Friday, January 25, 2013

Chocolate Covered Cherries

My Mom use to make these for us, at Christmas. She hasn't in a while though, because it's a lot of work, for 1 person. I'm not sure where she got the recipe from. It's just one of those recipes she got from a friend of a friend. Though they are time intensive, they are super impressive. The first few cherries are always the biggest, since you're getting the feel of how much cherry paste to put around the actual cherry.

I had a jar of cocktail cherries in the fridge and I wanted to try making these myself. I did make them over 11 yrs ago, but they didn't turn out so nice, LOL. I really liked using the cocktail cherries; the stem helped out greatly when dipping them into the melted chocolate. Plus I think they look oh so cute! Imagine surprising that special person in your life, with a box of these for Valentine's day!!

Chocolate Covered Cherries
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1-2 jars cocktail cherries (with stems)
1/2 C butter, softened
1 tsp almond extract
1 can sweetened condensed milk
6-7 C powdered sugar (enough to make a stiff dough)
5 drops red food coloring (if desired)
1-2 C semi sweet chocolate candy melts
1/2 C pink chocolate candy melts

Drain one jar of cherries, in a fine mesh strainer, until ready to use.

In a bowl, mix the butter, sweetened condensed milk, red food color and almond extract, until smooth. Add powdered sugar, one cup at a time, until a non sticky dough forms. Cover one cherry with a thin layer of dough and place on a parchment liked baking tray. Repeat with remaining cherries, until dough is completely used up (using second jar of cherries, if needed). Place in freezer for at least 4 hrs, to over night.

Melt 1 C of the semi sweet chocolate candy melts in a glass measuring cup; in the microwave, stirring after every 30 seconds. Holding the stem of each cherry, dip into the melted chocolate. Using a small fork, support the bottom of the cherry, and gently shake off excess chocolate. Return to the parchment lined baking tray and repeat with remaining cherries; melting more chocolate melts as needed. Return chocolate coated cherries to the freezer to set.

While chocolate sets, melt pink candy melts and place into a zip top bag. Cut a very small hole in one end and drizzle the pink chocolate over set chocolate covered cherries. Return to freezer, to set the pink chocolate. Serve at room temperature.

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April @ The 21st Century Housewife said...

Your Chocolate Covered Cherries look so tasty! My late Dad always used to buy chocolate covered cherries for gifts at Christmas and always managed to buy one extra box 'by mistake' for us to share. Love this homemade version - they really do look so much nicer than store bought. What a lovely Valentine's gift! Thank you for sharing this post with the Gallery of Favorites.

Jeanine - The Baking Beauties said...

Oh wow! So pretty, Cindy!

Reecea Henderson said...

Saw your post on The Country Cook Weekend Potluck #51. Beautiful photos. Your chocolate covered cherries look delish. My hubby LOVES them, and homemade is so much better than anything store bought. Thanks for posting. Mine is #30


I'm now following you on GFC.


Katie @ Horrific Knits said...

How awesome! I would love if you would share on Inspired Weekends, open Fridays through Thursdays!


Katie @ Horrific Knits

Tony Bailey said...

Wow, Cindy, these look delicious....nice work!

Hilary Cook said...

I just might have to make these for my husband and I to enjoy for Valentine's Day. Maybe we will even share with the kids. :)

Marlys @ Thisand That said...

I need to make these... I have been thinking of making cherry blossoms and this might be the perfect recipe to start out with.. now just to figure out how to do the nut bottom. I loved cherry blossoms but can't find them here in the states. Thanks for sharing on Foodie fRiends fRiday and remember to come back and vote on Sunday.

Michelle said...

These look delicious! Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday. Please come back Sunday to vote!

April Tuell said...

I found you from the Horrific Knits link up. Your chocolate covered cherries look yummy and perfect for Valentine’s. I just started a new Saturday Spotlight Linky Party on my blog this week, and would love to have you stop by and share! http://angelshomestead.com/saturday-spotlight-1/

Brenda said...

Y U M !!!!! Thanks for sharing!! Pinning immediately ;)

Have a fabulous weekend :*)
~Brenda @ChattingOverChocolate.blogspot.com

Designed Decor said...

Wow, These are amazing looking! I am sure they are delicious too! I just started a new link party and would love for you to come over and share your post or any social media sites. Talkin’ About Thursday - http://designeddecor.com/talkin-about-thursday-link-party4/

marlene said...

Wow. These look incredible. I haven't had a chocolate covered cherry in years. Thanks for the reminder and the recipe too.
Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday.
Your co host from Nosh My Way.

Walking on Sunshine said...

So delicious looking. Love your photos! Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday! Please come back next week for another GREAT party!

Krista said...

Oh wow! These are gorgeous and look so tasty! We love them! Thanks for sharing at Church Supper. Have a blessed week & come back soon ~EMM

Jeni said...

So pretty!
I absolutely love the name of your blog! My husband and I refer to each other as "Hun"! I have said and heard "Hun, What's for dinner?" a thousand times!!!

Nicole (MyLoveForCooking) said...

Whoa!!! These made my eyes pop out! :) I had to come tell you how beautiful they were. XO Nicole

Cindy Hunwhatsfordinner said...

Thank you so much for the kind words everyone <3

April Tuell said...

Thanks so much for sharing these yummy little treats – they look fantastic! I've featured it on this weeks Saturday Spotlight – come on by & check it out. :)


April @ The 21st Century Housewife said...

Hello again Cindy! Alea and I are featuring your lovely chocolate covered cherries today at our Valentine's Day edition of The Gallery of Favorites. Thank you again for sharing them :)

Donna Elick said...

Thank you for sharing at our Ladies Night Cocktail Link Party!

Joanne DiPalo said...

These look delicious. I would definitely make these for a special occasion, it is well worth the time. They make a beautiful presentation and of course everyone will love them.