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Chocolate Cherry Truffles Recipe

Chocolate Cherry Truffles Recipe

My cherry truffles were the delicious result of a kitchen experiment involving a bottle of kirsch I’d received as a gift and some dried cherries I had on hand. They won a blue ribbon at the Wisconsin State Fair! —Gerry Cofta, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 1-1/2 hours + standing YIELD:48 servings


  • 1 cup finely chopped dried cherries
  • 1/4 cup cherry brandy
  • 11 ounces 53% cacao dark baking chocolate, chopped
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon cherry extract
  • 4 ounces milk chocolate, chopped
  • 4 ounces dark chocolate, chopped
  • Melted dark, milk and white chocolate and pearl dust


  • 1. In a small bowl, combine cherries and brandy; cover and let soak for 1 hour or until cherries are softened.
  • 2. Place dark chocolate in a small bowl. In a small saucepan, bring cream just to a boil. Pour over chocolate; whisk until smooth. Stir in extract and soaked cherries with liquid. Cool to room temperature, stirring occasionally. Refrigerate for 1 hour or until firm.
  • 3. Shape into 1-in. balls. Place on baking sheets; cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  • 4. In a microwave, melt milk chocolate; stir until smooth. Dip half of the balls into milk chocolate, allowing excess to drip off. Place on waxed paper; let stand until set.
  • 5. Melt dark chocolate; stir until smooth. Dip remaining balls into dark chocolate, allowing excess to drip off. Place on waxed paper; let stand until set. Drizzle with melted chocolate and decorate with pearl dust as desired. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Yield: 4 dozen.
Editor's Note: Pearl dust is available from Wilton Industries. Call 800-794-5866 or visit

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cmb1940 User ID: 1028862 195283
Reviewed Nov. 26, 2014

"I made these delicious truffles for the first time. I did not want to buy a whole bottle of Kirschwasser only to use a quarter cup so I used Asbach Uralt (German brandy) to soak the cherries. I also could not find cherry extract so I used vanilla. I left the mixture too long in the refrigerator and it got very hard. I used the microwave at 30 sec. interval and got it to soften up to make the balls. Worked great. And...are they good. They will make a nice gift"

TinaQ User ID: 7490705 193607
Reviewed Jan. 31, 2014

"Very tasty and rich. I stored them in the refrigerator and they became my decadent treat with coffee in the evening after dinner. I admit to not sharing their location with the rest of my family..."

colburnjl63 User ID: 7515875 212560
Reviewed Dec. 16, 2013

"never made HomeMade ChocolAtes Before...WayWayWay ToO Rich And Sweet For Me!! Bbbllleeeccchhh"

fab411 User ID: 7324870 133282
Reviewed Dec. 10, 2013

"Are these sweet enough? Shouldn't there be powdered sugar in the truffle part? Does the dark baking chocolate have any sugar?"

bakergirlmd User ID: 6045723 111713
Reviewed Dec. 10, 2013

"For those wanting to make these alcohol-free, simply soak the cherries in warm water for about 10 minutes and drain. Likewise, if you can find cherry juice in your local grocery, soak the cherries in the amount/time called for in the recipe and drain."

gramau User ID: 3698587 193606
Reviewed Dec. 10, 2013

"What could I use in place of the brandy so the kids can have them?"

marcia1954 User ID: 6932390 192095
Reviewed Dec. 10, 2013

"scrumptious!!!!! easy and did i say scrumptious!"

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