Chocolate Covered Cherries
Chocolate Covered Cherries are such an easy treat to make at home and perfect for giving as gifts!
The holidays are coming up, and I don’t know about you but there’s nothing I love more than receiving food as gifts! Homemade gifts are the best! These Chocolate Covered Cherries are definitely a fun one to make and give to neighbors, friends, and family.
I’ve been on a real cherry kick lately. I don’t know what it is. I’ve never really been a big fan of many things cherry, but lately I just can’t get enough!
Especially when they come wrapped up in a lovely package with chocolate. What’s not to love? These may seem like they would be complicated or labor intensive, but in actuality they are super easy. I listed out the directions in the nifty printable recipe that you can find at the end of this post. If I can make them, trust me, you can do it too. I feel like I’m the worst at dipping things in chocolate! I always do something to make a mess, or make my chocolate lumpy. But I figure practice makes perfect! So I suppose after a few more batches of these I just might be a pro… And maybe several pounds heavier.
Chocolate Covered Cherries
- 1 (16 oz jar) maraschino cherries
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 4 tbsp butter, room temperature
- 4 tsp milk
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- 16 oz chocolate
- Drain the juice from the cherries and set the cherries on a paper towel and blot them as dry as you can. Set aside.
- In a small bowl mix the powdered sugar and the butter together. The mixture will seem slightly dry. Add in the milk and vanilla extract. Stir to combine. The mixture will be slightly sticky.
- Set up a bowl with a small amount of powdered sugar to the side.
- Take a small amount of the sugar mixture and flatten it out into a disc shape, slightly larger than a quarter coin. Take one of the cherries and place it in the center of the disc and mold the sugar mixture around the cherry, sprinkle a little bit of the extra powdered sugar on, which will make it less sticky, and roll into a nice round ball with your hands. Set onto a cookie sheet that is lined with wax paper.
- Repeat this with all the cherries. Once completed place the cookie sheet with the cherries into the refrigerator. Allow them to cool for at least 30 minutes, no more than 2-3 hours.
- Melt the chocolate according to instructions. Remove the sugar coated cherries from the fridge and one by one dip them into the chocolate. I found the best method is to dip them in with a fork and then tap the bottom of the fork on the side of the container to shake the excess chocolate off. Place the chocolate covered cherry back onto the cookie sheet lined with wax paper. Repeat this with all the cherries.
- Once finished, place the cookie sheet back in the fridge and allow the chocolate to cool and set. At least 30 minutes. Keep chilled in a sealed container and enjoy!