Easy Black Forest Brownies
Are you a Cherry lover? You are going to love these Black Forest Brownies. These chocolate brownies are packed with cherries and topped with Fudge!
A couple of the very best cherry recipes on the blog are the Black Forest Cherry Cake and Cherry Fluff Salad. One uses cherry pie filling (just like the recipe below, and the other uses Maraschino cherries.
Black Forest Brownies
One thing I love about this recipe is that it uses cherry pie filling. I usually keep a few cans of various pie fillings in the cupboard because you can use it for so many different things. Cherry and apple pie filling are the ones I really like.
Ingredients You Will Need:
- cocoa powder
- baking powder
- mini chocolate chips
- Cherry Pie Filling
- semi-sweet chocolate chips
- heavy whipping cream
How To Make Black Forest Brownies
In this recipe, you’ll need to drain the cherry pie filling because we don’t want any of the “gel” getting into the mix. I encourage you not to throw that good stuff away, though.
You can save the leftover pie filling for another recipe. Simply spoon it into a freezer bag or other freezer safe container and freeze it. It should last for 3 months or so, which means it’s a good idea to label the bag with the date you freeze it.
You can also buy blueberry pie filling, strawberry rhubarb, plain strawberry, mixed berry, blackberry, pineapple, and even raisin pie filling. Not sure what I would do with raisin pie filling! Do you have any good recipes that use it?
Heavy Cream Tips
When you buy heavy cream, for some reason people want to shake it before they use it. Feel free to do that, but beware that you’re going to make it thicker before you even pour it out to use it.
I’ve been known to shake heavy cream to the point of almost not needing a mixer! Learn from my mistakes.
In this recipe, you’ll mix the cream with chocolate. Be sure to heat it up in short spurts in the microwave or it will be completely unusable. I know it may seem like wasted time to keep heating that heavy cream mixture that way, but it’s worth it. Be patient and it will be rewarded!
Ganache is a gift from France. It’s a diverse delight made of chocolate and cream. You can use it in lots of recipes as a filling, glaze, icing or sauce. If you change the ratio of heavy cream to chocolate, you can even make truffles that are amazing.
You can also add flavor to it using extracts.
The trick to great ganache is to whisk it correctly. The goal is to make certain it’s really whisked well until it’s beautifully smooth. Always use small circles with your whisk, going in the same direction. (For example, clockwise.)
Black Forest Brownies
- 1 cup unsalted butter (room temp)
- 2 cup sugar
- 4 eggs room temp
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 2/3 cup cocoa powder
- 1 cup flour
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
- 1 can of Cherry Pie Filling drained
- 1 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips plus some for topping
- 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Line a 9×13 pan with parchment paper.
Melt butter in the microwave.
Remove from the microwave.
Add ingredients one at a time.
Add the sugar, eggs, vanilla, cocoa powder, flour, salt, and
Using your electric mixer incorporate the above ingredients.
Fold in the mini chocolate chips
Using a fork, lift some cherries out of the pie filling and tap the edge of the bowl. You don't want any of the jam from the filling to get into your brownie mix
add the cherries into the brownie mix and mix until combined
Pour brownie mix into prepared baking dish
Add a few more cherries on top of the batter
Bake in the oven for 30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean
Allow to cool on the counter completely
Chocolate Ganache Directions
Using a medium microwave-safe bowl, combine the chocolate chips, and heavy whipping cream
Place into the microwave on increments of 30 seconds until the chocolate chips start to melt
Use a whisk and whisk until chocolate is completely melted and the ganache starts to appear thick
Scoop some ganache into a piping bag to use later.
Pour the remaining ganache onto the cooled brownies
Allow for the ganache to harden for 20 minutes
Cut the tip off the piping bag and drizzle onto the brownies