chocolate cherries for valentine's day
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Amish Chocolate Covered Cherries

A simple amish recipe for chocolate covered cherries. Just 4 ingredients!
Prep Time20 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cherry cordials, easy homemade candy, how to make cherry candy
Servings: 25 servings
Calories: 197kcal
Author: Lizzy T


  • 1 jar maraschino cherries with stems (10 ounces, with the juice reserved)
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 4 tablespoons salted butter (softened)
  • 16 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips


  • Drain the cherries, reserving the juice. Let dab the cherries gently with a paper towel so that they are as dry as possible. Set them aside on paper towels to continue to dry while you prepare the sugar filling.
  • In a medium size bowl, mix 3 cups powdered sugar, butter and 1/4 cup cherry juice together. Add in the last cup of powdered sugar, 1/4 of a cup at a time, until the mixture forms a soft dough. Refrigerate the dough for 20 minutes.
  • Roll the dough into 1 inch balls. Make small balls, about 1 inch in diameter. Flatten the dough balls between the palms of your hands, dusting your hands with powdered sugar if necessary. Fold the dough over the cherry to completely cover it, then roll it into smooth ball again.
  • Refrigerate the covered cherries for 20 minutes. Melt the chocolate in a double boiler or in the microwave.* Holding the cherry by the stem, dip it in the melted chocolate and allow the excess to drip off. Place the chocolate covered cherry on a baking pan that has been covered with wax paper. Repeat with the remaining cherries.
  • Allow the chocolate to set completely before storing the cherries in an airtight container.


You can use maraschino cherries without stems if you'd like. Use a fork to dip them in the chocolate, tapping off the excess chocolate.
*Be sure to melt the chocolate slowly or over low heat. If chocolate gets too hot, it will seize up and become unusable. If using a double boiler, allow the water in the bottom pan to steam, but not come to a full boil. If you're melting the chocolate in the microwave, melt in about 20-3o second increments, stirring between each interval.
**If the chocolate is too thick for dipping, add a tablespoon or two of shortening to the warm chocolate and stir until it is melted. This will thin the chocolate. 


Serving: 51g | Calories: 197kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 7g