• Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cooking Time: 25 mins
  • Serves: 12

Choco Cherry Chocolate Chunk Fudgy Brownies

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 Ingredients List

  • 10 tablespoons unsalted butter (1 1/4 sticks), melted
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 2 tablespoons brewed coffee (leftover from the morning brew is fine), optional but recommend to enhance chocolate flavor and does not make brownies taste like coffee
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cups plus 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder (natural or Dutch-process, I used Droste Cocoa)
  • 1 teaspoon instant espresso coffee granules, optional but recommend to enhance chocolate flavor and does not make brownies taste like coffee
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt, optional and to taste
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • about 1/2 heaping cup thick cherry jam or preserves, well-stirred in jar
  • 6 ounces dark chocolate, coarsely chopped into chunks (semi-sweet chocolate chips may be substituted but won’t melt as well)


Preheat oven to 350F. Line an 8-by-8-inch baking pan with aluminum foil leaving overhang on the sides, spray with cooking spray; set aside.
In a large, microwave-safe bowl, add the butter and heat on high power to melt, about 1 minute. Allow butter to cool momentarily so you don’t scramble the eggs.
Add the eggs, sugars, optional coffee, vanilla, and whisk to combine.
Add the cocoa powder, optional espresso granules, optional salt, and whisk to combine. If your cocoa powder is lumpy, it could take a couple minutes of vigorous whisking.
Add the flour and stir until just combined, don’t overmix.
Turn batter out into prepared pan, smoothing it lightly with a spatula or knife. Batter is very thick and fudgy so take your time to work it into the corners of the pan.
Add the cherry jam over the brownie batter in 1 tablespoon-sized blobs. Stirring it first in the jar to break it up will make dolloping it out easier.

Using a knife, gently swirl the jam through the batter in a zig-zag pattern. Don’t get carried away and over-swirl because it will sink to the bottom of the pan while baking.
Evenly sprinkle chocolate chunks over the pan.
Bake for about 25 minutes, or until done; don’t overbake (I baked for 21 minutes in my very hot-running Caribbean oven). Because ovens, ingredients (how much moisture is in the jam used), and climates vary, use your judgment when your brownies are done; watch your brownies, not the number on the clock. A toothpick inserted in the center should come out mostly clean, but will likely have a few moist crumbs, but no batter. The jam doesn’t fully set up, and the chocolate chunks will be melty, so make sure to examine the brownie portion, not the jam or chocolate chunks portion, when glancing at your toothpick.
Allow brownies to rest for at least 1 hour, or overnight, before lifting out with foil overhang and slicing. Letting them cool properly gives the jam and chocolate chunks a chance to firm up and solidify. Brownies will keep airtight at room temperature or refrigerator for up to 1 week, or in the freezer for up to 6 months. I prefer to store rich brownies like these in the fridge and serve them slightly chilled.

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