No-Guilt Chocolate Cherries from author Cleo Coyle

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I've made traditional chocolate-covered cherries in the past, and even published a recipe for the classic candy. (You can get that classic recipe in book #8 of our Coffeehouse Mysteries, Holiday Grind.)

This recipe came about during more recent recipe testing. Read more about it and get my insanely easy recipe by scrolling down or clicking here or on the "read more" link below... 

~ Cleo Coyle, author of
The Coffeehouse Mysteries

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During my recipe testing for the Black Forest Brownies in Once Upon a Grind, I soaked cherries in various alcohols and liqueurs to see how the results would taste. In the end, I settled on traditional Kirsch (cherry brandy) or white rum. That recipe will work with fresh or frozen cherries as well as maraschino.

During this testing, I was surprised to discover that soaking maraschino cherries in crème de cacao (for just 24 hours) creates a pretty darn delicious mock chocolate covered cherry.

My husband, Marc, was skeptical. He didn't believe they would taste like a chocolate cherry. But he's a believer now. And here is the quick and easy recipe...

Cleo's Insanely Easy
Mock Chocolate Cherries (Cheeries?)


1 Jar Maraschino Cherries (with stems)
Crème De Cacao

Directions: Open the jar of cherries and drain all the liquid, keeping the cherries intact and inside the jar. Pour the crème de cacao into the jar until the cherries are covered. Seal the jar and store in the refrigerator for 24 hours. The "cheeries" are now ready to cheer you up. 


Be sure to label the jar, especially if the grandkids are
coming over. Spiked cherries on a hot fudge sundae
sounds pretty darn amazing to me, but it's
probably not a good idea for a five-year-old. 

May you drink 
(and read) with joy!

~ Cleo Coyle

New York Times bestselling author of
The Coffeehouse Mysteries

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