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Homemade Chocolate Covered Cherries

posted by Julie Evink on December 12, 2017

Homemade Chocolate Covered Cherries ~ Make Your Own Homemade Chocolate Covered Cherries Recipe Perfect for Christmas and the Holidays! 


Delicious Chocolate Covered Cherries You can make at homeMemories. They are a great thing aren’t they! As I get older they get a little bit more treasured every year. I also try to focus on creating them for my kids. These Chocolate Covered Cherries made me reminisce about Christmas as a child. You see, no one like them but my Dad and I, so we always fought over them! Not sure why we fought, as there were plenty to go around. We always ate the ones from a box, but I had to try to make my own this year! They weren’t nearly as hard as I had it in my head they would be, just took a bit of time and planning! You just take a Maraschino Cherry, roll it in a powdered sugar mixture and dip it in chocolate almond bark!

The hardest thing is just waiting to let them sit up between the rolling in powdered sugar and dipping. Also, these are best if they sit for two weeks, but I dug right into a few and thought they were great too!

Tips for Making Homemade Chocolate Covered Cherries!

  • Dry off cherries on paper towel, blotting to remove as much juice as possible.
  • Keep fondant mixture cold, if your hands start to stick to it, rinse your hands in cold water!
  • Refrigerate cherries wrapped in fondant before you dip them in chocolate!
  • Use Chocolate Almond Bark instead of chocolate chips to dip them because it’s easier to work with!
  • Refrigerate for two weeks or longer, before enjoying for the best results!

Some other Christmas Treats I grew up making are Peanut Butter Ritz CookiesWhite Chocolate Molasses Cookies, and White Chocolate Dipped Gingersnaps.

Make Your Own Chocolate Covered Cherries with this recipe


Let’s talk about those Christmas memories and traditions! What memories do you have?

Every year my Grandma would give me a Hallmark granddaughter ornament. To this day they are so treasured, I get excited every time I go to decorate the tree. What is even more fun is that my kids are getting ornaments from my Mom now and they get all excited about it too! We have a whole tree full of Hallmark ornaments.

Miss K is like, “Mom! Mom! Can I get my box out of ornaments, you know the ones that are just MINE?”

When you have two other siblings, having a special thing that is just yours is pretty exciting! I can relate!

Homemade Chocolate Covered Cherries are a Christmas Favorite Recipe

Ingredients Need to Make Homemade Chocolate Covered Cherries!

  • Powdered sugar
  • Butter, softened
  • Milk
  • Almond extract
  • Maraschino cherries with stems , well drained
  • Chocolate almond bark
  • Shortening

Go grab the ingredients to make these Easy Homemade Chocolate Covered Cherries and start creating your own memories!

I assure you they are even better than the store bought ones!

3 reviews

Homemade Chocolate Covered Cherries

Prep Time 00:25 Inactive Time 4:00 Yields 3 dozen     adjust servings

Make Your Own Homemade Chocolate Covered Cherries Recipe Perfect for Christmas and the Holidays! 


  • 2 1/2 c. powdered sugar
  • 1/4 c. butter, softened
  • 1 Tbsp milk
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 2 jars (8 oz each) maraschino cherries with stems , well drained
  • 1 (24 oz) package chocolate almond bark
  • 2 Tbsp shortening


  1. In a large mixing bowl combine sugar, butter, milk and almond extract. Mix until combined. Knead into a large ball. 
  2. Roll into 1 in. balls and flatten into a 2 in. circle. Wrap around cherries and tightly roll in hands. 
  3. Place covered cherries on waxed lined baking sheet with stems pointing up. 
  4. Cover loosely and refrigerate 4 hours or overnight. 
  5. Melt the almond bark and shortening in microwave according to package directions. 
  6. Holding on to stem, dip cherries into chocolate, set on waxed paper to harden. Store in a covered container. 
  7. Refrigerate 1-2 weeks before serving.


Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per ServingAs Served
Calories 2168kcal Calories from fat 1238
% Daily Value
Total Fat 138g212%
Saturated Fat 21g105%
Transfat 2g
Cholesterol 41mg14%
Sodium 15mg1%
Carbohydrate 212g71%
Dietary Fiber 33g132%
Sugars 167g
Protein 49g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Total FatLess than65g
Sat FatLess than25g
CholesterolLess than300mg
SodiumLess than2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate300g
Dietary Fiber25g

Recipe Slightly Adapted from Taste of Home

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  • Cynthia Nagel

    I just wonder if this would work well for blueberries or strawberries? My hubs won’t touch cherries but loves the other two fruit.

  • Cynthia Nagel

    Wondering if this would work well with strawberries or blueberries? My hubs won’t touch cherries, but loves the other two fruit.

    • Julie Evink

      I would think so but it might be a little tricky because they don’t have a stem to hold them by when you dip them.

  • Jess

    After the 1-2 weeks in the fridge do they have to stay in the fridge or could I possibly wrap them up as gift. Assuming they can be kept outside the fridge shelf life would probably only be a couple days? Thanks!

    • Julie Evink

      If there’s some extra moisture in them they tend to have some of the syrup from the cherries come out of them. They don’t NEED to be refrigerated, this might happen though at room temperature.

  • Danielle Green

    These would a cute addition to a holiday fruit tray!

  • Erin @ The Speckled Palate

    These cherries look absolutely divine! I’ve never had a chocolate-covered one before, so it’s clearly time to get on the bandwagon. 😉

    • Julie Evink

      What?! Yes you need to try them!

  • Melissa Howell

    I have always wondered how to make these! I love this!

    • Julie Evink

      I always assumed it was a lot harder!

  • Malinda

    I’ve always wondered how to make these! I didn’t realize they were so easy!

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