Easy Chocolate Covered Cherries Recipe is quickly made with a few baking staples. This decadent treat with a tasty cherry mixture is coated in milk chocolate.

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Easy Chocolate Covered Cherries Recipe

If you love cherry desserts, this recipe for cherry cordials is a must try. The sweet liquid center with a cherry is topped in chocolate and so delicious.

This recipe is very simple, and you don’t need a double boiler or anything special. It comes together easily in a few simple steps. Once you try homemade chocolate covered cherries, store bought will never be the same!

You only need 5 simple ingredients to make this sweet and delicious treat. It does not disappoint.

Ingredients for Chocolate covered cherries.

Ingredients: 

  • Maraschino Cherries with Stems
  • Powdered Sugar 
  • Salted Butter (softened) 
  • Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips 
  • Vegetable Oil 

How to make chocolate covered cherries:

  • Step 1. Remove the juice from the cherries. rain the cherries from the jar and reserve the cherry juice from the jar. 
  • Step 2. Pat the cherries dry. Dry the cherries as much as possible using paper towels. Any excess moisture needs to be removed from each cherry.
  • Step 3. Combine the sugar and cherry juice. În a medium size mixing bowl, stir together 3 cups of powdered sugar, butter and ¼ cup Cherry juice.  Then gradually add in the last cup of powdered sugar until a dough forms. Refrigerate the dough for 30 minutes. 
  • Step 4. Form the balls. Roll the dough out into approximately 1 inch size balls.  Flatten out the dough balls.  You can use a cookie scoop if you prefer.
  • Step 5. Insert the cherry. Then fold a flatten dough ball around a cherry and roll it out with your hands to make it smooth.  
  • Step 6. Allow to chill on a baking sheet lined with waxed paper. Place the cherries on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and refrigerate them for 30 minutes. 
  • Step 7. Get out a microwave safe bowl. Place the chocolate and oil in a microwave safe bowl.  
  • Step 8. Melt the chocolate. Microwave in 20 second intervals, stirring after each interval, until the chocolate is melted and smooth.  It is important to melt the chocolate in intervals, so you do not burn it.
  • Step 9. Dip in chocolate. Then dip each of the cherries in the melted chocolate (holding them by the stems).  Allow the excess chocolate to drip off and then place the cherry on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.  Repeat this process until all the cherries have been coated with the chocolate. 
  • Step 10. Allow to set. Let the cherries sit at room temperature until the chocolate is set (approximately 30-60 minutes). Don’t store any sooner or you risk them sticking together and losing their pretty appearance.
  • Step 11. Serve and enjoy. Then the cherries are ready to serve and enjoy! 
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How to store:

Store the leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks. The center will liquify the longer it sits at room temperature similar to store bought chocolate covered cherries.

Place a layer of wax paper in between the layers of candy to prevent them from sticking.

It is not recommended to freeze this recipe. The filling may expand and result in cracked chocolate. The outer shell will not look as pretty.  

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Variations:

  • Chocolate. Substitute white chocolate or dark chocolate for the milk chocolate in this recipe. You can also drizzle a different type of chocolate on these treats.
  • Sprinkles. Top each one with sprinkles before the chocolate sets. You can coordinate colors with holidays, special occasions and more.
  • Candy melts. Try different colors of candy melts and drizzle on top for a festive dessert for any occasion.
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Recipe tips:

  • Cherries with stems. This makes it easier to make the recipe and it just looks pretty.
  • Salted Butter. We recommend using salted butter. It helps to make the recipe not overly sweet.
  • Good quality chocolate. Try to use a really high quality chocolate for best results. You will taste the different. Also, it will melt better and turn out smoother.
  • Dry the cherries. Make sure to remove the juice and absorb any excess moisture on the cherries before placing in the filling.
  • Refrigerate the cherries. They need to chill for about 30 minutes before coating in the melted chocolate.
  • Melt chocolate intervals. Prevent the chocolate from burning by melting in intervals. Make sure to stir after each interval as well.
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Chocolate Covered Cherries make a great dessert or gift idea. It is so easy to make and they turn out perfectly without much work.

Surprise your family and make a batch today. They would be so pretty and tasty for a gift or just because. Everyone will enjoy these decadent chocolates.

Frequently asked questions

How long do cherry cordials last?

They will last up to 2 weeks. Just make sure to store them inside an airtight container at room temperature.

Can I freeze chocolate covered cherries?

We do not recommend freezing chocolate covered strawberries. The filling will expand in the freezer. This will cause the chocolate coating to break and shatter.

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Chocolate Covered Cherries

5 from 3 votes
Easy Chocolate Covered Cherries Recipe is quickly made with a few baking staples. This decadent treat with a tasty cherry mixture is coated in milk chocolate.
Prep Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Let Sit 1 hour
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Servings 25
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Calories 216

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Drain the cherries from the jar and reserve the cherry juice from the jar.
  • Dry the cherries as much as possible using paper towels.
  • În a medium size mixing bowl, stir together 3 cups of powdered sugar, butter and ¼ cup Cherry juice.  Then gradually add in the last cup of powdered sugar until a dough forms. Refrigerate the dough for 30 minutes.
  • Roll the dough out into approximately 1 inch size balls.  Flatten out the dough balls.
  • Then fold a flatten dough ball around a cherry and roll it out with your hands to make it smooth.
  • Place the cherries on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and refrigerate them for 30 minutes.
  • Place the chocolate and oil in a microwave safe bowl.
  • Microwave in 20 second intervals, stirring after each interval, until the chocolate is melted and smooth.
  • Then dip each of the cherries in the melted chocolate (holding them by the stems).  Allow the excess chocolate to drip off and then place the cherry on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.  Repeat this process until all the cherries have been coated with the chocolate.
  • Let the cherries sit at room temperature until the chocolate is set (approximately 30-60 minutes).
  • Then the cherries are ready to serve and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Store the leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 216kcal, Carbohydrates 33g, Protein 1g, Fat 9g, Saturated Fat 5g, Polyunsaturated Fat 0.4g, Monounsaturated Fat 3g, Trans Fat 0.1g, Cholesterol 6mg, Sodium 17mg, Potassium 106mg, Fiber 2g, Sugar 30g, Vitamin A 70IU, Calcium 18mg, Iron 1mg

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