Chocolate Cherry Brownies

These chocolate cherry brownies are fudgy and perfect for chocolate lovers. A little cherry jam helps deepen the chocolate flavor.

Chocolate Cherry Brownies |

The lovely Nicole of The Marvelous Misadventures of a Foodie is expecting her first baby in just a few weeks! When we found out we were all due within a few weeks of each other, Nicole, Jenn and I formed our own little pregnancy support group. We’ve shared our cravings, debated the merits of finding out if we’re having boys or girls (or of not finding out in advance!) and shared our nursery and birth plans. Since we’re still working on building up our social network in Minnesota, it is so nice to have some virtual friends with whom to chat all things pregnancy!

That’s why I’m so excited about today’s post: we’re celebrating Nicole and her growing family with a little virtual baby shower!  The menu is all about pizza, brownies and booze, some of her favorite foods and drinks (though she’ll have to wait a few weeks to partake of the cocktails!).

Since my usually strong sweet tooth has only been strengthened by pregnancy, I chose to go the brownies route. Because chocolate.

Chocolate Cherry Brownies //

These chocolate cherry brownies are based off my super fudgy brownie recipe…and they have taken over as the new favorite. I had 3/4 of a jar of cherry jam open in my fridge already, so I decided to mix some into the brownie batter. It doesn’t make the brownies overwhelmingly fruity, but just adds a subtle depth of flavor. If you’re a fan of gooey, extra chocolate-y brownies, make these ASAP!

Chocolate Cherry Brownies

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 55 minutes

These chocolate cherry brownies are fudgy and perfect for chocolate lovers. A little cherry jam helps deepen the chocolate flavor.


  • 4 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cherry jam
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup chocolate chips


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and grease a 9" x 9" baking pan.
  2. Melt the chocolate with the butter and oil in a small saucepan. Stir until smooth.
  3. Pour the chocolate into a mixing bowl and whisk in the granulated sugar, brown sugar and jam.
  4. Add the flour, eggs, vanilla and salt, stirring until there are no dry spots left.
  5. Stir in the chocolate chips, then pour the batter into the prepared pan.
  6. Bake at 350°F for 40-45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the brownies comes out clean. Allow to cool for 10-15 minutes before serving.

Check out the other things we’re making for the baby shower. Congrats again to Nicole. We’re so excited for you!
Boozy Red Velvet Hot Chocolate from Ari’s Menu

Boozy Iced Coffee from The Wanderlust Kitchen

Coconut Oil Brownies from Handle the Heat

Raspberry Lemonade Champagne Punch from Eat. Drink. Love.

Four Cheese Pizza with Sausage and Peppers from The Little Ferraro Kitchen

Crab Rangoon Pizza from Mollie’s Sprinkles of Life

Grapefruit Chia Seed Cocktail from Peace Love and Oats

White Pizza with Bacon, Basil & Tomatoes from Eating Bender


Strawberry Chocolate Fudge

Strawberry chocolate fudge is creamy and smooth, with a touch of fruity flavor. Serve it at your next holiday party, or send your guests home with a goody bag of fudge!

Strawberry chocolate fudge // Savvy Eats

In my mind, Christmas and the first part of December are for cookies. I love the holiday cookies, don’t get me wrong. We usually bake six to eight varieties in a wide variety of flavors, from caramel-tinged Russian tea cake cookies to fruity raspberry almond spritz cookiesto decadent chocolate coconut cookies, and hand them out to family, friends and coworkers. But after the 25th of December, I usually need a bit of a cookie break.

However, I also host an annual cocktails and board games New Years’ Eve party, and you can’t have a holiday party without treats! Cookies are out, and since we’re playing board games, dessert that requires a fork and a plate aren’t usually the best choice either. We need to keep our hands free for moving pieces and collecting cards! Enter homemade candy.

Strawberry Chocolate Fudge on

This holiday season, I’ve been playing around with different strawberry chocolate fudge recipes. I’ve tried the ones that call for mini marshmallows, sweetened condensed milk, or any other ingredients meant to make the process easier. But the winner by far was the traditional fudge recipe – the one requiring a candy thermometer, some patience and a whole lot of stirring with a wooden spoon.

The resulting fudge is nice and creamy, with no grittiness in sight. It is decadent and rich, with a firm and smooth texture when you bite into it. And the addition of strawberry jam gives it a fruity flavor with a little more depth than you’d find in a plain chocolate fudge. The traditional way of making fudge is definitely worth the extra work and time.

Make this strawberry chocolate fudge a few days before your last holiday party (it will save you some prep time on party day if the dessert is already done) and wow your guests as you ring in the new year with a fruity chocolate treat.

This post was originally published on Food Fanatic.