Gluten free Cherry Browine Bites

Gluten Free Cherry Brownie Bites Recipe

One thing I always have in my fridge is a jar of maraschino cherries. There is something about their vibrant red color that just makes me happy. As a kid I called them “cheery cherries.” And to this day I am hard pressed to suppress a smile when presented with a dessert topped with a maraschino cherry. Even the most humble dish of store bought ice cream becomes an event when topped with a maraschino cherry. And as a food blogger, I find that the little pop of red from a cherry can brighten up any photo.

So you can imagine how pleased I was when asked to develop gluten-free recipes for the National Sweet Cherry Growers & Indrustries Foundation.

The obvious choice, for me anyway, is to pair these sweet cherries with rich, dark chocolate. Thus Gluten-free Cherry Brownie Bites were born. Fudgy, gooey gluten-free brownies (which are grain–free as well) are studded with chunks of sweet cherries. I couldn’t decide if the perfect topping would be a chocolate ganache or very lightly sweetened, whipped cream. So I did both! My husband, who prefers his desserts on the sweeter side, voted for the ganache topped brownies while I preferred the whipped cream. I must say that the resulting contrast of toppings made for a fun game of edible checkers.

Gluten Free Cherry Brownie Bites Recipe

These brownies can be baked in an 8 inch square pan if you prefer; just increase the cooking time to about 25 minutes. The top should be set but still a little squiggly inside. They will firm up as they cool.

I love the presentation of baking them in mini-muffin tins and with swim suit season just around the corner the portion control is a plus.

I ground my own almonds using about 2 cups of slivered almonds to produce 1½ cups of ground almonds. I wanted little flecks of nut meat through out. If you prefer a finer texture use finely ground almond meal from blanched almonds.

Gluten Free Cherry Brownie Bites

Gluten Free Cherry Brownie Bites


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Gluten free Cherry Browine Bites
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Gluten Free Cherry Brownie Bites Recipe

Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Chill time5 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 48 brownie bites
Calories: 147kcal
Author: Gluten Free & More


Cherry Brownie Bites

  • 1 (10 ounce) jar maraschino cherries – drained reserving 5 tablespoons of the syrup
  • 8 ounces good quality bittersweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs – beaten
  • cups ground almonds
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher or fine sea salt
  • Cherry Chocolate Ganache (recipe follows) or
  • 1 cup whipped cream lightly sweetened with a tablespoon or two of reserved cherry syrup
  • 48 maraschino cherries for decoration – drained and patted dry

Cherry Chocolate Ganache

  • 4 ounces good quality semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • ½ cup heavy whipping cream
  • 3 tablespoons reserved cherry syrup


Cherry Brownie Bites

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Insert paper liners in 48 mini muffin cups .
  • Pat the cherries dry and chop them roughly. Set aside.
  • Melt the chocolate chips and butter in a heat proof bowl in the microwave for 2 ½ - 3 minutes, stirring once or twice until the butter is fully melted and the chips are almost all melted. Stir until all the chocolate is melted and the mixture is smooth and glossy. Stir in the vanilla extract, 2 tablespoons of the reserved maraschino cherry syrup and the sugar. Let cool slightly.
  • Beat in the eggs, ground almonds, salt and chopped cherries. Divide batter between the prepared muffin tins filling the tins almost full. A small ice cream scoop helps with this.
  • Bake for 10 – 14 minutes or until the tops are set and feel firmish to the touch but the insides are still soft. Do not over bake. Let cool in pan for 5 minutes then turn out to a wire rack to finish cooling.
  • If using chocolate ganache, spoon some ganache on top of the brownies, top each with a maraschino cherry and refrigerate for at least half an hour to firm the ganache. Can be made a day ahead.
  • If topping with cream, pipe or dollop on the whipped cream just before serving and top each brownie with a cherry.

Cherry Chocolate Ganache

  • Pour chocolate chips into a small heatproof bowl. Heat the cream and cherry syrup in a small pan over medium high heat until it just comes to a boil. Pour the hot milk mixture over the chocolate chips and let set for 5 minutes. Stir until smooth and glossy. Let set for about 10 – 15 minutes then spoon over the brownies.


Nutrition Facts
Gluten Free Cherry Brownie Bites Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 147 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 6g30%
Cholesterol 27mg9%
Sodium 24mg1%
Potassium 52mg1%
Carbohydrates 13g4%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 11g12%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 212IU4%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 35mg4%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Tags: Bites Brownies Cherries Chocolate Ganache Sweet
  1. Anonymous
    June 17, 2010

    Wow! So beautiful. I am definately making these! Sandy

  2. Anonymous
    June 17, 2010

    Wow, those look absolutely scrumptious. And they look sinful, but being gluten-free, they are sans-sin, so I can't wait to try them.

  3. Lisa (bakebikeblog)
    June 17, 2010

    Oh these are just delightful! Such beautiful photos too!

    June 17, 2010

    YUMMMMM!!!!! Looks good – what a simple treat.

  5. gluten girl in austin (sarah)
    June 17, 2010

    gorgeous photos. want to do my upcoming wedding?!? :)

  6. Christine
    June 17, 2010

    Scrumptious, tempting little bites – they're gorgeous. Your photos are outstanding.
    Thank you for you kind comment on my blog post. I truly appreciate it.

    June 17, 2010

    What a sweet and very beautiful cupcake recipe. Yes, the cherries do add a bunch of cheer and pop of color. I too love being able to taste my almonds. Beautiful photos!

  8. Anonymous
    June 18, 2010

    Perfect little cherry bites……and you are rockin on that photography. These lttle guys looks delicious.

  9. Aubree Cherie
    June 18, 2010

    My favorite types of food are the ones that taste amazing (obviously) but that are also almost too good looking to actually eat. These would definitely fit in that category! :)


    ~Aubree Cherie

  10. Sarah
    June 18, 2010

    Yummy this is delish!

  11. Tasty Eats At Home
    June 18, 2010

    Ooh, these sound dangerously good!

  12. Chelsey
    June 18, 2010

    Ha! I remember when I was a little girl I vowed that when i grew up I would eat an entire jar of merishino cherries….I never ended up doing it, but thinking about it makes me smile! These little bites look amazing, btw. No doubt I would want to eat more than a swim suit portion. :)

  13. Angie Moore
    June 18, 2010

    Mmmmm… look yummy!

  14. I Am Gluten Free
    June 18, 2010

    Carol – these look great. Beautiful and delicious. How's the book coming?


  15. The Gluten-free 'Dish'
    June 18, 2010

    Beautiful! Please eat a few for me!

  16. Sarena Shasteen - The Non-Dairy Queen
    June 18, 2010

    Those look amazing! I love baking with almond flour. What a great product!

  17. The InTolerant Chef
    June 18, 2010

    They sound wonderful. I love to develop and trial new recipes, how exciting!

  18. The Short (dis)Order Cook
    June 21, 2010

    Wow. These look decadent. I have been curious about making gluten-free brownies lately, so this answered a few questions. I'm wondering how fresh cherries would taste in these.

  19. Carrie
    June 21, 2010

    those are SO adorable!! You're just so awesomely creative!! :-)

  20. Anonymous
    June 23, 2010

    Made em……awesome recipe Carol!! It's the 5th recipe of yours that I have made. Had to hide them from the kids!!
    Thanks! Randy

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