Black Forest Brownies Recipe

Black forest brownies

  • makes 20
  • Easy

Black forest brownies combine two of our favourite sweet treats. This brownie/black forest gâteau mash-up is boozy, cherry-studded, chocolatey heaven. Add a big dollop of kirsch spiked cream if you can handle it


Try this black forest twist on a brownie, then check out our classic chocolate brownies, Guinness brownies, sourdough brownies, vegan brownies and more brownie recipes.



  • butter 200g, plus extra for greasing
  • light soft brown sugar 225g
  • golden caster sugar 200g
  • cocoa powder 125g
  • dark chocolate 100g, broken into chunks
  • salt ¼ tsp
  • kirsch or cherry liqueur 2 tbsp
  • eggs 4
  • self-raising flour 125g
  • cherries 250g, stoned, plus extra to serve if you like

TO SERVE (optional)

  • whipping cream 300ml
  • kirsch 2 tbsp
  • icing sugar 3 tbsp, sifted


  • Step 1

    Heat the oven to 170C/fan 150C/gas 3. Butter a 20 x 30cm baking tin and line with baking parchment. Put the butter, sugars, cocoa powder and chocolate in a big saucepan together and melt together gently, stirring occasionally.

  • Step 2

    When everything is melted and smooth, remove from the heat for 5 minutes, then, using a wooden spoon, beat in the salt, kirsch and eggs until smooth again. Stir through the flour and cherries, then scrape into the prepared tin and bake for 30 minutes.

  • Step 3

    While the brownies are baking, prepare a roasting tin of iced water that will fit the brownie tin inside it. When the brownies have a crisp top and only a slight wobble to the centre still, lift the tin from the oven into the water bath – this will keep the centre soft, but set. Cool completely in the water.

  • Step 4

    To serve, whisk the whipping cream with more kirsch and icing sugar until softly peaked. Dust the brownies with a little more icing sugar and cocoa if you like, and add a dollop of kirsch cream with extra fresh cherries.

Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 257
  • Fat 12.7g
  • Saturates 7.4g
  • Carbs 30g
  • Fibre 1.8g
  • Protein 3.8g
  • Salt 0.5g