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Rich, super fudgy dark chocolate brownies are topped with a sweet maraschino cherry buttercream frosting that tastes just like the filling of a chocolate covered cherry!

Small Batch Chocolate Covered Cherry Brownies

Who else loves chocolate covered cherries? Specifically, dark chocolate covered cherries. I have a hard time finding ones that aren’t terribly quality, so I’d prefer to make my own. However… it’s kind of a pain in the ass. A delicious pain in the ass, but pain in the ass nonetheless. Instead, I’d prefer to make something with a flavor reminiscent of them.

Enter these small batch chocolate covered cherry brownies.

Small Batch Chocolate Covered Cherry Brownies

This recipe certainly does not have to be for Valentine’s Day, but you can’t deny that it’s perfect for it. It’s rich, fudgy, and sweet, and red and pink (which is basically a prerequisite for Valentine’s Day treats).

Small Batch Chocolate Covered Cherry Brownies

I’m calling these “small batch” because you make them in a loaf pan and end up with 8-15 bars. Pro tip, though: because they are so sweet, I highly recommend cutting it into 15 squares. Eight squares may be more than your sweet tooth can handle (but hey, I’m not here to tell you how to live your life).

So really, you have 15 squares which is hardly a small amount of brownies – that’s why I didn’t call these “Chocolate Covered Cherry Brownies for Two” because that’s just insane. Maybe “Chocolate Covered Cherry Brownies for Two Over the Course of Two Weeks”, maybe.

Small Batch Chocolate Covered Cherry Brownies

I recently received feedback from a reader that they really struggle with knowing what the batter (or frosting, or dough, etc.) texture should be during different stages of a recipe’s creation, and that it would really helpful if I included more photos of the step by step to help them know if they’re on the right track.

Ask and you shall receive, my friend! I can’t promise that I’ll always remember to include them, but I’ll certainly try my best.

Process Shots

So, to get to this:

Small Batch Chocolate Covered Cherry Brownies

You want to start with this:

Butter and light brown sugar melted together

This is how things will start out with your butter and sugars. Grainy, but combined, and pulling away from the bowl when you pull the whisk through.

Once you’ve added your egg, vanilla, cocoa powder, flour and salt, you’ll end up with a nice, thick batter like this:

Dark chocolate brownie batter

Don’t freak out if it seems like it’s taking a long time to combine – it’s a labor of love, and it will come together eventually. Totally worth the wait.

Once baked, you’re going to get this gorgeous shiny, crackly topped brownie. Try really hard not to just pick it up and eat it like it’s one giant brownie. ‘Cause I mean, at this point it is one giant brownie, but it is most definitely not one serving. Although I guess anything is single serving if you really believe in yourself.

Shiny, cracked top on dark chocolate brownies

Now let’s talk about the frosting. Oh man, this frosting. It’s made with the addition of maraschino cherry juice and almond extract because it really gives you that flavor of the inside of a chocolate covered cherry. I love it so much. 

You’re might not have a not-quite-smooth frosting when this is done. Don’t freak out. If it’s not silky smooth, that’s totally okay. There’s something about the amount of cherry juice that can give it a slightly different consistency, but it’s seriously completely okay. You’re covering it with chopped cherries and a dark chocolate drizzle anyway, and it tastes ridiculously good so I seriously doubt anyone is going to care. I prefer to have a stronger cherry flavor in lieu of silky perfection.

Maraschino cherry frosting

So, to recap:

  • Rich, super fudgy dark chocolate brownies.
  • Sweet, creamy cherry frosting.
  • Valentine’s Day personified. 
Small Batch Chocolate Covered Cherry Brownies

Make them for Valentine’s Day.

Or Galentine’s Day.

Or for a random Tuesday.

Small Batch Chocolate Covered Cherry Brownies

And remember: Don’t let the social unacceptance of walking around eating a 9″x5″ frosted brownie hold you back from reaching your dreams.

Small Batch Chocolate Covered Cherry Brownies

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Small Batch Chocolate Covered Cherry Brownies

Small Batch Chocolate Covered Cherry Brownies

5 from 1 vote
Rich, super fudgy dark chocolate brownies are topped with a sweet maraschino cherry buttercream frosting that tastes just like the filling of a chocolate covered cherry!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 8 to 15 squares

Ingredients
  

Brownies

  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 ¼ cups light brown sugar
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup unsweetened or Special Dark cocoa powder
  • cup all purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1/3-1/2 cup chocolate chips

Cherry Frosting

  • ¼ cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 to 2 cups powdered sugar, divided
  • 2 tablespoons maraschino cherry juice
  • ½ teaspoon almond extract
  • 8 maraschino cherries, sliced in half (or chopped)
  • 2 tablespoons dark chocolate, melted

Instructions
 

Brownies

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 9"x5" pan with parchment paper and set aside.
  • In a large microwave safe bowl, combine butter and light brown sugar and microwave in 30 second increments, whisking after each. Repeat this process until you have a grainy, but combined mixture. Let cool for at least five minutes.
  • Add eggs and vanilla and whisk to combine.
  • Add cocoa powder, flour and salt and whisk until just combined. It may take a bit and seem like it's not even going to become batter, but it will!
  • Fold in chocolate chips.
  • Pour into prepared pan and bake for 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out with moist crumbs. Let cool in pan for 5 minutes and then move to wire rack to cool completely.

Cherry Frosting

  • In a medium bowl, use a hand mixer to beat butter until fluffy.
  • Add 1/2 cup powdered sugar and beat on high speed to combine.
  • Add cherry juice and almond extract and beat again to combine.
  • Add the remaining powdered sugar (to taste) and beat on high speed to stiff peaks. Don't worry if it seems grainy, it's not going to be completely smooth.
  • Frost cooled brownies and top with sliced maraschino cherries. Drizzle with melted chocolate, slice and enjoy!

Notes

Note #1: Brownies can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week.
Note #2: These are quite rich, so you can either slice into 8 large squares (slice down the middle, then lengthwise three times for two rows of four) or up to 15 (three rows of five).
Note #3: If you want a larger batch, double all the ingredients and bake in a 9x9 pan for 45-50 minutes.

Nutrition

Calories: 415kcal | Carbohydrates: 65g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 76mg | Sodium: 177mg | Potassium: 229mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 54g | Vitamin A: 459IU | Calcium: 56mg | Iron: 2mg
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
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