September 4th, 2013

Individual Black Forest Brownie Trifles

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My husband is a huge fan of black forest cake–and chocolate covered cherries too–so any time I come up with a chocolate-cherry dessert it’s sure to be a hit. And these Individual Black Forest Brownie Trifles were no exception. 

Black Forest Brownie Trifles

I mean, what’s not to love about layers of chewy brownie, homemade cherry sauce and fresh whipped cream?

Yes, you could use canned cherry pie filling, but the homemade stuff is oh so easy (with the help of a cherry pitter) and totally worth the extra bit of effort.

If you’re looking to save time with this recipe, go for store-bought brownies (that’s what I did!) and put your efforts into the cherry filling. It’s what makes this dessert extra special!

If you don’t have individual trifle bowls or similar sized glass dishes, this will work just as well in the larger, standard-size trifle dish.

Individual Black Forest Brownie Trifles

Preparation 20 mins Cook Time 15 mins Total Time 35 mins


  • 1 square (9×9-inch) pan brownies, store bought or from your favorite mix or recipe
  • 4 cups fresh cherries, pitted
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • Chocolate shavings, for garnish (optional)


  1. Cut brownies into 1-inch cubes; set aside
  2. In a medium saucepan whisk together 1/2 cup sugar, water and cornstarch.
  3. Stir in cherries and bring to a boil over medium heat.
  4. Simmer for 10-15 minutes until cherries begin to soften and mixture thickens and resembles pie filling; cool.
  5. Meanwhile, whip heavy cream and 2 tablespoons sugar with an electric mixer until soft peaks form.
  6. Divide half of the brownies between 4 individual glass bowls, followed by half of the cherry filling, then half of the whipped cream. Repeat once more, ending with whipped cream.
  7. Garnish with chocolate shavings, if desired.
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  1. I love anything ‘black forest’. These look wonderful!

  2. You know- I’m going to have to make this- like right now. Oh my it looks so good.

  3. looks delish!

  4. I can’t wait to make this for my mom! About a month or so ago she raved about a chocolate & cherry dessert “shot” she tried at a wedding. Thanks for sharing!

  5. These are so pretty. Would it work to use thawed, frozen cherries in this recipe?

    • I think it probably would. I’d love to know how it turns out if you decide to give it a try!

      • Thanks for responding so quickly Danelle! I was trying to decide what to make for a pre-prom dinner I am hosting for some high school students, and knew this would be perfect when I found it on my pin board.I will definitely let you know how they turn out! Most trifles I have made actually improve if allowed to sit overnight. Have you ever done that with these, or do they need to be eaten immediately after being assembled?


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