

      Chery ripe candy bar – no have never heard of that but can totally see coconut being an unexpected but nice little addition!

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    ashley - baker by nature — December 17, 2013 at 3:53 am

    My chocolate loving heart is wild for these, Averie! I adore chocolate and cherries together, too! These will be on my mind all day!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — December 17th, 2013 at 6:40 am

      Your cinn roll pancakes were on my mind all day yesterday :)

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    Paula — December 17, 2013 at 3:57 am

    Chocolate and cherries are another combo I love but don’t always think to put together–so the timing of your post is funny because I just made something very similar Sat night. I used the last of a bag of frozen bing cherries and added the remains of a PB jar (but sadly did not have chips). Kind of a cross between these and your choc cherry blondies. I’d love to try these with jam–I can see the fudge factor in them. YUM!!

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    Jessica @ Portuguese Girl Cooks — December 17, 2013 at 4:13 am

    So, you make the best brownies and bars! These look delicious, my dad would totally love these! And yes, fudgy not cakey brownies all the way! Pinned!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — December 17th, 2013 at 6:37 am

      Thanks for pinning & yes fudgy all the way!

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    Tracy | PeanutButter and Onion — December 17, 2013 at 4:26 am

    I love the way cherries and chocolate taste together!

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    Katy — December 17, 2013 at 6:01 am

    I love cocoa powder brownies, haven’t made them with melted chocolate in a while because the one-bowl vegan brownie recipe I use is just too darn easy. These look delicious, I can tell they’re super fudgy and I’m a total sucker for chocolate and cherry. Especially that DQ blizzard…I see these sandwiching some ice cream in the future!!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — December 17th, 2013 at 6:36 am

      I didnt even know they have a DQ blizzard with this combo! Shows you how out of that loop I am!

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    Alison Lewis — December 17, 2013 at 6:03 am

    these look insanely good!

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    Layla @ Brunch Time Baker — December 17, 2013 at 6:34 am

    Chocolate + Cherries= LOVEEE!! These brownies looks so delicious Averie!

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    Kris — December 17, 2013 at 7:07 am

    My favorite ( local) ice cream flavor is Traverse City Cherry–which combines dark chocolate chunks, fudge, and cherry. This is one of my favorite flavor combinations (and yes, I like the cherry goop in chocolate covered cherries …). Mmmm.

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    Julie @ Table for Two — December 17, 2013 at 7:35 am

    Oooo these look so fudgey and delicious with that cherry!! I love that stack – I wish that were at my house and not on my computer :) hehe

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    bev@bevcooks — December 17, 2013 at 7:44 am

    I can’t wait for you to make these for me! Oh.

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    Tina @ Tina's Chic Corner — December 17, 2013 at 7:53 am

    Hehe…I never liked chocolate covered cherries either! But I don’t think I could turn down a fudgy brownie with cherries. Yummaay. :)

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    Sarah@WholeAndHeavenlyOven — December 17, 2013 at 8:17 am

    Fudge city. And the addition of cherries in these brownies?? Incredible. Can’t wait to try these—I have the hugest chocolate craving now..:D

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    Katie — December 17, 2013 at 9:21 am

    These look like the perfect brownie texture! I confess that I am not and have never been a fan of cherry-chocolate combos (or any fruit with chocolate, actually), but cherry jam is something different. It’s much better!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — December 17th, 2013 at 10:19 am

      Normally I am really NOT into fruit with my chocolate. Like fruit-filled truffles, or fruit-flavored chocolates, no, not at all. And anything with a gloppy fruit filling, I will literally spit it out. Something about it…Blech! But yes, chocolate and cherries are an exception. I think b/c it reminds me of wine :)

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    Judit + Corina @WineDineDaily — December 17, 2013 at 10:12 am

    These look seriously decadent and very, VERY TEMPTING!!! You right Avery, it would be heavenly to wash down with a nice smooth Merlot :)
    Cheers,
    J+C

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — December 17th, 2013 at 10:17 am

      Glad you can relate to the merlot comment :)

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    Melissa @ Treats With a Twist — December 17, 2013 at 11:46 am

    Chocolate and cherries, yes please! Send me through the Black Forest! I won’t mind :)
    LOVE how moist these look. Gah, yes!

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    sally @ sallys baking addiction — December 17, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    Ok, I must admit. I am a huge sucker for those chocolate covered cherry cordials. The ones with the gooey/liquid centers. So if we ever share a box of chocolates, I’ll take them off your hands. But it’s truly the chocolate and cherry combination that I love! Especially rich, fudgy chocolate and chunky cherries. In fact, one of my favorite ben & jerry’s ice cream flaors is Cherry Garcia. (Cherry ice cream w/ chocolate!) You’d love it.

    …and yes to the merlot.

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    Elizabeth @ Confessions of a Baking Queen — December 17, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    I am usually not one for cherries but these brownies look so intensely chocolatey and rich and like I would like to curl up on the sofa with a tray of these :)

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — December 17th, 2013 at 10:12 pm

      Im not usually one for fruit in my chocolate (as in, ever!) but these totally worked!

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    Christina @ The Beautiful Balance — December 17, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    I always add brewed coffee or espresso granules to chocolate recipes. It is such a powerful secret ingredient that makes the chocolate flavor so bold!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — December 17th, 2013 at 10:12 pm

      They add such great flavor, don’t they! It’s like not using them, is just…meh, lackluster results!

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    Laura Dembowski — December 17, 2013 at 6:58 pm

    Back when I could eat chocolate, I loved chocolate covered cherries. My grandpa and I would eat them every time he came to visit. Those are good memories! Looks like I need to break out the carob powder and make these.

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    Sommer@ASpicyPerspective — December 17, 2013 at 7:14 pm

    Holy Chocolate Cherry! Those look amazing!

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    DessertForTwo — December 17, 2013 at 7:40 pm

    I’ve got a major thing for chocolate + cherries! My grandma used to buy me cherry cordials every year for Christmas. I’ve got to make these to relive the memory. Thanks :)

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    Tieghan — December 17, 2013 at 8:35 pm

    Ok, so I am not going to lie. I was never a huge cherry fan….until this summer when I was in Oregon and I had fresh Oregon cherries. I fell in love with them. Honestly I think I went through a whole bag every 2 days, which was not good for my wallet! Anyway, I have yet to try the chocolate + cherry combo, but I would say these brownies are good way to start. They look incredible! Pinned of course! :)

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — December 17th, 2013 at 10:10 pm

      I can go to TOWN on fresh cherries. Once when I was about your age, in college and totally broke, I bought a huge bag of them that were ‘on sale’ and when I got them to the register, the girl told me that it was like $11 worth of cherries. I reluctantly bought them but now realize how pricey they can be (and how fast I can eat them)!

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    Cookbook Queen — December 18, 2013 at 6:26 am

    I have a sick obsession with chocolate covered cherries. I buy those cheap $1 boxes and eat them like crazy. It’s not classy. But I love them, goo and all.

    But I have a feeling I could go for a few dozenish of these brownies too!!

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    Norma @ Allspice and Nutmeg — December 18, 2013 at 8:08 am

    Chocolate and cherry is one of my favorite combinations. This looks fantastic. Pinning.

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    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — December 18, 2013 at 8:23 am

    I love a good brownie recipe! Pinning these tonight! Mmm!

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    Todd @ HonestlyYUM — December 18, 2013 at 10:14 am

    These look sooooo fudgy!!! I agree with you about the chocolate covered cherries. Leave it to Averie to solve all my sweet tooth problems :)

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    Megan {country Cleaver} — December 18, 2013 at 1:38 pm

    I love the chocolate/cherry combo – but I agree, I hate the chocolate covered cherries, they taste so fake! THESE are RIGHT Up my alley!!

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    Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen — December 18, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    Oh, Averie…your chocolate cherry brownies are right up my alley! I just adore cherries and especially with chocolate. I agree…those chocolate covered cherries, with fondant filling, are not appealing. But, dried tart cherries from Michigan, dipped in good chocolate? Dreamy! And, so addicting. These brownies would be so ideal for Valentine’s Day, too! Thanks for sharing. Will be pinning tonight!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — December 18th, 2013 at 4:21 pm

      I love Michigan cherries! I grew up in MN then Chicago so very familiar with WI and MI cherries! Thanks for pinning this one and the raw choc chip bars, too!

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    Nancy — December 19, 2013 at 9:47 am

    I was just thinking this morning of making brownies and adding in chopped dried tart Montmorency cherries along w/ some dark chocolate chips! Do you think the added moisture from the jam is necessary – or would the dried cherries work just as well? They’re those wonderful moist, plump ones from Trader Joe’s. And just wondering what brand of that delicious looking jam you used. Thanks for posting this today!

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — December 19th, 2013 at 10:39 am

      The jam is some Dutch jam that I found here in an Aruban grocery store (Dutch island). Any kind will be just fine. I would use jam and maybe add some of your dried cherries too; but I would not skip the jam all together.

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    Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies — December 19, 2013 at 4:27 pm

    These look CRAZY fudgy, and there’s seriously nothing better than a crazy fudgy brownie. Except maybe a brownie with cherries in it too. :)

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — December 19, 2013 at 7:39 pm

    Gorgeous, I love a fudgy brownie!

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    Jayne @ Tenacious Tinkering — December 19, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    I’ve always made brownies with cocoa powder and they have never failed me in the fudgy department. I might steal yours and try it out too~! Not sure why but I seem to find cocoa ones much more chocolatey. Maybe because cocoa is pure chocolate flavour and the fats come from butter and nothing else so the flavour is purer? Don’t know. Love the bright red in this dark brownie.

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    • Averie Sunshine replied: — December 20th, 2013 at 6:20 am

      Glad you’re a fan of cocoa brownies, too!

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    Fiona — December 20, 2013 at 3:06 am

    These look absolutely gorgeous! Perfection!

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    Laura @ Laura's Culinary Adventures — December 20, 2013 at 8:28 am

    I don’t like chocolate covered cherries either, but these look amazing! My father would love these brownies!

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    Valerie — December 20, 2013 at 10:57 am

    Beautiful, Averie! Love the cocoa power – it’s much easier than going through the double boiler process of melting chocolate.

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    Jocelyn @BruCrew Life — December 20, 2013 at 11:33 am

    Holy moly! Those are incredible looking! I love how rich and fudgey they are!!!!

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    Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence — December 22, 2013 at 5:40 pm

    Chocolate + Cherry is such a wonderful combination!

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    Liz — January 29, 2014 at 9:45 am

    Nice recipes once again. Thanks so much and have a Happy Day!

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