There's nothing like fresh cherries during the summer. While you can't go wrong with the classic pie, this super chocolatey cherry brownie cobbler will be your new favorite summer dessert. With a taste that is similar to black forest cake, this take on the famous Cracker Barrel dessert is quick and easy to make with cherries, chocolate, and a few other ingredients right from your kitchen cabinet. It has a crispy, chocolate exterior, a doughy brownie middle swirled with a sweet cherry filling, a rich chocolate flavor, and some chopped pralines on top add some crunch.
The best part of this chocolate cobbler is the juicy cherry filling. It's a great use for all the fresh cherries that you'll find at the farmer's market during the summer months but it works with frozen or canned cherries just as well. When shopping for cherries, the most common ones you will find are Bing and Rainier cherries which are the dark and sweet kind of bright red, tart cherries such as Morello or Montmorency.
Either one will taste delicious in this cobbler, whether you use dark and sweet, bright and tart, or a combination of both. Just be sure to adjust the amount of sugar based on the type of cherries you use.
How to Serve, Store, and Reheat
This chocolate cherry cobbler is best when served warm right from the oven, however, if needed it can be made ahead of time and then baked. To store, cover and refrigerated for up to five days. When ready to serve, just reheat it in the oven or serve at room temperature.
Tips for Making Cracker Barrel Cherry Chocolate Cobbler
- Serve topped with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream for a decadent dessert.
- This recipe uses pralines but you can try sprinkling with almonds, walnuts, or any type of nut you prefer.
- For an ultra chocolate taste, you can use 70% extra-dark semi-sweet morsels or for a less intense flavor, use semisweet, milk chocolate, or even white chocolate.
- If you are using fresh cherries and don't happen to have a pitter around the house, removing the pit is easy by simply cutting the cherries in half and popping out the pit that way.
- Once you have this chocolate cherry cobbler down, try it with some of your other favorite fruits. This recipe works amazingly well with blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, and peaches too.
Cracker Barrel Cherry Chocolate Cobbler Recipe
- 2½-3 cups cherries pitted
- 1½ cups granulated sugar
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup butter softened
- 1 cup dark chocolate chips
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup finely chopped nuts
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
- Combine the cherries and lemon juice in a large mixing bowl, and stir to coat. Spread the cherries into a 9x13 inch baking dish and set aside.
- In a medium mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, sugar, and salt and whisk with a fork. Using your hands or a pastry blender, work the butter into the dry mixture until well incorporated.
- Add the chocolate chips to a metal bowl and place them over a pan of hot water.
- Stir until melted and remove from heat. Allow the chocolate to cool for 10 minutes until room temperature. Mix the milk and egg into the melted chocolate and stir till combined.
- Pour the chocolate mixture into the flour and mix well.
- Drop large scoops of the chocolate batter on top of the cherries. Sprinkle about 2 tablespoons of sugar over the top of the batter.
- Bake the cobbler in the preheated oven for about 45 minutes, or until the topping is brown and the cherry juices are bubbling at the top. Serve the cobbler warm with vanilla ice cream.