Chocolate-Covered Cherries

These chocolate-covered cherries are absolutely addictive. For a fun yet elegant dessert, pour a splash of cherry syrup into a martini glass, then top off with white- and dark-dipped cherries. For a more spirited dessert, spike the syrup with brandy or a fruit liqueur, like Grand Marnier®. Eat the cherries, then drink the syrup for a nightcap chaser. To add black-tie style to a dinner party or buffet, group filled glasses on stacked silver trays and have them do double duty as a centerpiece, or set a filled glass at each place setting to complete your tablescape. To make thoughtful gifts for Valentine’s Day, fill a red take-out container and give that special someone a box of cherry bonbons.
Excerpted from the book, Sandra Lee Semi-Homemade Desserts, by Sandra Lee
Copyright © 2005 SLSH Enterprises, Inc.
  • 40 maraschino cherries with stems (packed in heavy syrup), drained well
  • ½ cup (3 ounces) semisweet chocolate morsels, Nestlé®
  • ½ cup (3 ounces) premier white morsels, Nestlé®
  1. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper or waxed paper. Pat cherries dry with paper towels.
  2. Melt semisweet chocolate and white morsels separately in stainless- steel bowls set over pans of simmering water, stirring until smooth.
  3. Holding stem of cherry, dip cherry into either melted chocolate or melted white morsels to coat. Transfer dipped cherry to prepared cookie sheet. Repeat with remaining cherries and melted chocolate or melted white morsels.

    Refrigerate for about 40 minutes or until set.

  • Yields: 40 cherries
  • Total Time: 1 hour