Every year I put up a big crock of boozy cherries, so that I can enjoy them through out the year. Last night I was thinking that it would be fun to try a quick, overnight version, and then dip them in melted dark chocolate. They turned out amazing, and are definitely going to become a new tradition around my house. We quickly devoured them and were left wanting more!
These are like the boozy, chocolate cherries you find around the holidays, but with the flavor of fresh sweet cherries and a nice bite of booze. They aren’t overly sweet, which definitely sets them apart from the holiday version.
I used vodka for these, along with a little organic sugar and a dash of almond extract. The almond extract plays off the flavor of the cherry pits (which have an almond flavor), so it makes them a bit more nuanced. You could definitely mix it up and use rum instead, although I highly recommend you give this version a try. If you have a nut allergy, you can swap vanilla extract for the almond.
It literally takes 5 minutes to soak the cherries in the boozy mixture, and another 10 minutes to chocolate dip them the next day. You can increase the recipe for a large batch, as this will make about 10-12 cherries. If you want to make these without the booze, simply pit (being careful not to disrupt the stem) and dip in melted chocolate. They are even better than chocolate-dipped strawberries!
Also, if you’re looking for a cherry pitter, this one from Oxo is one of my favorites. I have this one too, which is great for pitting a lot of cherries at a time. The Oxo pitter works really well for pitting olives too.
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xo Julie & Kittee