Manhattan Cocktail Brownies Recipe

    16 Servings


  • 12 ounces Semisweet Chocolate, or dark chocolate
  • 6 tablespoons Unsalted Butter
  • 2 tablespoons Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 3/4 cup Organic Cane Sugar
  • 3 Eggs, room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 3/4 cup Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 2 tablespoons Cherry Liqueur
  • 1 tablespoon Sweet Vermouth
For the Ganache:
  • 1 cup Semisweet Chocolate Chips, or dark chocolate chips
  • 8 ounces Heavy Cream
  • 2 ounces Bourbon
  • Luxardo Cherries, or maraschino cherries, to finish


  1. Heat your oven to 350°F and line a 9x9 square pan with parchment paper.
  2. In a double boiler, melt the chocolate and butter until smooth.
  3. Remove from the heat and then whisk in the cocoa powder, sugar, eggs and vanilla extract until smooth.
  4. Mix in the flour and salt with a spoon and then the cherry liqueur.
  5. Pour into your prepared pan and bake for 25-30 minutes or until the top of the brownies have a nice shiny crust.
  6. Let cool for about 5 minutes and then using a skewer poke holes all over the brownies and brush the sweet vermouth onto the brownies.
  7. Let cool completely.
  8. While the brownies are cooling prepare the chocolate ganache.
  9. Place the chocolate chips in a heat proof boil and bring the heavy cream to simmer in a small saucepan. Pour the heavy cream over the chocolate chips, let sit for about 30 seconds and stir until completely melted. Stir in the bourbon and let sit at room temperature to cool for about 30-45 minutes. While the ganache cools it will thicken up to a spreadable consistency.
  10. Once both the ganache and brownies are cool, spread the ganache over the brownies. You can either do it will still in the pan or remove the brownies from the pan by lifting up the parchment paper.
  11. Cut the brownies into 16 servings and top each square with a cherry.
  12. Store brownies, covered at room temperature for about 2-3 days. 


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Author: Susan Palmer
Recipe Yields: 16 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe 16

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 158
Calories 335

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 20g
  Saturated Fat 11g
Sodium 83mg
Total Carbohydrate 35g
  Dietary Fiber 2g
  Sugars 28g
Protein 3g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
Susan Palmer

About Susan

Susan bakes up delicious treats as the Girl in the Little Red Kitchen at home in Brooklyn. She's joined Food Fanatic as a Cocktails and Boozy Desserts Fanatic, and we could not be more excited!