Chocolate cherry brownies recipe & chewy cherry brownies: Two classic recipes

Chocolate cherry brownies recipe

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The original recipe ad here for chocolate cherry brownies came from Quaker Oats back in 1987. It uses bright red maraschino cherries for a burst of delicious old-fashioned flavor.

If you’d like to try another version without the oatmeal, we have a second recipe below for you, direct from 1977, that uses candied cherries.

Classic chocolate cherry brownies recipe ad (1987)

Classic Chocolate cherry brownies recipe

Chocolate cherry brownies

Chocolate cherry brownies recipe (1987)

Yield: 20 brownies
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

This original recipe for chocolate cherry brownies came from Quaker Oats back in 1987. It uses bright red maraschino cherries for a burst of delicious old-fashioned flavor.


  • 16 oz. maraschino cherries
  • 2/3 cup butter
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 1/4 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup Quaker oats (uncooked)
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup nuts, chopped (optional)
  • 2 tbsp. vegetable shortening


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Drain cherries. Reserve 12, and chop the remainder.
  3. In large saucepan, melt butter and 1/2 cup chocolate chips over low heat; stir until melted. Remove from heat; cool slightly.
  4. Add sugar, vanilla and eggs.
  5. Stir in combined dry ingredients, chopped cherries and nuts.
  6. Spread in greased 9x13-inch pan.
  7. Bake 25 minutes or until brownies pull away from pan sides. Cool completely.
  8. Halve reserved cherries; place on top of brownies.
  9. In saucepan over low heat, melt remaining chocolate and shortening. Stir until mixture melts and is smooth. Drizzle over brownies.
  10. Cool. Cut in 2-1/2" squares and store in an airtight container.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 20 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 252Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 36mgSodium: 121mgCarbohydrates: 34gFiber: 2gSugar: 24gProtein: 3g

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Retro recipe: Chewy cherry brownies (1977)

The Californian (Salinas, California) December 7, 1977


3 ounces unsweetened chocolate
1/2 cup butter or margarine
3 eggs
1/4 teaspoon salt
1-1/2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup flour
3-1/2 ounces flaked coconut
16 candied cherries, cut in half (optional)


In top of double boiler, melt together chocolate and butter. Cool to lukewarm. In mixing bowl, beat together eggs and salt until lemon-colored. Gradually add sugar. beating until thick, blend in cooled chocolate mixture and vanilla. Stir in flour until moistened. Fold in coconut.

Turn into greased 13 by 9-inch pan, spreading evenly. Press cherry halves into batter, cut side down, about 1 inch apart. Bake at 375 degrees 30 to 35 minutes or until cake tester inserted in center comes out clean.

Cool in pan on wire rack. When cool, cut into 32 bars. Store in loosely covered container.

Makes 32 bars

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