If you love baking and creating desserts either to enjoy yourself or to give away as presents at this festive time of the year, you’ll love this easy recipe for amarena chocolate-covered cherries. When you use our amarena cherries instead of maraschino cherries for the recipe, you’ll end up with an exotic dessert that is much more elegant than the traditional type of boxed cherries you can purchase.
- 1/4 cup of softened butter
- 2 1/2 cups of icing sugar
- 2 8-ounce jars of amarena cherries with stems
- 1/2 teaspoon of almond extract
- 1 tablespoon of milk
- 2 tablespoons of shortening
- 2 cups of semisweet or dark chocolate chips
Combine sugar, milk, extract and butter in a large bowl. Knead the mixture into a ball and then roll small portions into 1 inch balls and flatten. Aim for 2-inch flat circles that can be wrapped around the amarena cherries. Once they have been wrapped, place the cherries with their stems up onto a baking sheet that has been lined with wax paper and refrigerate.
Melt the shortening and the chocolate chips slowly over low heat and a double boiler. Once the cherries have been chilled for at least four hours, they can be individually dipped into the chocolate and then placed back onto the waxed paper. Refrigerate the cherries for at least a week in a covered container before serving them or offering them as a gift.
Make your holiday entertaining special this year by using amarena cherries instead of the usual maraschino variety. They add sophistication and a natural, fantastic flavour to any type of recipe that calls for sweetened cherries. Find out more about the gourmet amarena cherries we offer and our wholesale pricing plan for large orders by visiting amarena.ca today.