Black Forest Brownies

Thursday 22 October 2020

Black Forest Brownies

 I have always loved Brownies. When it comes to baked chocolate goodies, brownies are probably one of my favourite ones. Having said that however, in thinking about chocolate cake, I think brownies are second to chocolate cake. 

I do have several very good from scratch brownie recipes on here. I think as I get older I am a lot less into things like this than I was when I was younger. I think perhaps when you get older you get a bit choosier about how often you indulge and what you choose to indulge in. 


I do not think however that I would ever say not to either a small sliver of chocolate cake, or a small piece of a brownie. No matter how rich they were.  

It is true, your appetite does decrease as you get older. You just don't need as many calories. I have really noticed it over this past year myself. 

Black Forest Brownies


I have used a brownie mix for these brownies today. I used the Ghiradelli Triple Chocolate Brownie mix that you can buy in Costco. It comes with three bags of mix in the box. 

They are incredibly rich and moist. My friend Tina buys them all the time so her wee grandson Freddie can help her bake. He just stirs the mix up and he thinks he has done something really special! 

You will also need a tin of cherry pie filling. This is a photograph of the brownies before  they go into the oven so that I could show you the placement of the pie filling in the pre-bake. 

You won't use the whole tin.  I picked out the cherries as best as I could and only used a bit of the sauce as you can see. 

Black Forest Brownies


You will also need some flaked almonds. They get scattered around each dollop of the pie filling prior to baking as well. 


That's it in a nutshell really. Other than that all you will need is what the boxed Brownie mix calls for. In this case it was oil, water and an egg. 

I tried to mark the brownie batter into rough squares before I added the pie filling.  This helped me to position it properly. 

To do that you will need to use a sharp knife and divide the batter into four sections running one way, and then another four running the other way.  16 segments altogether.  

Don't worry the lines you mark will fill in almost as soon as you have marked them. But at least you will have a rough idea of where to put the cherries. Job done!  

One of my favourie brownie recipes has to be the one for my Peppermint Brownies. For that recipe you blitz a peppermint tea bag in a spice grinder and add it to the batter, along with some peppermint extract for a double whammy. 

They are extraordinarily delicious!  They go wonderfully on your christmas baking trays if you make them. Its always nice to gift people with holiday baking!  

I have never had anyone refuse one. Never!  Another favourite brownie recipe is my Triple Chocolate  Fudge Brownies

Anyhow, these are really quite delicious. Fudgy and moist. Quite rich actually. I would be most surprised if you could eat more than one in one sitting. 

They would be excellent served slightly warm, with the addition of a scoop of ice cream or some whippd cream. 

Black Forest Brownies


If you wanted to really make it authentic to the Black Forest, you could stir some Kirsch into the pie filling. Or, once baked, poke some holes into the brownies here and there and drizzle in some Kirsch.  

About 18 years ago we took one of our first holidays together into the Black Forest and I treated myself to a slice of Black Forest Cake one day when we were out and about. 

Black Forest Brownies


It is a cake that the Black Forest is very famous for.   Can I be honest here? 


Why not! I always am!  Either it was a very bad cake or Black Forest Cake is not all it is cracked up to be. I just didn't get the appeal. 

Black Forest Brownies


The lovely hot chocolate I enjoyed along side of it more than made up for it however. All was not lost!  

Have any of you had the experience of enjoying a slice of Black Forest Cake in Germany? I had really hyped myself up to enjoy this cake and it was really quite a disappointment! 

Maybe homemade ones are infinitely better. Perhaps one day I need to make one of my own just to see. 

In the meantime I hope you will try these Black Forest Brownies and that you will enjoy them. Rich, decadent, moist and delicious.  These were meant for sharing! 

Black Forest Brownies

Black Forest Brownies
Yield: 16 squares
Author: Marie Rayner
prep time: 10 Mincook time: 35 Mintotal time: 45 Min
You couldn't get much easier than this. These rich and delcious bars use a boxed brownie mix and a tin of cherry pie filling.


  • 1 box of brownie mix (I used the Costco Ghiradelli triple chocolate brownie mix)
  • Ingredients needed according to the brownie mix
  • 1 tin of cherry fruit pie filling
  • flaked almonds
  • icing sugar to dust (optional)


  1. Prepare your brownie mix according to the package directions, preheating the oven to the correct temperature and buttering and lining a 9 inch square baking pan.
  2. Spread the brownie batter into the baking dish. Mark it into 16 squares as best as you can. Pop a TBS of the cherry pie filling into the centre of each square. Sprinkle the almonds around the edges of each square.
  3. Bake according to the package directions.
  4. Cool completely.  Dust lightly with icing sugar, remove from the pan and cut into squares to serve.


These are delicious served warm with ice cream or whipped cream.
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Black Forest Brownies


So what are you favourite kinds of brownies? Do you use a Brownie mix ever? Do you like it? What is your favourite brand?  I normally make them from scratch and I am sure this would also work with a scratch brownie recipe. Here is my favourite Brownie Recipe. 

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  1. My favorite brownie, mint chocolate! Yum.

  2. Brownies must be a North American thing because I never grew up with them and only ever saw them mentioned in American novels. Mum made a chocolate slice (I think they'd be called bars in America) but not brownies. The only brownies I knew were the junior version of the Girl Guides :)

    I can't say that brownies in general appeal to me as I'm not a lover of chocolate. My husband loves all chocolate, but I rarely ever eat it. Brownies however do sound a bit like the Swedish kladdkaka (roughly translates as gooey cake) which my husband loves.

    I've never eaten Blackforest Cake and doubt it's something I'd ever order. I can't walk past lemon meringue pie, but have no trouble ignoring chocolate desserts.

    Cake mixes aren't widely sold here. They like to do things from scratch and shun a lot of convenience food. I don't recall ever using them back home either. Mum baked a lot herself, so I learned to make cakes when I was still quite young and have never thought of buying a cake mix.

    1. I think they must be North American Marie! We don't get a lot of cake mixes here either, although slowly the UK is becoming Americanised and more things like this are showing up. My mom used to bake before she went out to work and then it was only around Christmas. I ADORE LEMON MERINGUE PIE! I would choose it over chocolate anything, any time! We are so much alike! xoxo

  3. That mix from Costco is the bomb for the boys.I keep a box just for that:)

    1. I can't wait to be able to say that Monique! xoxo

  4. I have never made a Black Forest Cake but I love all the ingredients that go into it. It always looks sooo delicious. So do these brownies! ~Elaine

    1. They are downright dangerous Elaine. I gave all but two away! lol xoxo

  5. These look gorgeous Marie! Black Forest is my partner's favourite chocolate cake and with this brownie recipe so simple to whip together, it will certainly satisfy that craving. I'll just have to pretend it was an @r$e to make, lol.

    1. I wish I could understand the appeal Jen! Guess I have just never had a good one. Will have to make my own! Your partner will think you slaved all day and don't tell him any different! lol xoxo


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