Black Forest Brownies

Black Forest Brownies

I love cherries and chocolate together which is why Black Forest Cake is one of my favourite desserts, plus it has whipped cream too – it’s basically my heaven. I wasn’t able to incorporate whipped cream into these Black Forest Brownies, but I highly recommend serving them with a big dollop of it! I’ve used my standard brownie recipe as it’s super rich, chocolatey and fudgey. Then I’ve mixed in chopped tinned cherries and dark chocoate chips, as well as some kirsch. I’ve used tinned cherries because fresh ones aren’t available all year round, and I wanted to make sure you could make these Black Forest Brownies any time of year! I also used these extra large dark chocolate chips by Dr Oetker that I bought recently and they were so good I was eating them from the pack as a snack!

Step by step…

I started by melting the dark chocolate and butter together in a pan on a low heat. I let it cool for 5 minutes.

In a bowl I whisked together the eggs and light brown sugar.

I added the chocolate mixture to the egg mixture, whisking constantly as I poured it in. Then I added the plain flour, cocoa powder and baking powder. Finally I folded in the chopped tinned cherries and the dark chocolate chips.

I poured the batter into a lined traybake tin and baked them for 30 minutes.

Once they were cool I cut the Black Forest Brownies into squares and decorated them with a drizzle of dark chocolate and some glace cherries.

Black Forest Brownies

The Black Forest Brownies were so moist and fudgey and deeelicious! This is such an easy and quick way to get that fix of those cherry, chocolate and kirsch flavours!

Recommended equipment & ingredients*

Traybake tin Mixing bowls Cooling rack
Kitchen scales Glace cherries

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Black Forest Brownies
5 from 9 votes

Black Forest Brownies

Rich chocolate brownies with cherries and kirsch

Course Dessert
Cuisine European
Keyword Brownies
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 12
Author thebakingexplorer


For the brownies

  • 350 g Dark chocolate
  • 250 g Butter or baking spread
  • 2 tbsp Kirsch
  • 250 g Dark brown sugar
  • 3 Eggs large
  • 120 g Plain flour
  • 1 tsp Baking powder
  • 200 g Tinned cherries chopped up
  • 125 g Dark chocolate chips

For decoration

  • 12 Glace cherries cut in half
  • 75 g Dark chocolate melted


  1. Pre-heat your oven to 180C/160C Fan/350F/Gas Mark 4 and grease and line a 12" x 9" traybake tin

  2. Melt the dark chocolate and butter together in a pan on a low heat. When
    fully melted, stir together and remove from the heat. Let it cool for 5

  3. In a bowl, whisk together the dark brown sugar and the eggs until frothy, add the Kirsch and mix in

  4. Slowly pour the melted chocolate and butter into the mixture, whilst constantly whisking

  5. Add the plain flour and baking powder and mix in

  6. Fold in the cherries and chocolate chips

  7. Pour the batter into the lined traybake tin and bake for 30 minutes

  8. Leave it to cool completely before cutting into squares

  9. Decorate by drizzling the dark chocolate over them and adding the glace cherries

  10. Store in an airtight container in a cool place and eat within 3 days

Recipe Notes

If you would like to use a 8" or 9" square tin instead, reduce the recipe by one third. So you will need:

  • 235g Dark chocolate
  • 165g Butter
  • 165g Dark brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Kirsch
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/2 tsp Baking powder
  • 80g Plain flour
  • 135g Tinned cherries
  • 85g Dark chocolate chips


  • 9 Glace Cherries
  • 50g Dark chocolate

They will also need less time to bake, depending on your oven, I'd suggest 20-25 minutes.

If you like this, check out more of my Brownie recipes!

Black Forest Brownies

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23 comments / Add your comment below

  1. 5 stars
    Loooove the idea of black forest brownies – they look so fudgy and delicious, especially with those yummy cherries in the batter and on top of the cake! #cookblogshare

  2. 5 stars
    I just adore cherries and chocolate then you added kirsch to the equation – utterly in love with the idea of these black forest brownies. Thank you for sharing them with #cookblogshare

  3. 5 stars
    Delicious!!! Thanks so much for this recipe. Made these today and they turned out great, everyone loved them. Much love, Cakes from the Harte x

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