Chocolate Lebkuchen Cherry Balls

Total Time

Prep: 45 min. + chilling


5 dozen

Updated: Sep. 12, 2022
Here’s my twist on the traditional German holiday lebkuchen—with a surprise inside. —Arlene Erlbach, Morton Grove, Illinois
Chocolate Lebkuchen Cherry Balls Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 40 gingersnap cookies
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips, divided
  • 1-1/4 cups sliced almonds, divided
  • 2 tablespoons chopped candied orange peel
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 60 maraschino cherries, stems removed


  1. Place gingersnaps, cream cheese, 1/2 cup chocolate chips, 1/2 cup almonds, orange peel and extract in a food processor; process until combined. Refrigerate until firm enough to form into balls. Pat cherries dry with paper towels. Wrap each cherry with a rounded tablespoon of cream cheese mixture; shape into a ball. Freeze until balls are firm, about 20 minutes.
  2. Chop remaining sliced almonds; set aside. In a double boiler, melt remaining chocolate chips; stir until smooth. Dip cherry balls in chocolate; allow excess to drip off. Sprinkle balls with almonds. Place on waxed paper. Refrigerate until set, about 1 hour.

Nutrition Facts

1 ball: 76 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 4mg cholesterol, 37mg sodium, 10g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein.