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Chocolate Cherry Truffles

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
  • Makes
    4 dozen


  • 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


  • In a small bowl, combine cherries and brandy; cover and let soak for 1 hour or until cherries are softened.
  • 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.
  • Shape into 1-in. balls. Place on baking sheets; cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  • 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.
  • 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.
Editor's Note
Pearl dust is available from Wilton Industries. Call 800-794-5866 or visit
Nutrition Facts
1 truffle: 80 calories, 5g fat (3g saturated fat), 3mg cholesterol, 1mg sodium, 10g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein.
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  • cmb1940
    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
    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
    Dec 16, 2013

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

  • fab411
    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
    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
    Dec 10, 2013

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

  • marcia1954
    Dec 10, 2013

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