Brownies with Brandied Cherries


Simmer brandy, cherries and sugar to create a simple homemade sauce that makes these decadent chocolate brownies restaurant-worthy.

Brownies with Brandied Cherries
Photo: Jason Donnelly
Prep Time:
25 mins
Bake Time:
25 mins
Cool Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 35 mins


  • cup sugar

  • ½ cup brandy

  • 1 cup fresh sweet cherries, stemmed, pitted, and halved

  • Unsweetened cocoa powder

  • ½ cup butter

  • 1 cup sugar

  • ¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 2 eggs

  • cup all-purpose flour

  • Vanilla gelato or vanilla ice cream (optional)


  1. For brandied cherries, in a small saucepan combine the 2/3 cup sugar and the brandy. Bring to boiling; add cherries. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered for 3 minutes. Remove from heat; let cool.

  2. Preheat oven to 325°F. Grease an 8x8x2-inch baking pan. Line pan with foil, leaving about 1 inch of the foil extending over the edges of the pan. Grease the foil; sprinkle with cocoa powder.

  3. In a small saucepan melt butter over low heat. Transfer melted butter to a medium bowl. Add the 1 cup sugar, the 3/4 cup cocoa powder, the vanilla, and salt. Using a wooden spoon stir until cocoa powder is completely incorporated. Add eggs, one at a time, beating with a wooden spoon just until combined. Add flour; stir just until combined. Spread batter evenly in the prepared pan.

  4. Bake about 25 minutes or until edges start to pull away from sides of pan. Cool brownies for 45 minutes (they will still be slightly warm). Use foil to lift uncut brownies from pan. Cut warm brownies into 16 squares. Place 1 brownie square in each of 4 shallow dessert dishes. Top with brandied cherries. If desired, serve with gelato. Let remaining brownies cool completely. Store cooled brownies in an airtight container at room temperature for up 3 days or freeze for up to 1 month.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

379 Calories
7g Fat
66g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 379
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 39mg 13%
Sodium 134mg 6%
Total Carbohydrate 66g 24%
Total Sugars 60g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 3.5mg 18%
Calcium 20.2mg 2%
Iron 1.1mg 6%
Potassium 216mg 5%
Folate, total 12.1mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.1mcg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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