Chocolate Covered Cherry Cordial

60 cherries
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Homemade Chocolate Covered Cherry Cordials are an easy to make candy recipe with just five ingredients. Make these special treats for the holidays!

Chocolate Cherry Cordials are an Easy Homemade Candy Recipe that’s perfect for the holidays or any special occasion. For more easy chocolate-coated desserts try out Chocolate Covered Strawberries and Chocolate Covered Pretzels

About our Chocolate Covered Cherry Cordials Recipe

Chocolate Covered Cherries are a delicious homemade candy and a decadent chocolate gift for the holidays. They’re made with maraschino cherries wrapped in a buttercream fondant and dipped in chocolate. They may look super fancy but they are actually much easier to make and don’t take that much time. Really the time comes from letting them set for a couple days to get that luxurious creamy center.  Whether you place them on a treat tray at your Christmas party or make them for an extra special Valentine’s gift, these special cherries in chocolate are sure to be a delight. 

Chocolate Covered Cherry Cordials Ingredients

  • Cherries: Juicy maraschino cherries in syrup are perfect for Chocolate Covered Cherries for a couple reasons. Their fruity flavor pairs beautifully with the chocolate and their juice seeps into the fondant to make an extra sweet, liquid cream center. Plus they are shelf stable so you can keep them at room temperature and they are already pitted so prep time is a breeze!
  • Fondant: The homemade fondant is made with butter, light corn syrup, and powdered sugar. It acts as a barrier between cherries and chocolate coating and turns gives the cordial cherries their amazing creamy center. You want a thicker fondant that sticks to the cherries when you dip them in chocolate.
  • Chocolate: You want to use melting wafers for a smooth chocolate coating around these Chocolate Cordial Cherries. The chocolate melts are a bit more expensive but for these special candy cordials it’s worth the extra cost. The disks are a better quality chocolate than cheap chocolate chips or bar chocolate so it is smoother plus it sets nicely because it’s meant to be a candy coating.
  • Powdered Sugar: The powdered sugar makes the fondant smooth and the extra fine sugar will dissolve into the cherry juices and corn syrup to form a liquid fondant center over time. It’s also handy to keep the fondant from sticking as you wrap it around the maraschino cherries.
Chocolate Covered Cherry Cordials cherries in bowl before coating

Kitchen Tools & Equipment

  • Stand Mixer: The stand mixer isn’t a must have but it definitely makes mixing quicker and easier on the arms! Since you want a stiff fondant, not a liquid fondant, it tends to get hard to stir by hand and a hand mixer can get unstable with the thick dough.
  • Double Boiler: Instead of the microwave chocolate melting process, use a double boiler on the stove top instead. Place a heat safe bowl over a simmering pan of water. The bowl should rest on top without touching the water or bottom of the pan. Make sure not even a drop of water splashes into the bowl or you won’t have smooth chocolate. Once the chocolate begins melting, removee the bowl from heat and stir until smooth.

How to Make Chocolate Covered Cherry Cordials

Time needed: 30 minutes.

  1. Make the Fondant

    Add the butter and corn syrup to your stand mixer, and mix to combine. Add the powdered sugar, mix until a stiff dough forms. The sugar mixture will get soft if it’s left too long at room temperature so begin wrapping it around the cherries right away or chill fondant until ready to use.Chocolate Covered Cherry Cordials covering cherry in fondant

  2. Wrap the Cherries in Fondant

    Use about a teaspoon of dough to wrap around each cherry. That way, it’s a nice thin layer. If the fondant is sticking to your fingers, dust your hands with powdered sugar to make the process easier.Chocolate Covered Cherry Cordials covering cherry in fondant

  3. Chill in Refrigerator until Coating Sets

    Lay the wrapped cherries out on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet and refrigerate them. You can also use wax paper.Chocolate Covered Cherry Cordials cherries covered in fondant on parchment paper.

  4. Melt the Chocolate

    Put the chocolate melting wafers in a heatproof bowl. To melt the chocolate for dipping, microwave in 30-second increments, stirring between each one until smooth. Then dip the cherries in the chocolate. Let any excess chocolate drip off, before you put them back on the baking sheet.Chocolate Covered Cherry Cordials dipping cherry in chocolate.

  5. Set the Cordial Center:

    Give the Cherry Cordials enough time to harden on the baking tray. For that amazing liquid center, you should chill them for at least a couple days before serving. But you can also serve them as soon as the chocolate hardens.Chocolate Covered Cherry Cordial pile of finished cherries on plate with some halved cherries to show inside.

Nutritional Facts

Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Covered Cherry Cordials
Amount Per Serving
Calories 70 Calories from Fat 18
% Daily Value*
Fat 2g3%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Trans Fat 0.04g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.02g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.1g
Cholesterol 3mg1%
Sodium 11mg0%
Potassium 1mg0%
Carbohydrates 12g4%
Fiber 0.4g2%
Sugar 11g12%
Protein 0.4g1%
Vitamin A 37IU1%
Vitamin C 0.05mg0%
Calcium 12mg1%
Iron 0.1mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Chocolate Covered Cherry Cordials Tips & Tricks

Tips to get the perfect Cherry Cordials!

  1. Prevent Sticky Fondant
    • As you are wrapping the cherries, the fondant might get warm and sticky. Dust your hands with powdered sugar to prevent sticking, or if its too soft pop it in the fridge for 10-20 minutes to stiffen it back up.
  2. Give the Cordial Cherries Time 
    • The fondant will naturally soften naturally but if you like a syrupy liquid center in your Chocolate Cordial Cherries, you want to give them time for juice to break down the sugars. If you serve them right away, they will have a thicker creamy center.

How to Store Chocolate Covered Cherry Cordials

Serve: To make sure they stay fresh and prevent them from melting, you don’t want to keep Chocolate-covered Cherry Cordials at room temperature for more than a few hours.

Store: For storage, keep these Chocolate Cherries in an airtight container in the refrigerator. The Cherry Cordials will stay good for 2-3 weeks.

Freeze: Homemade Chocolate Cherry Cordials can crack open when the liquid in the center freezes. The candy will still taste fine, so if you have leftovers and don’t care about the way they look, you can feel free to freeze them for up to 3 months.

Ideas to Serve Chocolate Covered Cherry Cordials

Decorations: Before the chocolate hardens, you can sprinkle on some different decorations for a more festive look. Try sanding sugar, sprinkles, flaky sea salt, or sugar pearls before the chocolate hardens. They’ll stick to the melted chocolate and stay on as it sets. You can also pipe red or white melted chocolate in a swirling pattern over the cherries before refrigerating.

Candy Box: If you want to gift your Cordial Cherries in a fancy way, prepare a candy box. Grab some festive candy boxes and paper candy cups at the craft store. Fill all the paper candy cups with the cordials or mix it up with Dark Chocolate Truffles, Chocolate Caramels and other homemade chocolates.

Chocolate Covered Cherry Cordials with Fresh Cherries

Rinse the fresh cherries to clean them before making the chocolate cordial cherries. Place the cherries on a paper towel and let them dry completely. Prepare the fondant and wrap can wrap them in the candy fondant coating and dip in the melted chocolate to finish.

FAQ for Chocolate Covered Cherry Cordials

Can Chocolate Covered Cherry Cordials be Made Ahead of Time?

Chocolate-dipped cherries actually taste the best when made a full two weeks ahead of time. I recommend making this recipe early. Then you can store them in a cool place until you’re ready to serve them. They still taste great as soon as the chocolate sets, but they’re even better when the middle is nice and creamy.

Can you use fresh cherries to make Cherry Cordials?

You can use fresh cherries, instead of maraschino cherries but keep in mind they won’t be quite as sweet as the cherries in syrup. Fresh cherries also have pits, so make sure to remove them before the fondant step. There are instructions above to use fresh cherries.

Chocolate Covered Cherry Cordial halved finished cherry to show inside on counter with other cherries in background.

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Chocolate Covered Cherry Cordials

Homemade Chocolate Covered Cherry Cordials are an easy to make candy recipe with just five ingredients. Make these treats for the holidays!
Yield 60 cherries
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Author Sabrina Snyder


  • 3 tablespoons butter , room temperature
  • 3 tablespoons corn syrup
  • 2 cups powdered sugar , sifted
  • 60 maraschino cherries
  • 1 pound milk chocolate melting wafers


  • In a stand mixer add the butter and corn syrup together until smooth then add in the powder sugar until it forms a stiff dough.
  • Dry the cherries well and wrap each cherry in a teaspoon of the dough then refrigerate all the cherries on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  • Melt the chocolate melting wafers and dip the cherries before setting onto the baking sheet to harden.
  • The cherries are best when served after ripening for 2 weeks. Store in the refrigerator.


Calories: 70kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 0.4g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.02g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Trans Fat: 0.04g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 11mg | Potassium: 1mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 37IU | Vitamin C: 0.05mg | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 0.1mg
Keyword: cherry cordials, chocolate covered cherries

Chocolate Covered Cherry Cordials Variations

Dark Chocolate Cherry Cordials: If you are a dark chocolate lover, swap in dark chocolate melting disks or other dark chocolate pieces meant for melting and coating candy.

Flavorings: For some extra flavor try mixing in a teaspoon vanilla extract or a teaspoon almond extract with the melted chocolate before you dip the cherries in.

Cherry Syrup: For more cherry flavor in the fondant, you can add a tablespoon of the syrup from the jar of cherries. If using fresh cherries, you could make your own syrup by reducing some cherries with sugar and water.

Boozy Cherry Cordials: Make an adult version by leaving the cherries in brandy or rum. Place the cherries in a bowl with liquor, cover and chill overnight in the fridge. Just make sure you label the cordials where you soaked cherries in liquor so kids don’t eat them.

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Chocolate Covered Cherry Cordial halved finished cherry to show inside on pile of finished cherries.

About the Author: Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

Sabrina Snyder is a professionally trained personal and private chef of over 10 years who is the creator and developer of all the recipes on Dinner, then Dessert.

She is also the author of the cookbook Dinner, then Dessert – Satisfying Meals Using Only 3, 5 or 7 Ingredients, published by Harper Collins.

She started Dinner, then Dessert as a business in her office as a lunch service for her coworkers who admired her lunches before going to culinary school and becoming a full time personal chef and private chef.

As a personal chef Sabrina would cook for families one day a week and cook their entire week of dinners. All grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning was done along with instructions on reheating. As a private chef she cooked for private parties and cooked in family homes in the evenings for families on a nightly basis after working as a personal chef during the day.

Sabrina has been certified as a ServSafe Manager since 2007 and was a longstanding member of the USPCA Personal Chef Association including being on the board of the Washington DC Chapter of Chefs in the US Personal Chef Association when they won Chapter of the year.

As a member of the community of food website creators Sabrina Snyder has spoken at many conferences regarding her experiences as a food writer including the Indulge Food Conference, Everything Food Conference, Haven Food Conference and IACP Annual Food Professionals Conference.

Sabrina lives with her family in sunny California.

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