These super fudgy and rich double chocolate strawberry brownies are strawberry-flavored with crinkle tops and gooey middles. They’re made with fresh strawberries and real chocolate. The best homemade brownie recipe!
Fudgy chocolate strawberry brownie recipe
There’s nothing better than strawberries and chocolate. I love chocolate-covered strawberries because they are sweet, fresh, and rich. So naturally, I had to turn one of my favorite sweet treats into a brownie recipe. These double chocolate chip brownies are gooey, fudgy, and strawberry-flavored. They’re filled with both strawberry jam and fresh strawberries.
These are seriously the best brownies ever. You all loved these flourless brownies and these oat flour brownies so much that I decided to get creative in the kitchen with this strawberry version. The tops are crinkly, the middle is gooey, and the edges are crisp. I am seriously in love!
These strawberry brownies are refined sugar-free and sweetened with coconut sugar and maple syrup, making them a healthier recipe. But don’t worry; this dessert does not compromise taste! No one will be able to tell they are lightened up.
These brownies were a huge hit in our household. Plus, they are perfect for Valentine’s Day, Summer, the Holidays, and parties. I couldn’t stop going back to the kitchen for another square; they are addictive.
Why you’ll love this recipe:
- Gooey and Crinkle Tops: Super gooey middles with crispy edges and crinkly tops.
- Super Rich: Strawberry brownies are sweet, rich, and decadent.
- No Oil: Best of all, these brownies don’t have oil in them!
- Fresh Strawberries: Unlike other recipes.
- Refined Sugar-Free: Sweetened with maple syrup and coconut sugar.
- Dietary Options: They can be made dairy-free and gluten-free.
- Perfect for Holidays: Make them for Valentine’s Day, Christmas, or a Birthday!
- Kid-Approved: Kids and icky eaters love these strawberry brownies.
- Basic Ingredients: Easy to make with basic pantry ingredients.
- Try these extra gooey flourless brownies next!
These fudgy and rich homemade strawberry brownies call for simple ingredients like flour, cocoa powder, maple syrup, cocoa powder, and eggs. This brownie recipe is refined-sugar-free and can easily be made dairy-free and gluten-free. Here is a list of everything you need so you are prepared:
- Flour: Use all-purpose flour for these strawberry brownies. If needed, you can use 1:1 gluten-free all-purpose flour.
- Cocoa Powder: To give the brownies color and that classic chocolate boxed brownie taste. Make sure to use a high-quality cocoa powder like this one. It makes a huge difference taste-wise!
- Coconut Sugar: This brownie recipe is refined sugar-free! We sweetened them with coconut sugar. You can also use light or dark brown sugar if you don’t have coconut sugar.
- Maple Syrup: You also need a little maple syrup for sweetness and to help achieve that super fudgy brownie texture.
- Chocolate Bar or Chips: I love using a dark chocolate bar, but you can also use 3/4 cup of chocolate chips. Dark chocolate is my absolute favorite, but feel free to use semi-sweet, too.
- Eggs: This adds protein but also helps hold the brownie’s structure and crumb together.
- Butter: There is nothing better than butter! This helps make the brownies extra moist and gooey. You can make this recipe dairy-free with vegan butter or melted coconut oil. I left a whole list of ingredient substitutions below.
- Vanilla Extract: For flavor.
- Strawberry Preserves: You can also use strawberry jam. The strawberry preserves add flavor and the best sweetness to these strawberry brownies.
- Fresh Strawberries: For looks and flavor. You only need a few strawberries to top the brownies before baking.
Kitchen tools needed
Here is a list of kitchen utensils for making these easy strawberry chocolate brownies. Clean-up will be easy!
- 8×8″ Baking Pan
- Parchment Paper
- Mixing Bowl
- Measuring Tools: 1 teaspoon, 1/4 cup, 1/2 cup, and 1 cup.
How to make chocolate strawberry brownies
These double chocolate strawberry brownies are so easy to make. Here are detailed step-by-step instructions with pictures for visual reference so any level cook can make them. You’ll be in and out of the kitchen in under 30 minutes. The full recipe and ingredient measurements are at the bottom of this page in the recipe card.
First, preheat oven to 350°F, lightly grease, and line an 8×8″ baking pan with parchment paper.
Then, mix flour and cocoa powder in a bowl and set it to the side.
In a second large mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs and coconut sugar for 30 seconds to 1 minute until a little foamy and mixed. Set aside when done.
Add one stick of butter and ¾ cup of dark chocolate to a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave in 20-second increments until melted & whisk together. Then, whisk the melted chocolate and maple syrup into the egg mixture. Follow with the vanilla and cocoa-flour mix. Whisk together until thoroughly combined. It will be a little thick – that is ok!
After that, pour the batter into the lined baking dish and spread it into an even layer. Dollop the strawberry preserves over the top & swirl gently with a knife or toothpick. Finally, top with the strawberry slices and extra chocolate chunks from the rest of the chopped bar – gently press them down so they are nestled into the batter.
Bake for 25 – 30 minutes or until the toothpick in the center comes out clean. Check at the 25-minute mark (every oven is different).
Let the strawberry brownies cool before slicing, and enjoy!
Expert baking tips:
- Use High-Quality Cocoa Powder: This is my #1 baking tip for this recipe, especially these fudgy strawberry brownies. Choose premium cocoa powder like Ghirardelli for rich, chocolatey strawberry brownies. Avoid a poor-quality brand like Trader Joe’s, your brownies will lack the chocolate flavor and can be chalky.
- Whip for Perfect Texture: Beat eggs and coconut sugar until light and foamy to achieve the ideal brownie texture. This step imparts the classic crinkly and crackly top, compensating for the absence of baking soda or baking powder.
- Spoon & Level Your Flour: Prevent dry brownies by spooning and leveling your flour. Avoid overpacking by refraining from scooping directly from the bag.
- Go Dairy-Free: You can easily make this strawberry brownie recipe dairy-free by substituting the butter with vegan butter (like the Earth Balance vegan butter sticks) and using dairy-free chocolate like Lily’s Dark Chocolate Chips.
- Chill Before You Slice: Don’t rush it! Let those brownies cool for at least an hour before slicing. Otherwise, you’ll end up with a crumbly mess. Patience is the key to brownie perfection.
Easy ingredient substitutions
If you don’t have an ingredient or two, don’t worry! I only recommend substituting 1 or 2 ingredients since the original recipe is so delicious. Here are my recommendations:
- All-Purpose Flour: If you must, you can substitute with cake Flour, pastry flour, bread Flour, self-rising flour, or whole wheat flour. Don’t use oat flour, almond flour, or coconut flour.
- Gluten Free: You can use this 1:1 gluten-free baking flour. Don’t use almond, oat, coconut, or chickpea flour for this brownie recipe.
- Maple Syrup: You can also use honey.
- Coconut Sugar: You can use light or dark brown sugar if needed.
- Dark Chocolate Bar: You can use semi-sweet or substitute the chocolate bar with chocolate chips.
- Butter: Feel free to substitute the butter with coconut oil or vegan butter.
- Strawberry Preserves: You can also use raspberry or blueberry preserves (also called jam), but obviously, the brownie flavor will change.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I use frozen strawberries?
Yes, you can use frozen strawberries in strawberry brownies, but it’s not recommended due to the potential for excess liquid from the frozen strawberries to make them soggy.
What do strawberry brownies taste like?
Strawberry brownies taste like classic rich chocolate brownies, with a natural sweetness from fresh strawberries—no artificial flavorings here. The primary flavors come from dark chocolate, cocoa powder, and strawberries.
Can I make these raspberry brownies?
Yes! Use raspberry preserves and fresh raspberries instead of strawberries to make these raspberry brownies.
Can I make these strawberry brownies gluten-free?
You can make these brownies gluten-free by substituting the all-purpose flour with 1:1 gluten-free baking flour.
Can I make them dairy-free?
You can easily make this strawberry brownie recipe dairy-free by substituting the butter with vegan butter (like the Earth Balance vegan butter sticks) and using dairy-free chocolate like Lily’s Dark Chocolate Chips.
How do you tell if brownies are done baking?
You can tell brownies are done baking when the top is crinkly, and the edges have firmed up. Brownies will continue to cook as they cool, so pull them out before fully rising. I pull my brownies out of the oven when they still look slightly underdone.
How long do brownies take to cool?
Wait at least 1 hour for your brownies to cool to ensure you cut the perfect brownie square without crumbling.
Why are my brownies hard?
The main reason for hard brownies is overbaking. Check them at the 25-minute mark and remove brownies from the oven when they still look a little underdone since they will continue to bake in the hot pan as they cool.
How to store and freeze brownies:
Storing: For best results, store leftover strawberry brownies in an airtight container at room temperature or in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
Freezing: You can freeze these strawberry brownies for up to 3 months. Simply let them cool for at least 1 hour, cut them into squares, and then wrap each piece in plastic wrap. Finally, add them to a freezer-safe bag and freeze them for up to 3 months.
If you love this recipe, try these chocolate recipes next!
- Flourless Brownies
- Oat Flour Brownies
- Molten Lava Cake
- S’mores Brownies
- Avocado Brownies
- Fudgiest Vegan Brownies
- Double Chocolate Cupcakes
- Molten Lava Cakes
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Strawberry Brownies Recipe
- 1 cup all-purpose flour, spooned & leveled
- ½ cup cocoa powder, spooned & leveled
- 1 cup coconut sugar
- ¼ cup real maple syrup
- ¾ cup dark chocolate bar, chopped (plus more for before baking)
- 3 large eggs, room temperature
- 1 stick butter, (8 Tablespoons)
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ¼ cup strawberry preserves, (or jam or jelly)
- ¼ cup fresh strawberries, sliced
- Preheat oven to 350°F and lightly grease and line an 8×8” baking pan with parchment paper.
- In a mixing bowl, whisk together flour and cocoa powder. Set aside.
- In a second large mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs and coconut sugar for 30 seconds to 1 minute until a little foamy and mixed together. Set aside.
- Add 1 stick of butter and ¾ cup of dark chocolate to a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave in 20-second increments until melted & whisk together. Then, pour the melted chocolate and maple syrup into the egg mixture and whisk. Follow with the vanilla and cocoa-flour mix. Whisk together until completely combined. It will be a little thick – that is ok!
- Pour batter into the lined baking dish and spread into an even layer. Dollop the strawberry preserves over the top & swirl gently with a knife or toothpick. Finally, top with the strawberry slices and extra chocolate chunks from the rest of the chopped bar – gently press them down just so they are nestled into the batter.
- Bake for 25 – 30 minutes or until the toothpick in the center comes out clean. Check at the 25- minute mark (every oven is different).
- Let the browneis cool before slicing – enjoy!
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