Cordial Cherries

(from Lucianolinda’s recipe box)

Source: Southern Living

Categories: Candy


  • 1 (10 oz.) jar maraschino cherries with stems
  • 1/2 cup brandy (optional)
  • 1 (8oz. pkg. semisweet chocolate baking squares, chopped


  1. Drain maraschino cherries, and return to jar. Pour brandy, if desired, in jar; cover with lid, and freeze 8 hours. Drain cherries, and pat dry, reserving brandy for another use.
  2. Melt two-thirds of chocolate baking squares in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring until a candy thermometer reaches 115 degrees. Remove from heat; add remaining chocolate, and stir until candy thermometer reaches 89 degrees and chocolate is smooth.
  3. Dip cherries quickly into melted chocolate, coating well. Place cherries on wax paper, stem sides up, and cool.
  4. If desired, prepare marzipan, and wrap each cherry in about 1 tsp. to make the liquid centers. As they age, the marzipan will liquefy by the acid in the cherries.

  5. makes 2 1/2 dozen

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