These cherry chocolate brownie hearts topped with cherry sauce are absolutely delicious. They are simple to make too, they can also be made ahead of time and put together just before you serve. I love making this brownie dessert for dates nights I have with my hubby. We ended up eating these hearts a lot during 2020 as we were in lock down most of the year and restaurants were all closed.

Health Benefits of Cherries

Cherries have many health benefits, they are rich in antioxidants. Antioxidants are substances that may protect your cells against free radicals, these play a role in illnesses such as heart disease and some types of cancers. Cherries also have anti-inflammatory properties too, they are packed with fiber and vitamin C. I’ve even heard that cherries can improve your sleep.

Cherry chocolate brownie hearts

Vegan Cherry Brownie recipe

I almost Forgot to mention that this is actually a vegan friendly recipe. All the ingredients I used were all dairy free and egg free. If you don’t want to add in soya milk you can add any dairy free milk you like, what ever you have to hand will probably be fine. So if you were looking for delicious vegan cherry brownies you can end your search here.

Cherry Pitter

If your looking to make your life easier when it comes to de-pitting your cherries, why not treat yourself to a cherry and olive pitter. When its cherry season I tend to make a lot of cherry desserts so thought this would come in handy. Up until this year I had never heard of them before. I ordered myself one from Amazon this week and looking forward to speeding up my cherry prep time by half. This cherry and olive pitter has great reviews and has free delivery for Amazon prime members.

Cherry chocolate brownie hearts

Cherry Brownie hearts topped with cherry dessert sauce

Jennifer Katie
This Cherry chocolate brownie hearts topped with a sweet cherry sauce recipe is very delicious and easy to make. A perfect dessert to show someone you love them.
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr 5 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American, British
Servings 4
Calories 490 kcal

Ingredients
  

For the Brownie

For the cherry sauce

Instructions
 

To make the brownies

  • First things first, preheat your oven to 180°C
  • Next prepare a medium sized Pyrex dish, grease with a little butter or oil then line with parchment paper.
  • Now brake 150g of dark chocolate into a separate glass Pyrex bowl and heat over a pan with simmering water, stir until melted. Then set to one side.
  • Into a large mixing bowl or stand mixer add in the selfraising flour, cocoa powder, caster sugar and a Pinch of salt.
  • Then in a measuring jug add in your milk, vanilla extract and sunflower oil give it a little stir.
  • Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix well.
  • Once mixed pour in your delicious melted chocolate that we set to one side.
  • Lastly mix in 100g of pitted and halved cherries.
  • When your mixture is well incorporated grab your prepped dish, and fill it up with your gorgeous gooey cherry chocolate brownie mixture.
  • Now all you have to do is spread it out so it's all even.
  • Now pop it in the oven at 180°C for 30 minutes.
  • To test if your brownie is cooked properly, you simply stick in a fork or skewer, pull it out and if there is no gooey mixture on it, it's done. If there is a little gooey mixture on it, simply pop it back in the oven for a couple more minutes and test again.
  • Once cooked leave in the dish to cool.

To make the cherry sauce

  • Wash and pit the cherries.
  • Into a small saucepan add in the water, cornstarch, lemon juice and sugar and whisk together.
  • Heat the mixture over a medium heat, keep whisking until it starts to thicken.
  • Now add in your cherries and bring to a light boil, stirring occasionally until the cherry sauce has thickened this should take about 8-10 minutes.
  • Remove from the heat and cool at room temperature it will thicken as it cools.

Assembling the brownie hearts

  • Once the brownie has cooled completely, remove from the Pyrex dish and cut out your cherry hearts using a heart shaped cookie cutter.
    cherry brownie heart instructions
  • You should be able to get about four to five hearts if your clever with the cutting.
  • Place each cherry brownie heart on a plate then top with your gorgeous cherry dessert sauce, then serve and enjoy.
    Cherry chocolate brownie hearts

Notes

Tips and Tricks
If you want that extra hit of flavor and richness, I also sometimes add in ½ a shot of espresso.
Do the fork test, if the brownie is still gooey in the middle and sticks to the fork, put back in for a couple more minutes. Every oven is a little different so when you've cooked these delicious brownies once, you'll know the correct timing for your oven.
I find that the brownies taste better made with fresh cherries, but at a push you could get away with canned cherries, just be sure to drain them really well otherwise they will make your brownie soggy.
You can use frozen cherries for the cherry sauce if you wish, you'll need to use slightly less water (around 50mls) and cook over a medium heat for a few extra minutes.

Nutrition

Sodium: 26mgCalcium: 94mgVitamin C: 10mgVitamin A: 220IUSugar: 46gFiber: 7gPotassium: 525mgCholesterol: 1mgCalories: 490kcalTrans Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 8gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 7gFat: 18gProtein: 8gCarbohydrates: 78gIron: 4mg
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If your wondering what to do with any leftover brownie pieces, why not make this beautiful brownie, whipped cream and chopped fruit dessert bowl. Its a great way to use up any leftovers. In our house we call this “A bowl of yes please”.

If you live in the UK and your looking for an even easier option for delicious chocolate brownies, why not check out the company Bad Brownie. Their brownies are very tasty and well worth the try. Unfortunately they don’t deliver to Ireland lol.

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