Chocolate Cherry Brownies + {Giveaway}

Chocolate Cherry Brownies |

This delicious post is part of a blog tour for a new cookbook called The Flying Brownie by Shirley Fan.  The book contains 100 recipes that are “shipment friendly” and is the only book devoted to recipes that are meant to be mailed.  That means if you love sending sweet treats to friends far and wide or your son or daughter off at college, than this book is definitely for you.  There are recipes of all shapes and sizes from Apricot-Almond Granola Bars to Butterscotch Blondies and everything in between.  Don’t get me wrong, this book would be great even if you plan on keeping the goodies all to yourself.

The Flying Brownie Cookbook |

It was tough to land on one specific recipe, but when I flipped to these Chocolate Cherry Brownies, I knew it was on.  They are soft, chewy and a little crunchy on the edges.  If you ask me that’s the trifecta of brownie deliciousness.  The dried cherries add a welcome chewy surprise to the rich brownies as well.

From the book:

I love the flavors of chocolate and cherries, so I put them together in this rich and decadent brownie, which holds up very well for long and bumpy trips and will keep up to 2 weeks.

To help Shirley celebrate her book, I am giving away a copy.  See below the recipe for how to enter.

Chocolate Cherry Brownies

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 35 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: Makes 16 Brownies

Chocolate Cherry Brownies

A quick chocolate brownie recipe that's loaded with tart dried cherries and ships well. Easily converted to gluten-free.


  • 10 tablespoons unsalted butter (1 1/4 sticks)
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup Dutch-processed cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour (or gluten-free all-purpose)
  • 3/4 cup dried tart cherries


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8-inch square pan with parchment paper, leaving extra for overhang; set aside.
  2. In a medium-size saucepan over low heat, combine the butter, sugar, cocoa, and salt. Whisk together until melted and combined; remove from the heat and set aside to begin cooling.
  3. While the butter mixture is still a bit warm, add the eggs and vanilla. Stir together until the batter becomes thick and glossy. Mix in the flour and stir until combined. Fold in the cherries.
  4. Spread the mixture in the prepared pan. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with small crumbs clinging to it, 33-35 minutes.
  5. Let cool in the pan on a rack. Remove the brownies from the pan by grasping the edges of the parchment paper, and cut into 16 squares. Wrap the bars individually with waxed or parchment paper or plastic wrap, seal with tape, and pack in a zipper-top plastic bag or other container. Alternatively, layer unwrapped bars in an airtight container, separating the layers with waxed or parchment paper.

The Flying Brownie Cookbook

The Fine Print: Harvard Common Press asked if I’d like to participate in this virtual book tour for Shirley Fan.  This post is not sponsored and all opinions are my own.  I was provided a book for review and Harvard Common Press will ship a copy of this book to the winner of my giveaway.


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    Yaşamın Ta Kendisi
    September 21, 2013 at 3:30 am

    good recipe!looks delicious:)

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    May 29, 2013 at 11:56 am

    This looks like a delicious recipe! A note: recipes containing fruit and butter are not considered “desert safe” for sending in the summer in military care packages. ( No worries for shorter shipping times or cooler temperatures.) Vegetable shortening is the only fat recommended for summer military care packages because the others are more likely to go rancid in transit.

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    Laura (Tutti Dolci)
    May 25, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    I love chocolate with cherries, these brownies look like chocolate heaven!

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    Rustic Honey
    May 15, 2013 at 9:40 am

    What a great idea this cookbook is! I would love to send my sister goodies more often! These brownies would be a perfect way to brighten someone’s day!

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    Milisa (@missnthekitchen)
    May 11, 2013 at 7:17 am

    I know I could eat this whole pan of brownies.

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    Cookin Canuck
    May 9, 2013 at 10:35 am

    I love the idea of this book! I never try to ship food because I’m always certain it will arrive in a pile of crumbs. And these brownies…cherry and chocolate is such a great combination.

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    May 9, 2013 at 1:55 am

    Aw yum!! I’ve just bought my first bag of dried sour cherries and so far all I’ve done is eaten them on their own. Now they’re going to find a nice snuggly little chocolate home in these amazing looking brownies! Thanks Heather! Love your blog, this is my first visit!

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    Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective
    May 8, 2013 at 10:51 am

    Love chocolate and cherries! Yummy-looking recipe, Heather! 🙂

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    Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles
    May 8, 2013 at 7:36 am

    I absolutely adore the chocolate and cherry combo. (You should see how fast a bag of Harry and David’s chocolate covered cherries disappears around here!) These brownies sound fabulous!

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    ashley - baker by nature
    May 7, 2013 at 8:57 pm

    I just bought a big bag of cherries today (BIG sale!). I know where some of them will be going. These look too dang goood!

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    Bake Your Day
    May 7, 2013 at 10:58 am

    These look truly amazing, Heather! I love a good gooey brownie. And the cherry with the chocolate reminds me of my grandma…she loved chocolate-covered cherries!

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      May 7, 2013 at 4:34 pm

      That’s funny Cassie. My grandmother loves chocolate cherries too. I have never really enjoyed them much, but these brownies are another thing all together. So good!

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