Prep 1 hr
Cook 96 hrs
This is a Kentucky twist to the Christmas favorite. Yeah, we got Bourbon balls and I love 'em, but I bet if you give these this holiday season, your gonna hear RAVE reviews!
- 4 dozen maraschino cherries, drained
- 3⁄4 cup Bourbon
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 3 tablespoons white corn syrup
- 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups confectioners' sugar
- 1 1⁄2 lbs dipping chocolate
- Pour bourbon over drained cherries. Cover, refrigerate and allow to set for 2 days.
- Combine butter, corn syrup and salt. Blend until smooth. Add confectioners’ sugar and mix well. Knead until smooth and shiny. Chill for 30 minutes wrapped in waxed paper.
- While chilling, drain cherries well on paper towels. Pat dry. Reserve bourbon marinade for a cake or other dish (will keep if it is covered and refrigerated).
- Shape a marble-sized piece of fondant around each cherry. Place on waxed paper and chill at least 2 hours until firm.
- Melt chocolate in top of a double boiler over simmering water. Dip cherries in chocolate and set back on waxed papers. Allow trays to cool in refrigerator. Store in airtight containers.
- Candy will ripen well in about 2 days.
We were in a pickle.....every year my coworkers ordered 3 dozen of chocolate covered bourbon cherries for our boss for Christmas. This year the person never called and were sold out of them. So to the internet we went to find a recipe. We crossed our finger and gave it our best shot! I am a cook and a baker but never made candy.
They were easy to make and turned out awesome! We were surprised at how well they turned out. Our boss loved them. Next year we are going to start earlier and soak the cherries longer and use fresh cherries!
Every New Year, I start a new batch of Maker's Mark cherries. I buy a huge jar of maraschino cherries from Sam's, drain most of the cherry juice out, and fill the jar with Maker's Mark bourbon. At Christmas time, (yes, they soak for a year) I make my "cherry bombs" for everyone. I tried this recipe this year for my bourbon cherries, and LOVED it! The covering before I dipped my cherries in chocolate was PERFECT. I took them to a big holiday party, and they were a huge hit. I would highly recommend this recipe to anyone who likes bourbon cherries!