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Sliced Homemade Cherry Cordial shown the layers of chocolate, dough and cherry.

Homemade Cherry Cordials

These Homemade Cherry Cordials combine the flavor of sweet chocolate and tart cherry with a buttery fondant that makes the so much butter than any store bought version.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Cherry Cordial, Chocolate Covered Cherry, Christmas Candy, Homemade Cherry Coridal
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Harding 20 minutes
Servings 18 candies
Calories 187 kcal
Susanne Susanne


  • 18 fresh cherries washed and pitted or 18 jarred Maraschino cherries
  • 2 cups confectioners sugar
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 12 oz bag chocolate chips
  • 1 whole Hershey candy bar
  • 1 teaspoon Crisco shortening


  1. Wash and pit 18 fresh cherries or rinse 18 jarred cherries then pat dry with paper towel and set aside
  2. Mix together confectioners sugar, butter, milk almond extract until it forms a round smooth round ball. The ball should have the consistency of play-doh. If the dough feels too sticky add powdered sugar until it feels like the desired consistency. If the dough feels too dry add a drop of milk a little at time until it reaches a pliable consistency.
  3. Pinch off a piece of dough about the size of a cherry and roll it into a ball, ,then flatten out the dough. Place a cherry in the center and then form the dough around it until the cherry it completely covered.
  4. When all the cherries are covered in the dough place them in the freezer for 15 minutes to chill
  5. While the cherries are chilling melt the chocolate chips and Hershey bar in a microwave safe bowl for 30 seconds then stir. Continue melting the chocolate in 20 second increments stirring between each* increment until completely melted.**
  6. Dip the cherries into the melted chocolate, using a spoon to roll and coat them until completely covered in chocolate.
  7. Place the chocolate coated cherries on wax paper or parchment paper and allow the chocolate to harden completely before moving them.
  8. Store in an air tight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.

Recipe Notes

*be sure to stir the chocolate often so that it does not burn
**if the chocolate is too thin to coat the cherries add one tablespoon of crisco and stir to combine

Nutritional values for this recipe are estimates and will vary based on ingredients used 

Nutrition Facts
Homemade Cherry Cordials
Amount Per Serving (1 candy)
Calories 187 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 6mg2%
Sodium 19mg1%
Potassium 125mg4%
Carbohydrates 25g8%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 21g23%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 73IU1%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 13mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.