Almond Stuffed Chocolate Covered Cherries Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 jar (16 ounces) maraschino cherries with stems, well-drained
  • 12 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips (or your preferred chocolate)
  • 1 cup whole almonds

Optional: 1-2 teaspoons shortening (for easier chocolate melting)

Equipment

  • Baking sheet
  • Parchment paper or silicone baking mat
  • Microwave-safe bowl
  • Small spoon or melon baller
  • Toothpicks

Instructions

Prep the cherries: Drain the cherries thoroughly and pat them dry with paper towels.

Stuff the cherries: Carefully insert one almond into each cherry where the stem was removed.

Line your baking sheet: Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.

Melt the chocolate

  • Microwave method: In a microwave-safe bowl, melt the chocolate chips in 30-second intervals, stirring thoroughly after each interval, until completely smooth. If desired, add 1-2 teaspoons shortening for smoother consistency.
  • Stovetop method: Create a double boiler by setting a heatproof bowl over a pot of simmering water. Add chocolate chips (and shortening, if using) to the bowl, stirring continuously until melted and smooth.

Dip the cherries

  • Hold a stuffed cherry by the stem and dip it fully into the melted chocolate.
  • Gently tap the stem against the bowl’s edge to remove excess chocolate.
  • Place the dipped cherry on the prepared baking sheet.
  • Repeat with the remaining cherries.

Chill: Refrigerate the baking sheet for at least 30 minutes, or until the chocolate has fully set.

Tips

  • Variation: Try using milk chocolate, dark chocolate, or even white chocolate.
  • Get creative: Add a pinch of sea salt on top for a sweet-salty twist.
  • Presentation: Package these in small boxes or bags as lovely homemade gifts.
  • Storage: Store your chocolate-covered cherries in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.

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