Elegant Dipped Cherries Recipe
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Elegant Dipped Cherries Recipe

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Here's a sure way to impress holiday guests. These sweet maraschino cherries are wrapped in unsweetened chocolate, then dipped in melted vanilla chips. A chocolate drizzle dresses them up for serving on a festive plate of sweets. -Sedora Brown Waynesboro, Virginia
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 1-1/4 hours + freezing
MAKES:18 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 1-1/4 hours + freezing
MAKES: 18 servings


  • 1 jar (10 ounces) maraschino cherries with stems, well drained
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 1 ounce unsweetened chocolate, melted
  • 2 teaspoons half-and-half cream
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 cup white baking chips
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons shortening, divided
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Nutritional Facts

182 calories: 1 each, 8g fat (5g saturated fat), 7mg cholesterol, 32mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (22g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein .


  1. Pat cherries dry with paper towels and set aside. In a large bowl, combine butter, corn syrup, unsweetened chocolate and cream. Stir in confectioners' sugar.
  2. Knead until smooth. Roll into 18 balls; flatten each into a 2-in. circle. Wrap each circle around a cherry and lightly roll in hands. Place cherries, stem side up, in a shallow waxed paper-lined container. Cover and freeze at least 2 hours.
  3. The day before serving, remove the cherries from freezer. In a microwave, melt vanilla chips and 1-1/2 teaspoons shortening; stir until smooth.
  4. Holding onto the stem, dip each cherry into vanilla mixture, allowing excess to drip off. Place on waxed paper; let stand until set.
  5. Melt chocolate chips and remaining shortening; stir until smooth. Drizzle over candies. Refrigerate until firm. Store candies in an airtight container. Yield: 1-1/2 dozen.
Originally published as Elegant Dipped Cherries in Taste of Home December/January 2005, p30

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Grammy B
Reviewed Dec. 5, 2012

"These are delish and always look so pretty. They are a holiday tradition at our house."

Reviewed Dec. 19, 2011

"I make these every year by request. Always a favorite."

Reviewed Jul. 14, 2010

"My daughter has made these many times for special occasions. We have had them dipped in the white chocolate and also semi sweet chocolate chips- we like the chocolate chips best- I made a mix for this past batch we made- delicious and beautifully elegant- true to the recipe name."

Reviewed Jan. 1, 2010

"These are beautiful and delicious."

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