ChocolateLove – Cherry Cordial Brownies

There are recipes you come across, that make you run to the kitchen and immediately start baking.  This recipe did just that, and ended with a fun ChocolateLove Happy Dance!

If you love frosting as much as I do, keep the recipe the way it is shared.  Otherwise, you may want to cut the frosting recipe in half.  My first bite of the brownie….my teeth immediately started screaming at me!  YES, this recipe is a serious SPLURGE dessert, so enjoy away!

I found this recipe the other day when at CafeTerraBlog Facebook page.  I made a few changes, but for the most part the recipe is the same! Thank you to A Little Bit Crunchy A Little Bit Rock and Roll for this delicious recipe!

This made the perfect Super Bowl Sunday sweet treat!

Yields 15

Cherry Cordial Brownies

Chocolatey brownie, covered by a thick layer of cherry love!

35 mins Prep Time

25 mins Cook Time

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For the Brownies:
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1/4 cup milk chocolate chips
1 cup Florida Crystals organic sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa, sifted
1/2 cup flour, sifted
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
For the Frosting:
3 to 4 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
10 ounces jar of maraschino cherries, drained, juice reserved
1 tablespoon milk
2 teaspoons of maraschino cherry juice
1 teaspoon almond extract
1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease an 8x11 inch pan.

Drain the cherries and coarsely chop them. Spread them out on a paper towel to dry slightly.

In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, salt, and baking powder.

Melt the butter in small sauce pan, take off heat, whisk in the milk chocolate chips until melted. Then whisk in the sugar and eggs. Slowly mix in the dry ingredients.

Pour into the prepared pan and bake for 20-25 minutes. Cool completely.

For the buttercream, beat the butter until fluffy, then mix in powdered sugar and extracts. Add the milk and maraschino cherry juice until it reaches a desired consistency. Fold in the chopped cherries.

Frost the cooled brownies. Chill for 30 minutes and then cut into squares.



Optional - Melt 1/4 cup chocolate chips and stir in 1 tsp vegatable oil. Drizzle over the frosted cut brownies.


If you want the perfect buttercream, be sure to beat  your butter first until fluffy.  Then mix in your other ingredients.  When I was at the cafe, Chef taught me how to make buttercream frosting perfect!  Today I got excited, and just started mixing everything, and did not fluff the butter first.  When I was ready to spread the frosting out a little bit later, the butter was separating from the sugar, and was definitely not smooth.  So make sure you beat that butter into submission to get the perfect buttercream!

Well it is that time of the month,  it is time for the Love Blog Hop!  This month we are enjoying chocolate in all different ways, sweet or savory!  There will be so many different ideas for you to choose from for this Valentines Day, or any day for that matter!

Please join in on the #chocolatelove fun by linking up any chocolate recipe from the month of February 2012. Don’t forget to link back to this post, so that your readers know to come stop by the #chocolatelove event! The twitter hashtag is #chocolatelove 🙂

Here are the hosts of the event –

A little bit of everythingAstig VeganBadger Girl Learns to CookBaker StreetBaking and Cooking, A Tale of Two LovesBaking ExtravaganzaBigFatBakerBon a croquer, CafeTerraBlog, Cake DuchessCakeballs, cookies and moreCooking with BooksCreative Cooking CornerEasily Good EatsElephant EatsGeorgiecakesHobby And MoreJava CupcakeKitchen BelleiciousMike’s BakingMis PensamientosNo One Likes Crumbley CookiesOh CakePreheat the OvenRico sin AzucarSavoring Every BiteSimply ReemSmart Food and FitSoni’s Food for ThoughtSprint 2 the TableTeaspoon of SpiceThat Skinny Chick Can Bake!!!The Dusty BakerThe More Than Occasional Baker , The Spicy RD, The Wimpy Vegetarian, Vegan Yack Attack!, Vegetarian Mamma, You Made That?

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  • Amaaaaaaaazing! Your pics are fantastic dear.
    • Thank you so much for your sweet words, that means so much to me!!! Love and Hugs!
  • How fun! Great photos; very tasty looking.
    • Thank you so much!!!! oxox
  • Yumm!!The frosting looks so deliciously good :)It sure is a great indulgent dessert!
    • Thank you so much! :-) oxox
  • Beckysbakingandcooking
    I love cherries and chocolate together, so this would be the ultimate dessert for me, especially that Cherry Butter Cream frosting.  Great Pics. Sending #chocolatelove your way!
    • Thank you so much for the sweet words!!! Hugs, Terra
  • These look really rich and soft and fudgy.  Ticks MY boxes !
    • I can't stop eating them, they are that yummy....and dangerous, LOL! Thank you so much! Hugs:-)
  • Emily Gordon
    I am so making these to take to work for V-Day next week. The cherry frosting sounds AMAZING! Thank you!
    • I am kinda addicted to them, you will love them! They are perfect for V-Day:-) Enjoy! Hugs, Terra
  • Suzanne
    yum chocolate brownies and cherry frosting sound great together. sending you some #chocolatelove :)
    • Thank you so much! Hugs, Terra
  • Oh wow, look at that thick cherry frosting.  To die for!
    • Yeah, kinda dangerous, LOL! I am in love with them:-) Thank you so much! Hugs, Terra
  • Kitchen Belleicious
    love me some brownies and the use of the cherry frosting is so unique and it looks delicious. sending some chocolatelove to ya! glad to be co-host with you
    • Thank you so much!!! Hugs, Terra
  • EA-The Spicy RD
    I would absolutely lay the frosting on super thick like you do-it's the best! Hard to believe you don't are for chocolate too much with this amazing creation :-). Happy #chocolatelove ! xoxo
    • I know to many people that love chocolate, and I make my goodies for so many people....soooooo I have to make chocolate goodies A LOT:-) Thank you so much! Love and Hugs!
  • Baker Street
    Cherries and brownies! Yes, please. Your brownies looks moist and decadent Terra! Lovely to bake with you this month. :) 
    • Thank you so much!! I can't stop eating them, I may need to make more, LOL! Hugs, Terra
  • Brownies are on my to-make list for tomorrow! Son has been asking for them. And I absolutely love chocolate and cherries! These look scrumptious! 
    • Oh let me know if you make them! I think your son will love them:-) Hugs, Terra
  • Nikki @ The Tolerant Vegan
    Oh my dear that FROSTING!!!!! I want it RIGHT NOW! 
    • LOL, I know that is the best part, frosting rocks!!! Hugs, Terra
  • This looks amazing!!!! Sending some #chocolatelove to you!
    • Thank you so much! Hugs, Terra
  • I love chocolate and cherry together. Doggone it woman...I want some now too!
    • LOL!!! I highly recommend you make them, you will be sooooo happy! Hugs, Terra
  • oh la la love these very fun bringing on on sat right he he
  • oh la la love these very fun bringing on on sat right he he
    • LOL! I won't be able to come on Saturday now, I am preparing for family coming in:-( BUT I bet someone will be bringing yummy treats:-) Hugs, Terra
  • Looks awesome Terra. I am so hungry for sweets right now.  SAVE ME.  :)
    • Stay strong and go enjoy a blood orange! Sending hugs:-)
  • Oh those brownies are calling my name..can I grab one please :)
    • You can totally have one, but grab one quick....I can't stop eating them, LOL! Hugs, Terra
  • I love desserts that make your teeth scream!  These look so chewy, ooey and gooey, especially with that cherry topping.  Phenomenal #chocolatelove submission!
    • I love how great minds think alike, teeth screaming means the sweet treat will be fantastic, LOL!!! Thank your for the sweet words, Hugs, Terra
  • Saw these on FB from chow and chatter and had to top by, OMG!! heaven!
    • Thank you so much!! I am so glad you stopped by:-) Hugs, Terra
  • Terra it looks amazing. I hope u kept some of this gorgeous brownies aside for me! ;) The best part is that pinky cherry cream, I wouldnt be able stop eating them!
    • I have a few left just for you! I kinda can't stop eating them, LOL!!! And now my Sister wants me to make them for her in a few weeks....guess my diet goes on hold, LOL! Hugs, Terra
  • Oh, my gosh, that frosting looks incredible! I just want to reach into the screen with a spoon (and fork)!  So full of #chocolatelove for your brownies :) xo
    • LOL!!! Thank you so much:-) My tummy was VERY happy:-) Hugs, Terra
  • dudut santiago of these days, i'll make myself a buttercream :) looks so yummy! can i substitute cherry with other fruits?
  • I almost wish that I liked maraschino cherries just for this recipe! I'd love to try out something like this with raspberries or strawberries.. mmm... The possibilities are endless! Sending #chocolatelove your way!
  • i have two jars of maraschino cherries sitting in the fridge, just begging to be used. i have the feeling i'd eat the frosting before i spread it on top of the brownies 
  • These are such a sinfully scrumptious delight! Wow!
  • Just wanted to stop by and say hi, and wish you a Happy Valentine's Day.  Oh my gosh--this looks wonderful, I am swooning!   I have nothing to offer for your wonderful blog hop except admiration and a wet keyboard from drooling.   Thank you!
  • Oh be still my heart .. I love cherry and chocolate!!  Baby wants one too :-)
  • Oh god, I can feel my teeth hurting already! But it really doesn't matter when it's a brownie as tasty as that..I must find a reason to bake brownies!