Chocolate Covered Cherries

Total Time
1hr 3mins
Prep 1 hr
Cook 3 mins

I make these every year for Christmas goodies and my husband hides them from everybody! They take about two weeks for the centers to get soft. This is a Southern Living recipe that's at least 20 years old. When you buy the cherries check the servings in the jar. You need 50 cherries, give or take a few.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Drain the cherries; pat dry on paper towels, and set aside.
  2. In mixer bowl beat butter, corn syrup, and salt until well combined.
  3. Stir in powdered sugar and knead until smooth (mixture will be very stiff).
  4. Shape 1/2 teaspoon of sugar mixture around each cherry (make sure the cherries are dry so the sugar mixture will stick).
  5. Place on waxed paper-lined baking sheet and place in the freezer until cherries are firm.
  6. At this point you can place them in a container or freezer bag and return to the freezer for dipping later when it's convenient.
  7. Melt chocolate chips and shortening in glass heat-proof bowl, stirring often so the chocolate doesn't burn.
  8. Dip each cherry in chocolate and place on a waxed paper-lined baking sheet.
  9. A carving fork works great for dipping the cherries.
  10. Chill until firm and store in the refrigerator.


Most Helpful

excellent recipe. used normal pitted cherries soaked in Jack Daniels for 2 days instead of marachino. Thanks for posting this recipe.

elcid097187 December 14, 2008

Great recipe!! I tried another recipe first and that was a disaster--- but this one worked like a charm! Its time consuming but definitely worth the effort. I soaked my cherries in Jim Bean, which changed the taste of the whole candy itself but it was good!

Cheeky Panda December 23, 2011

Chocolate Covered Cherries, are my favorite Christmas candy. I was devastated when a certain manufacturer quit making them. Ha, Ha, Ha, now I can make my own. This all worked great. Thanks for posting.

M R. August 06, 2006

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