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Chocolate covered cherries dipped in dark chocolate with a decorative drizzle.

Chocolate Covered Cherries

These chocolate covered cherries are made with maraschino cherries, a creamy center and plenty of dark chocolate. A homemade version of the classic treat that's impossible to resist!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Chill Time 40 minutes
Total Time 22 minutes
Servings 20
Calories 209kcal
Author Sara Welch


  • 10 ounce jar maraschino cherries
  • 4 tablespoons butter softened
  • 3 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 16 ounces dark candy melts or chocolate chips if using chocolate chips, you will also need to add 2 teaspoons of shortening to the recipe during the chocolate melting process


  • Drain the cherries, reserving 1/4 cup of the cherry juice. 
  • Place the cherries on paper towels and pat to dry.
  • Place the powdered sugar, butter and 3 tablespoons of cherry juice in the bowl of a mixer; beat to combine until the mixture forms a dough.
  • If the mixture seems too wet or sticky, add 1 tablespoon of powdered sugar at a time until desired consistency is reached.
  • If mixture is too dry, add 1 teaspoon of cherry juice at a time until desired consistency is reached.
  • Cover the bowl and refrigerate for 20 minutes.
  • Take two teaspoons of the cherry dough and flatten it into a disc shape. 
  • Place one cherry onto each disc and wrap the dough around the cherry to form a ball. If the dough sticks to your hands, try coating your hands in cooking spray first.
  • Place the balls onto a sheet pan lined with parchment paper and freeze for 20 minutes.
  • While the balls are chilling, melt the candy melts by placing them in a microwave safe bowl and cooking them in the microwave for 30 second increments until melted.
  • Stir the candy melts until smooth.
  • Place one ball on a fork and use the fork to coat the ball in chocolate. Gently tap the fork against the side of the bowl to remove any excess chocolate.
  • Place each dipped ball onto a sheet of parchment paper.  Repeat the process with the remaining balls and candy melts.
  • Place some of the melted candy in a resealable bag and snip off one corner of the bag to use as a piping bag.
  • Use the piping bag to drizzle melted chocolate over the tops of the dipped cherries.
  • Let the chocolate coating harden, then store the cherries at room temperature for up to one week.


Calories: 209kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 36mg | Potassium: 2mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 40g | Vitamin A: 125IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 0.4mg