This chocolate covered cherries recipe is my favorite for a lot of reasons. For one, it travels well. I sent batches of these plus fudge to all three of my military sons and even the box that took 11 days getting to Japan arrived safely and the candies were still good. When that happens I know I've got a recipe that's a keeper. These are a little different because the cherries are marinated in bourbon and then dipped in white chocolate instead of milk or dark chocolate. They are delicious and pretty.
I grew up in the 1960s when Christmas time meant Bing Crosby, Bubble lights, and cocktail parties – the kind where you snuck down to sit on the stairs and watch all of the adults in their fancy clothes get smashed on Old Fashioneds, Martinis, and Whisky Sours. I used to wait until the coast was clear and then swipe the cherries and olives out of the respective glasses. I am sure it wasn’t healthy but I know that I always slept in quite late after a party. It wasn’t until years later that I realized maraschino cherries didn’t taste like bourbon and green olives didn’t taste like gin.
It was, as I recall, one of life's little disappointments.
One of my sons messaged me after he got the box and said "I didn't realize the cherries had booze until I downed two of them". He was at work when he got the box (he's in the Navy).
If you like bourbon these are absolutely delicious. They are much easier to make than they look and I think this particular chocolate covered cherries recipe looks very festive on the plate. You can use stemless cherries but I really liked how the stems look in these -- plus it makes them easier to dip.
I will say that after three weeks the fondant was not the liquid goo I was hoping for even though the candy was still totally amazing. I purposely left them at room temperature for over three weeks to see if the cherries would spoil. Thanks to the bourbon and the white chocolate coating I am happy to say that they do not. If anything the bourbon mellows out a lot. When these are first made the bourbon has a sharp alcohol flavor but as time goes on it dissipates and blends with the cherry for a milder flavor. I'd definitely make these at least a couple of days ahead of time.
You can use Amaretto instead of the bourbon if you like. I think I am going to make them that way for Valentine's Day. For any holiday or gift giving you'll want to give these a professional look by putting them in these#4 white glassine paper candy cups. I think they look prettier and they stay put in the container. This is an affiliate link and if you click through and buy something it does help keep the blog up and running. Thanks so much!
Boozy Chocolate Covered Cherries RecipePrint Add to Collection Go to Collections
- 20 ounces Maraschino cherries, with stems
- 1 cup bourbon
- 4 tablespoons butter, room temperature
- 1 pound white chocolate
- 4 cups powdered sugar
- Sprinkles , for decorating
- Drain the Maraschino cherries reserving ¼ cup of the juice.
- Cover the cherries with the bourbon and let them marinate for 24 to 48 hours.
- Mix 3 cups of the powdered sugar with the butter, and the reserved juice.
- Add enough of the final cup of powdered sugar to make a soft dough.
- Knead the dough a little to get it smooth.
- Cover it tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 20 minutes.
- Roll the powdered sugar dough in 1-inch balls.
- Drain the cherries and pat dry. Roll them in the powdered sugar.
- Flatten the balls and use the flattened dough to completely cover the cherry, pinching it a little around the stem.
- Refrigerate the dough covered cherries for 20 minutes.
- Meanwhile melt the white chocolate melts according to the directions on the back of the package. I use the microwave.
- Holding the dough covered cherry by the stem dip it into the melted chocolate, allowing the excess to drip off.
- Place on a baking sheet that’s been covered with silpat or waxed paper.
- Repeat with the remaining cherries.
- Allow the chocolate to set and then dip again.
- Sprinkle with edible glitter or your favorite sprinkles.
- Store in an airtight container for at least 3 days before eating.
- Keep them airtight and they will last for several days. I shipped them to my son in the Navy (3 weeks transit) and they were fine.
- You can keep them in the refrigerator probably indefinitely.
- You could also use chocolate instead of white chocolate.