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Black Forest Brownies

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If you’re a chocolate lover with a penchant for cherries, then you’re in for a treat! In this blog post, we’ll share an easy yet mouthwatering recipe for Black Forest brownies using a box mix. With just a few simple steps, you can whip up a batch of these indulgent delights that will leave your taste buds yearning for more.

Black Forest brownie topped with whipped cream and a cherry on a small white plate

This brownie recipe is super easy with a box mix and the simple addition of frozen cherries and chocolate chips. Cherry sauce, chocolate shavings, and anything fancy is totally optional. Like a Black Forest cake in brownie form!

How to make Black Forest Cherry Brownies

This recipe is as simple as following a box mix with a few additions.

ingredients for Black Forest brownies

Mix up the brownie mix along with ingredients listed on the box, then fold in some cherries. I used frozen, but you can use fresh cherries as well. Then mix in some chopped chocolate, and bake according to the directions on the box!

How to make box brownies better

Here’s a few of my tips to spruce up your box mix. You can have bakery level brownies without breaking out dutch process cocoa powder.

brownies on cutting board
  • Add a bit of instant espresso powder. It won’t taste like coffee! Coffee enhances chocolate flavor.
  • Use an equal amount of milk in place of water.
  • Add a bit of vanilla extract and a pinch of salt. Both of these ingredients will bring out all the delicious dark chocolate flavors.
Black Forest brownie with bite taken out

Frequently Asked Questions

How long do the Black Forest brownies stay fresh?

When stored in an airtight container at room temperature, the Black Forest brownies should stay fresh for about 3-4 days. If you want to extend their shelf life, you can refrigerate them for up to a week.

Can I freeze the Black Forest brownies?

Yes, you can freeze the Black Forest brownies for up to 2-3 months. Ensure they are well-wrapped in plastic wrap or stored in an airtight container before freezing. Thaw them in the refrigerator overnight or at room temperature before serving.

Can I add alcohol, such as cherry liqueur, to the recipe?

Adding alcohol is optional, but it can enhance the flavor of the Black Forest brownies. If you choose to include alcohol, add it to the batter after combining the other ingredients. Start with a small amount, such as a tablespoon, and adjust according to your preference.

Can I make these brownies without using a box mix?

Yes, you can make Black Forest brownies from scratch by using any homemade brownie recipe. My favorite homemade brownies are these. Simply incorporate the dark sweet cherries and chocolate chips into the batter. Adjust the baking time accordingly based on your recipe.

Tips and Tricks

  • To make these brownies even tastier, top off with ice cream, whipped cream, or cherry filling (you can use the canned stuff).
  • The brownie batter should be really thick – this makes for fudgy brownies.
  • Underbake the brownies by a few minutes for the ultimate gooeyness.
stack of Black Forest brownies

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Black Forest Brownies

Black Forest Brownies

Yield: 9 brownies
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

Indulgent fudgy brownies with dark cherries made easy with a box mix.


  • 1 Box Brownie Mix, plus all ingredients listed on box (I used Betty Crocker Fudge Brownies)
  • 8 Ounces Frozen Black Cherries, Sliced In Half
  • 4 Ounces Baking Chocolate, Rough Chopped or Chocolate Chips


  1. Preheat your oven 325℉ and prepare a 9” x 9” metal baking pan with non stick cooking spray.
  2. In a bowl, add the brownie mix plus ingredients on the box. (Follow box instructions for mixing) Add in the black cherries and chopped chocolate and stir.
  3. Pour the batter into the prepared baking dish and bake for 40-45 minutes. The brownies will be ready when the center is set and the edges have begun to pull away from the sides of the pan.
  4. Cool completely before slicing. Top with refrigerated whipped topping, fresh cherries and chocolate shavings. Enjoy!


These brownies should be covered and stored in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

Brownies are best done slightly underbaked and still a tiny bit jiggly in the middle. Take them out when a toothpick has no wet batter but a few moist crumbs are sticking to it.

These brownies freeze well - store them in a freezer safe container for up to 3 months.

Let them cool completely before serving or they will fall apart.

Nutrition Information
Yield 9 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 132Total Fat 8gSaturated Fat 5gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 0mgSodium 12mgCarbohydrates 13gFiber 3gSugar 6gProtein 2g

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