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Cherry Balsamic Brownies

March 26, 2012

I mentioned balsamic cherry brownies on Twitter, and the world instantly clambored for the recipe. This is our first attempt at this particular variation (after being inspired by an episode of Unique Sweets on the Cooking Channel last night), and the brownies are in the oven, so…pix and reviews afterward.

Ultimate Fudgy Brownies (with glossy brownie crust!)

Category: Desserts
Nationality: American
Based on recipe from: America´s Test Kitchen Family Cookbook


  • 1 cup dried tart cherries
  • 1 cup high quality balsamic vinegar
  • 5 oz bittersweet or semisweet chocolate pieces
  • 2 oz unsweetened chocolate pieces
  • 8 T (1 stick) unsalted butter in pieces
  • 3 T cocoa powder
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 t vanilla extract
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1 cup AP flour


  1. Soak the cherries in the balsamic overnight, or all day.
  2. Heat oven to 350, line 8″ square pan with foil and oil
  3. Drain the cherries while you work. (Save the delicious cherry-balsamic for future salad dressing or other reicpe!!)
  4. Melt chocolates, butter, and cocoa in microwave, stirring often (1-3 minutes)
  5. Whisk sugar, eggs, vanilla, and salt together.
  6. Whisk in melted chocolate mixture.
  7. Mix in the drained cherries.
  8. Stir in flour till no streaks remain.
  9. Pour into pan, smooth top, bake till it passes the toothpick test…35-40 minutes.
  10. Cool completely, ~2 hours, before depanning/cutting.

Lemme know how it goes for you!


2 Comments leave one →
  1. March 26, 2012 2:09 am

    I love your blog! Recipes are so exciting to read and to get people motivated to cook. So much fun!

  2. kasandra permalink
    December 29, 2013 10:43 am

    perfect, perfect recipe! tested it on some friends and they loved the little twist of flavor from the cherries. something about them made the brownies deeply satisfying. ONLY TIP: is that to be sure to drain the cherries really, really well or the vinegar will seep to the bottom of the brownies over time. other than that, they were amazing!

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