Cherry Chocolate Chunk Brownies Cherry Chocolate Chunk Brownies

Image: Canadian Living | Holiday Baking 2014

Sweet glacé cherries and vivid pink icing give these sumptuous brownies a nostalgic retro look. Make them a couple of days ahead, then spread on the fruity icing just before serving.

  • Portion size 24 servings
  • Credits : Canadian Living: Holiday Baking 2014


  • 225 g semisweet or dark chocolate chopped
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 30 g unsweetened chocolate chopped
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • pinch salt
Cherry Icing:
  • 2 tablespoons butter softened
  • 1 cup icing sugar
  • 1 tablespoon whipping cream 35%
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • pink paste food colouring
  • 1/4 cup chopped red glacé cherries


In saucepan, heat together half of the semisweet chocolate, the butter and unsweetened chocolate over medium-low heat, stirring, until melted and smooth. Let cool for 10 minutes.

Whisk in sugar, almond extract and vanilla. Whisk in eggs, 1 at a time. Stir in flour and salt; fold in remaining semisweet chocolate. Scrape into parchment paper–lined 8-inch (2 L) square cake pan, smoothing top.

Bake in 350°F (180°C) oven until cake tester inserted in centre comes out clean with just a few moist crumbs clinging, about 25 minutes. Let cool completely in pan. (Make-ahead: Wrap tightly in plastic wrap; store for up to 3 days or overwrap with foil and freeze for up to 3 weeks.)

Cherry Icing: In large bowl, beat butter until smooth, about 1 minute. Beat in icing sugar, alternating with cream, making 3 additions of sugar and 2 of cream. Beat in almond extract. Using food colouring, tint icing pink; stir in cherries. Spread over brownies. Lift out onto cutting board; cut into squares.

Nutritional facts per brownie: about

  • Fibre 1 g
  • Sodium 41 mg
  • Sugars 20 g
  • Protein 1 g
  • Calories 169.0
  • Total fat 9 g
  • Potassium 57 mg
  • Cholesterol 29 mg
  • Saturated fat 5 g
  • Total carbohydrate 23 g


  • Iron 5.0
  • Folate 4.0
  • Calcium 1.0
  • Vitamin A 5.0
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