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Cherry Dr Pepper Brownies: The TikTok Trend With A Cherry On Top

TikTok isn’t just for dance moves and life hacks; it’s also a treasure trove for inventive recipes. Take the viral Dr Pepper Brownies, for instance. The original trend involved adding a bottle of Dr Pepper to a box of brownie mix. Now, here’s a spinoff that not only takes that concept up a notch but adds a cherry twist that’s perfect for Cherry Dr Pepper fans!


  • 1 box milk chocolate brownie mix
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup Cherry Dr Pepper
  • 1/3 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 1 can cherry frosting
  • 1/4 cup maraschino cherries, chopped
  • Whole maraschino cherries with stems, for garnish

Tools Needed:

  • Mixing bowls
  • Measuring cup
  • Sharp knife
  • Spatula/Wooden spoon
  • 8×8 baking pan
  • Offset spatula
  • Parchment paper
  • Wire cooling rack


  1. Preparation: Preheat your oven to 350°F. Line an 8×8 baking pan with parchment paper and grease it well.
  2. Mixing the Batter: In a large mixing bowl, combine the brownie mix, eggs, oil, and Cherry Dr Pepper. Stir until well combined. Fold in the mini chocolate chips.
  3. Baking the Brownies: Pour the batter into your prepared baking pan. Bake for 30-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  4. Cooling: Transfer the brownies (still in the pan) to a wire rack and allow them to cool for 10 minutes.
  5. Frosting Prep: While the brownies are cooling, mix the cherry frosting with the chopped maraschino cherries in a small bowl.
  6. Complete Cooling: Using the parchment paper as handles, lift the brownies out of the pan and onto a wire rack. Let them cool completely.
  7. Frost and Garnish: Once the brownies are cool, use an offset spatula to spread the cherry frosting over the top. Cut into squares and, if desired, garnish with whole maraschino cherries.
  8. Storage: Store any leftovers in the fridge for 2-3 days.


  • Substitute Water with Soda: Dr Pepper is used in place of water. Make sure to read your brownie box to see if any other ingredients are needed.
  • Don’t Let Chips Sink: If you use regular chocolate chips, consider dusting them with a teaspoon of cocoa powder to keep them from sinking.
  • Flavor Twist: Dr Pepper has other flavors like Strawberries ‘n’ Cream and Cream Soda, which could be interesting to experiment with.
  • Check Doneness: Start checking at the 30-minute mark to prevent over-baking.

Why Try This?

  • Flavor Boost: The Cherry Dr Pepper enhances the chocolate, similar to adding coffee to chocolate desserts.
  • Texture: The carbonation in the soda gives the brownies a fluffier texture.
  • Mom Points: If you have a Cherry Dr Pepper fan in your house, this will win you major kudos!

So go ahead, give these Cherry Dr Pepper Brownies a try, and let the compliments roll in! 🍒🍫

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