Black Forest Passover Brownies

Black Forest Passover Brownies being dusted with powdered sugar.

Black Forest Passover Brownies

Chocolate with cherry preserves make yummy black forest brownies. They are made with matzoh flour with eggs for leavening, so they are kosher for Passover.

Yield: Makes 24 to 48 bars, depending on cut size.
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 35 minutes
Total time:50 minutes


  • 1/2 cup vegetable shortening
  • 4 unsweetened baking chocolate squares (4 oz.)
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup matzoh cake flour
  • 3/4 cup cherry preserves
  • 2 teaspoons Kirsch liqueur (optional)
  • Powdered sugar (see note)


  1. Preheat oven to 325°. Line a 9 x 13-inch baking pan with non-stick foil.
  2. Gently melt shortening and unsweetened chocolate squares in a double-boiler or microwave. Let cool away from heat for 5 minutes.
  3. In large bowl, beat eggs, sugar, and salt on medium speed until thick. Blend in chocolate and vanilla until combined, then beat in matzoh cake flour. Pour into pan.
  4. Combine cherry preserves with Kirsch liqueur, if using. Drop spoonfuls of cherry preserves evenly over top of brownie batter. Do not stir in.
  5. Bake 35 to 40 minutes, until center is set. Let cool to room temperature.
  6. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and cut into bars.

Note: To be kosher for Passover, do not use confectioners? sugar, which includes cornstarch. You can make pure powdered sugar by placing sugar in a food processor and processing into a powder.

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