When I have a great idea for a recipe and it fails in testing, I despise throwing away the failure. I hate to waste all those ingredients! But these chocolate cherry brownies came about from two failed recipes with almost nothing going to waste and that makes me extra proud of these!
I started off making a spiked cherry truffle. I soaked half my cherries in bourbon and half in vodka overnight, but in my constant state of exhaustion I made a ganache to cover the cherries. Fun fact: ganache doesn’t harden completely. It stiffens and holds shape pretty well, but it doesn’t completely solidify. That’s no good for truffles! Your fingers will be covered in chocolate! Failure! But I had dipped ALL the cherries in the ganache already. (This is a terrible idea when recipe testing. Always try out a few first!)
So I then decided to make a brownie mix and put a cherry and some brownie mix in each hole of a mini muffin tin. I made just a few of these to test it out, but if you’ve ever made my Better than Box Mix Brownies, you know they are super ooey gooey and that makes them impossible to cleanly remove from a muffin cup! And if you haven’t made my Better than Box Mix Brownies…what are you waiting for?!
Luckily I only made a few to test, so I didn’t waste much. So now I have most of a brownie batter, and a bunch of ganache soaked cherries. What to do?! I poured about half the brownie batter into an 8×8 pan, covered the top of the batter with the spiked ganache covered cherries, poured the rest of the brownie batter on top, and baked.
The bright red cherry against the dark chocolate of the brownie is just so gorgeous, and that cherry chocolate flavor combo is on fleek. Do people still say that? Is that a thing? Well, it’s really good. And you get that hint of bourbon or vodka and the ganache gives it a little boost of chocolate gooeyness. I’m just saying, if you serve these for Valentine’s day, you will win hearts for life.