Indulge your sweet tooth with a treat that marries the rich flavors of chocolate with the lusciousness of maraschino cherries. These Chocolate-Covered Cherries are not only a delight to the taste buds but also a visual feast. Whether enjoyed on their own or shared as a homemade gift, this recipe promises a decadent experience that will leave you craving for more. Let’s dive into the delightful process of creating these heavenly chocolate-covered gems.
Ingredients: Gather the following ingredients to embark on the journey of making Chocolate-Covered Cherries:
1 (10-ounce) jar maraschino cherries (reserving 1/4 cup juice)
1/4 cup butter, softened
3 1/2 – 4 cups powdered sugar
16 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
2 teaspoons coconut oil or shortening
4 ounces white chocolate chips (optional)
4 ounces dark chocolate chips (optional)
Prepare the Cherries:
Lay the maraschino cherries on paper towels to drain any excess liquid.
Dab them dry several times with paper towels and allow them to sit while you proceed with the recipe.
Make the Fondant Mixture:
Using a stand mixer or a hand mixer, combine the softened butter, 3 cups powdered sugar, and 1/4 cup maraschino cherry juice.
Gradually add the remaining cup of powdered sugar, 1/4 cup at a time, until the mixture forms a soft ball and pulls away from the sides.
Refrigerate the fondant mixture for 30 minutes to make it easier to handle.
Assemble the Cherries:
Roll the chilled fondant into little balls, slightly less than 1 inch in size, and flatten them with the palms of your hands.
Place a maraschino cherry in the center, pulling up the fondant around it. Roll it into a smooth ball and place it on a parchment-covered rimmed baking sheet.
Continue this process until all the cherries are coated, spacing them about 1 inch apart on the baking sheet.
Freeze the cherries for 30 minutes, uncovered.
Dip in Chocolate:
Melt the semisweet chocolate and coconut oil according to the instructions on the chocolate package.
Using a fork, carefully dip each cherry into the melted chocolate, sliding them off the fork with a table knife onto a parchment-covered sheet.
Allow the chocolate-covered cherries to sit until the chocolate sets.
For an extra touch of decadence, melt the white chocolate and drizzle it over the cherries.
If you want to elevate the presentation, melt the dark chocolate and drizzle it over the cherries as well.
Thoroughly drying the cherries is crucial for the fondant to adhere properly.
You can use maraschino cherries with or without stems, but those without stems are easier to work with.
Lightly dust your hands with powdered sugar when rolling the fondant around the cherries.
The chilling periods are essential for easy handling of the fondant and dunking the balls in melted chocolate.
Store the chocolate-covered cherries in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 8 weeks.
Conclusion: With each bite of these Chocolate-Covered Cherries, you’ll experience a harmonious blend of sweet, fruity, and chocolatey goodness. Whether shared with loved ones or savored in solitary indulgence, these treats are a testament to the joy of homemade confections. So, gather your ingredients, embrace the chocolate-dipping adventure, and relish the satisfaction of creating these delectable chocolate-covered gems.