Cherry Cordials


Cherry Cordials

2 1/2 dozen
5 Min

Sure, anybody can pick up a box of Cherry Cordials as a last-minute gift, but why would you when making them on your own is so easy, and much more special? Place this fancy Christmas candy on a pretty plate and get ready to soak up the compliments!

What You'll Need

  • 2 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 (10 ounces) jar stemmed maraschino cherries, well drained
  • 1 (11 ounces) package milk chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable shortening

What to Do

  1. Line baking sheet with waxed paper.
  2. In small bowl, combine confectioners' sugar, butter, and milk; mix until stiff dough forms. Shape dough evenly around each cherry and place on baking sheet. Freeze 15 minutes, or until firm.
  3. In small saucepan, melt chocolate chips and shortening over low heat until smooth. Remove coated cherries from freezer and dip each into the chocolate mixture, coating completely.
  4. Return to baking sheet and chill for 1 hour, or until chocolate is firm. Serve, or cover and chill until ready to serve.


These can also be covered in white or semisweet chocolate and, for an added touch, after dipping them in chocolate, drizzle them with a different color chocolate.

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You say to use 1/4 cup of butter stick do you mean use 1/2 stick? 1 stick of butter is 1/2 cup. Please let me know as I am in the middle of making them. Thank you , Barbara

Thank you for pointing that our, Barbara! The corrections have been made above.

What about using juice from cherries in place of milk

Hi there! Yes, you can use the juice from the cherries in place of milk in this recipe. Keep in mind that by eliminating the milk and replacing it with the juice that it will turn the center of these candies pink. Enjoy!

I used to get a box of store bought choc covered cherries every year at Christmas and loved them But as an adult I started to hate them until I found a home made recipe It calls for Tbsps butter Tbsps corn syrup teasp vanilla extract and teasp salt all added to cups sifted confectioners sugar If it is to thick knead fondant with buttered fingers until sugar is combined Divide this mixture in half and shape into logs and wrap in plastic wrap and chill - hours or until firm Then slice thinly and flatten between palms and wrap around each cherry I drain the juice and spread the cherries out on paper towels and blot them with more paper towels before wrapping After wrapping freeze them for minutes on a cookie sheet lined with waxed paper before dipping in chocolate SO Good Everyone that I've made these for expectsRead More them for birthdays and Christmas and won't buy store bought again I'm going to take the advice of the reviewer that advises putting paraffin in the chocolate next time I make these because they do need to be kept in the refrigerator I do like them chilled though They are time consuming because of all the refrigeration and freezing time but the results are mouth-watering

I would put paraffin in the chocolate to keeo it clossy and firmly set. If tou like the gooey centers the candy has to age a bit, check it in a week.

How much paraffin to bag of chips

Can I make the chocolate dip with cocoa

Hello! We haven't tried making this recipe with cocoa, but we wouldn't suggest it. Let us know how it turns out if you try it. :)

Would make a GREAT Special Homemade Mother's Day gift. Put in a pretty decorated Tin Box

A very sweet and delicious Christmas gift to give to your friends and love ones who love chocolate covered cherries. I used dark chocolate. Suggestions to do for the next time: Use a double boiler to melt the chocolate as one does not have to stir as often. wear plastic gloves when shaping the sugar mixture onto the cherries as the mix will not stick to your hands and you can roll the mixture onto the cherries. Plan to soak the next batch of cherries in brandy and let marinate as I think they will even be better. So good! Will make to take as a gift to a hostess any time.

I have to share with you that I made these for my brother who has always loved his chocolate covered cherries every year for Christmas and this year I made these for him and he said "They were Amazing" That made my Christmas! I hope you all had a great one too! Thanks for the great recipe! I am making them again because I gave all of mine away ;)

can I possibly use brandyfor theliquid

try draining the juice and replace it with your brandy and letting it soak for bout a week, then pat them dry so the dough will stick , chill then dip......

Like the idea, are you marinating the cherries in brandy for a week, drain and then follow the recipe as written with the milk???

These sound wonderful, as my hubby and grandchildren love cherries and chocolate! I had a great idea ............ try to use (frozen blueberries) thawed out some. I am bound to try this! Thanks again "Mr, Foods team" for all the delicious recipes. Sincerely, 'little ole' Ohio cook, Sherry

My husband loves chocolate covered cherries, but he will only eat the ones with the clear cream inside! Anyone know how to make those? They are so hard to find. We look every year!!! Didn't find any last year!!!

There is a brand called Cello chocolate covered cherries.They have the clear cream and are the very best.You can find them at Wal-mart,Walgreen or any where.

I wonder how these would be if you used fresh cherries. Anyone got an answer? Never made homemade before but always buy them for my husband since he loves them so much. Would like to try making my own and see how they turn out.

never used raw cherries, however dried cherries are a great surprise, novel and tasty

Fresh cherries don't produce enough juice, but I have made these with canned Royal Anne Cherries and they are wonderful.

I am going to make these as they are my families very favorite. I am going to make one substitution...going to put in 2 tablespoons of Amaretto rathur than the milk.

adding the amaretto will give a liquid center

I made these and they are oh soooo good. I had a problem getting the butter/sugar mixture to stay on the cherry. any suggestions?

dry cherries well with paper towel will help the creamy mixture stick

Making sure the cherries are dry helps. Also, here are some extra steps I take: (1) Put the finished dough in the freezer for about 5-10 minutes, that gives the butter a chance to harden a little and makes it less sticky. (2) Pour a little powdered sugar into a bowl and use it to dust your hands and fingertips as needed, as you would with flour when making bread. This will also keep the dough from sticking more to your fingers than to the cherries.

I feel like Homer Simpson right now going "Ooohhh, chocolate covered cherries..." :) Robin in SF

julesdm-- It means not to use a spread. Use part of a stick of butter. I haven't tried these yet, but I'm hoping to soon. I hope they are as easy and awesome as they sound!

I am just a little confused about how the butter amount is written. A stick of butter is 1/2 cup, or does it mean do not use spread in this recipe?

iwould like to know this as well..

can't wait to try this!

Hi I make these at X-mas and I use peanut butter instead butter and there delicious.


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