This recipe for Grand Marnier Chocolate Cherries is so simple, you are going to wonder why you haven’t made it every year for Christmas; I do! Seriously, who doesn’t love chocolate-covered cherries? The addition of the Grand Marnier makes these sweet treats just for adults, and there isn’t anything wrong with that!
Whether you make them with milk chocolate, dark chocolate, white chocolate, or mix it up, you are going to love the results. If I can keep my family from eating them all, I love to include them on a sweets tray over the holidays or give them away as gifts. A box of homemade chocolates and sweets says so much more than a gift card or something like that to the person receiving them. While the adults indulge the kids can dive into Valentine’s Day Puppy Chow that can easily be converted to Reindeer Chow too. Or try some candies from our new roundup, 25 Best Christmas Candies.
What Ingredients Will I Need?
1 jar cocktail maraschino cherries with the stems on, in heavy syrup (or more)
Grand Marnier orange liquor
Milk chocolate, melted
White Chocolate, melted
Yes, just four ingredients, that’s it! You will need some cocktail maraschino cherries. These are the cherries the stems still attached. It makes it easier to pick up, hold, and dip, plus they just look so much more elegant.
You will also need some chocolate. I like to use milk chocolate and white chocolate, but semi-sweet dark chocolate is a great option to add to the recipe. You can use chocolate chips or chunks, whatever is available in your local store. And of course, an orange liqueur, I personally like to use Grand Marnier, but you could use something else if you prefer.
These are also perfect as a treat for your sweetheart come Valentine’s Day!
How To Make Chocolate Covered Cherries
Carefully pour all the cherries along with ½ the cherry syrup from the jar into a large sealable glass jar (a 1-quart sealer jar works well). Pour in the Grand Marnier liquor so that all the cherries are just covered, basically refilling the cherry syrup.
Seal the jar and refrigerate for about a month or so. Rotate the jar or gently stir the cherries occasionally over this period.
Remove the cherries from the liquid and place them on a paper towel-lined baking sheet. Gently pat the drained cherries dry using additional paper towels. You can reserve the fluid for cocktails like a simple Kir Royale works wonderfully with this juice.
Have a second lined cookie sheet with wax paper or parchment paper ready and set aside. Place the chocolate chips in a small microwaveable bowl and melt the chocolate, heating 30-40 seconds at a time, do not overheat the chocolate.
With the stems, take each cherry and dip them into the chocolate, covering the cherry completely. Lay them on the parchment or wax paper-lined baking sheets. Once you have dipped all the cherries in the chocolate, refrigerate them for 2-3 hours until the chocolate has hardened.
If you like, you can drizzle the cherries with a different color of chocolate or simply leave them a solid color. The cherries can be stored in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for about 2 weeks.
These little sweets are perfect for giving as gifts to teachers, music instructors, neighbors, or friends. Everyone is going to love them! After all, there is nothing better than a homemade gift, especially when it tastes this good!
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- 1 jar cocktail maraschino cherries with the stems on, in heavy syrup (or more)
- Grand Marnier orange liquor
- Milk chocolate, melted
- White chocolate, melted (optional)
- Carefully pour all the cherries along with ½ the cherry syrup from the jar into a large sealable glass jar (a 1-quart sealer jar works well).
- Pour in the Grand Marnier liquor so that all the cherries are just covered, basically refilling the cherry syrup.
- Seal and refrigerate for about a month. Rotate the jar or gently stir the cherries occasionally.
- Remove the cherries from the liquid and place them on a paper towel-lined baking sheet.
- Gently pat the cherries dry using additional paper towels
- Line a second baking sheet with wax paper or parchment paper.
- Dip each cherry into the melted milk chocolate, covering the cherry completely. Place on the parchment or wax paper-lined baking sheet.
- Once all the cherries have been dipped into the chocolate, refrigerate them for 2-3 hours until the chocolate hardens.
- The chocolate cherries can be stored in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for about 2 weeks, but they may not last that long!
You can use the different colored chocolate to drizzle over the dipped cherries if you desire.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 36 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 34Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 5mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 0gSugar: 4gProtein: 0g
Recipe calculation was provided by Nutritionix and is estimation only. If you need nutritional calculations for medical reasons, please use a source that you trust.