Delicious Cherry Chocolate Chip Bread Recipe

Are you looking for a quick and easy baking recipe that combines the delicious sweetness of cherries and the irresistible taste of chocolate in a perfect loaf? Then look no further! This cherry chocolate chip bread recipe is exactly what you need to satisfy your cravings.

With simple ingredients that are easy to find, this recipe will only take a few minutes to prepare. From first-time bakers to experienced pastry chefs, anyone can make this dessert and enjoy the outcome.

What makes this cherry chocolate chip bread stand out is its soft texture and moist crumb, thanks to the fresh cherries combined with dark chocolate chips in every bite. The balance between sweet and tart flavors will leave you wanting more.

And there’s more good news: this recipe is versatile, making it an ideal choice for breakfast, tea time, or even as a sweet treat at any time of day. Pair it with a cup of coffee or hot tea, and indulge in the sweet aroma that fills your kitchen as it bakes in the oven.

So let’s get started and learn how to make this delicious cherry chocolate chip bread. I guarantee you’ll be adding this recipe to your baking collection!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Cherry Chocolate Chip Bread
Cherry Chocolate Chip Bread

Do you have a sweet tooth? Are you a die-hard fan of bread? If your answer is yes, then you are in for a treat! The chocolate cherry chip bread recipe is the perfect blend of sweet and savory. This recipe will take your taste buds on an exciting journey that you won’t forget.

The cherries and chocolate chips work in harmony to create a delectable flavor profile that will satisfy all your cravings. The moist, tender crumb combined with the crunch provided by the chocolate chips creates an exceptional texture that will leave anyone who tries it yearning for more.

But what truly sets this recipe apart is how versatile it is. You can enjoy it as an indulgent breakfast or as a dessert after dinner. It can be paired with a hot cup of cocoa or a refreshing glass of milk. It’s the perfect snack for parties, potlucks, or even just for yourself when you need some me-time.

If you’re feeling adventurous, try out some variations of this recipe. Whether you want to add banana or zucchini for a healthier twist or swap dried cherries for fresh, there’s no shortage of options to make this recipe your own.

So why wait? Give this cherry chocolate chip bread recipe a try and join the millions of people who can’t get enough of its irresistible taste.

Ingredient List

 A slice of heaven in every bite
A slice of heaven in every bite

Ingredients You’ll Need:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 cup milk, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled (or margarine)
  • 1 cup chopped cherries (fresh or maraschino)
  • 1 cup chocolate chips (dark chocolate or chocolate chunks)

Ingredient Notes:

The recipe uses all-purpose flour as its base. You can use whole wheat flour if you want a healthier version with a nutty flavor. Sourdough works well too if you want to extend the life of your bread.


You can use either fresh or maraschino cherries in this recipe. If you don’t have fresh or frozen cherries, substitute with dried cherries.

Chocolate chips:

Use your favorite chocolate chips; dark chocolate for a richer taste, semi-sweet for a semi-rich flavor, or milk chocolate for a sweeter taste. You can substitute the chips with chunks if you like a chocolatey texture.

The Recipe How-To

 The perfect blend of cherries, chocolate and bread
The perfect blend of cherries, chocolate and bread

Preparing the Cherry Chocolate Chip Bread

Before we get started, preheat your oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Then, grease and dust with flour a 9×5 inch loaf pan or line it with parchment paper.

Mixing dry ingredients

In a medium bowl, whisk together 2 cups all-purpose flour, 3/4 cup granulated sugar, 1 tablespoon baking powder, and 1/2 teaspoon salt until well combined. Then, stir in 3/4 cup chocolate chips and 3/4 cup chopped maraschino cherries. Set this mixture aside.

Mixing wet ingredients

In another bowl, using an electric mixer or whisk, cream together 1/2 cup unsalted butter or margarine at room temperature and 1 cup brown sugar until light and fluffy. Then add in 2 large eggs (at room temperature), one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Add in 1 teaspoon vanilla extract and mix well.

Combine wet and dry ingredients

Add the wet ingredients to the dry mixture, along with 1 cup milk. Use a spatula to combine them until no dry spots remain.

Adding the batter to the loaf pan

Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pan and smooth out the top with a rubber spatula. To make it extra special, sprinkle some extra chocolate chips on top of the batter.

Baking time

Bake for around 60-70 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Start checking after 50 minutes and cover loosely with aluminum foil after 40 minutes to prevent over-browning.

Once done, remove from oven and let cool for at least 15-20 minutes before removing from pan to avoid breakage.

Serve slices warm or at room temperature with a tall glass of cold milk or your favorite hot beverage!

Substitutions and Variations

 The aroma alone will make your mouth water
The aroma alone will make your mouth water

Are you looking to switch things up and add your own personal touch to this cherry chocolate chip bread recipe? There are countless substitutions and variations you can try, so feel free to get creative in the kitchen! Here are a few ideas to get you started:

– Whole Wheat Flour: Looking for a healthier option? Swap out some or all of the all-purpose flour in the recipe for whole wheat flour. This will give your bread a heartier texture and provide some extra fiber.

– Fresh Cherries: While this recipe calls for maraschino cherries, you can also use fresh cherries if they’re in season. Simply pit them and chop them up before adding them to the batter. The natural sweetness of fresh cherries will add a delicious flavor dimension to your bread.

– Dark Chocolate Chunks: If you’re a fan of dark chocolate, substitute dark chocolate chunks for the milk chocolate chips. The richness of the chocolate will balance well with the sweetness of the cherries.

– Banana Cherry Bread: Love banana bread? Combine it with this cherry chocolate chip recipe by adding mashed ripe bananas to the batter. The banana flavor complements the cherry and chocolate flavors perfectly.

– Zucchini Chocolate Cherry Bread: Looking for a unique way to sneak some veggies into your diet? Try adding grated zucchini to the batter along with the cherries and chocolate chips. This will make for a moist and flavorful bread that’s perfect as a healthy snack.

No matter which substitutions or variations you try, be sure to keep an eye on your baking time and temperature as this can affect the outcome of your bread. Always remember that baking is all about experimentation, so feel free to tweak the recipe until it matches your taste preferences.

Serving and Pairing

 Your taste buds will thank you for this one
Your taste buds will thank you for this one

Now let’s talk about how to serve and pair this mouthwatering cherry chocolate chip bread. This classic dessert can be served all year round as a breakfast pastry, a mid-day snack or even as an indulging after-dinner treat. I personally enjoy having a slice of this bread with a cup of hot cocoa or coffee in the morning, but you can pair it with some milk or tea for a delightful experience.

When it comes to serving size, one loaf of bread could generously serve about 8 people. You can slice it up evenly into thick cuts or cut them into thin pieces to have more servings per loaf. Keep in mind that this bread is quite rich and filling, so you don’t want to overindulge.

To add some flare to your presentation, dust some powdered sugar on top or add some chopped cherries and chocolate chunks on the sides. This simple trick will transform your plain cherry chocolate chip bread into a fancy dessert that will impress any guest.

If you decide to make the cherry chocolate chip bread during the holidays, consider pairing it with some warm vanilla custard, whipped cream or ice cream for a festive touch. The sweet and tangy flavors of this bread blend perfectly with these creamy toppings, making it an even more indulging treat.

Overall, the cherry chocolate chip bread recipe is versatile enough to be enjoyed on its own or paired with a variety of beverages and desserts.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 A sweet treat for any time of day
A sweet treat for any time of day

Once you’ve baked the scrumptious cherry chocolate chip bread, you may realize that you’ve baked too much or eaten too little to finish it all. Fortunately, there are some easy steps to help make sure the deliciousness stays intact even if a few slices are set aside for later.

To store your cherry chocolate chip bread, wrap it up tightly in plastic wrap, then slide it into a large resealable plastic bag. This technique protects the bread from being exposed to air or moisture and keeps it fresh for up to three days.

If you’d like to keep it fresh for up to a week, you’ll have to freeze it. Tightly wrap each slice with plastic wrap, then place them in a large freezer-safe container. You can use this technique if you’d like to prepare your cherry chocolate chip bread ahead of time for any upcoming gatherings or events.

When ready to eat again, from the refrigerator or freezer, allow the wrapped loaf or slices to come back to room temperature by simply leaving them out on the counter for an hour. You can also microwave individual slices at six-second intervals or heat the loaf in an oven preheated to 350°F (175°C) until warm.

Remember that reheating will make the chocolate chips melt slightly so that they’re soft and gooey once again while bringing out their great taste while cherries give juicy bursts of sweetness amidst bites. Store your baked goods appropriately and savor every bite of this decadent cherry chocolate chip bread recipe.

Tips for Perfect Results

 Get ready to fall in love with bread all over again
Get ready to fall in love with bread all over again

Making a delicious cherry chocolate chip bread can be both fun and challenging. However, a few tips can take your baking to the next level. Pay close attention to these helpful tips for perfect results every time you make this recipe.

One essential tip is to make sure that all the ingredients are at room temperature, especially the butter and eggs. This will create a smooth batter that incorporates all ingredients evenly. Room temperature ingredients also help with better incorporation of air into the batter, which results in a lighter-textured loaf.

For the best cherry chocolate chip bread, use high-quality ingredients. Invest in good quality chocolate chips and fresh cherries to add a bold flavor and make your bread unique. The King Arthur brand makes excellent flour for quick bread.

When mixing the batter, avoid overmixing as it can result in tough and dense bread. Mix only until everything is incorporated as overmixing can cause gluten development, leading to tougher bread.

Another tip is to sift the dry ingredients before adding them to the wet ingredients. Sifting helps remove any lumps in flour, making it easier to incorporate into the batter evenly.

Make use of additional flavors like almond extract or vanilla extract if you want to add a little extra kick to your cherry chocolate chip bread. Additionally, mixing chopped dark chocolate chunks or dried cherries can help bring out unique flavors that blend perfectly with maraschino cherries.

Keep a close eye on your bread while baking by using an oven thermometer since oven temperatures may differ from what your oven shows. Bake at an even temperature until fully cooked through because an undercooked loaf will lack flavor and denseness when slicing through.

Lastly, patience is key once out of the oven. Allow it cool entirely before slicing because hot-out-of-the-oven bread will taste doughy and not hold shape well.

By following these cherry chocolate chip bread tips, you’re guaranteed tasty loaves every single time you bake!

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this cherry chocolate chip bread recipe is a must-try for any baking enthusiast who loves the combination of sweet and decadent flavors. With its easy-to-follow steps, substitutions and variations options, and tips for perfect results, anyone can make this delicious bread at home. Whether you’re looking for a treat to share with friends and family or a delightful snack to enjoy on your own, this chocolate cherry bread is sure to satisfy your cravings. So go ahead and give it a try, and prepare to be blown away by the mouthwatering combination of juicy cherries, gooey chocolate chips, and soft, fluffy bread. Trust me, you won’t regret it!

Cherry Chocolate Chip Bread

Cherry Chocolate Chip Bread Recipe

This is a really sweet bread. I made it to share with co-workers and to use up my extra cherries. It tastes great with a cup of coffee or tea. You can put in up to a cup of chocolate chips, cherries or nuts; depending on your tastes. I generally use 1 cup of cherries and 3/4 cup of chocolate chips.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: < 4 Hours, Beginner Cook, Breads, Brunch, Cherries, Easy, Fruit, Lunch, Mixer, Oven, Potluck, Small Appliance, Sweet
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Servings: 1 loaf
Calories: 3110.3kcal


  • 1/2 cup butter or 1/2 cup margarine, softened
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2-1 cup cherries, pitted
  • 1/2-1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/4 cup nuts (optional)


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Soften butter, and cream with tightly packed brown sugar.
  • Stir in milk, eggs, and almond extract.
  • In a seperate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add to milk mixture and stir until all ingredients are moistened.
  • With a spoon, stir in chocolate, cherries, and nuts.
  • Add batter into a greased 9x5 baking pan. Bake for 50-60 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean.
  • Let cool before removing from pan. You may serve it warm, cold, or re-heated.
  • Store in the refrigerator.

Your Own Notes


Serving: 1079g | Calories: 3110.3kcal | Carbohydrates: 429.2g | Protein: 51.7g | Fat: 138.7g | Saturated Fat: 82.3g | Cholesterol: 701.2mg | Sodium: 2965.8mg | Fiber: 13.2g | Sugar: 215.9g

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