Wine Soaked Chocolate Covered Cherries are a super easy, yet elegant way to end a meal. Wow your friends with this delicious, deceptively simple dessert!
So you spent all day on this amazing dinner, but then it’s time to think about dessert and well, now what? Sometimes you need something to wow your guests that doesn’t require any thought.
But it also seems like you spent time carefully planning it.
Incredible, delicious dishes don’t actually have to be complicated. Today’s recipe is just 5 ingredients: wine, sugar, orange, cherries and chocolate.
Now this recipe is just for the cherries, but if you want to dress it up even more, I whipped up some pudding (yes, from a box.. don’t tell anyone) and some whipped cream, piped them into some dessert shooters (affiliate link) and topped them with the cherries.
And because they have wine, bam, super fancy dessert just like that.
Appearances aside, these really do taste phenomenal. And my mission here is to share recipes with you all that both look great and taste great.
My only suggestion in choosing the wine is decide how sweet you want the cherries. I use whole Northwest Bing cherries (here’s a guide on the different types), which are already pretty sweet. Use a sweet wine like Shiraz or a red blend, or even a Cabernet to make them extra sweet, or use a drier wine if that’s your taste. Remember it will be dipped in chocolate.
Make these babies and let me know what you think!
Until next time. X
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Wine Soaked Chocolate Covered Cherries
- 20–25 fresh cherries
- 1 cup red wine, such as merlot
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 5 1″ squares of orange peel
- 4 oz semi sweet chocolate
- In a small saucepan, bring the wine, sugar and orange peels to a boil.
- Stir gently until the sugar dissolves.
- Reduce heat to low.
- Simmer for 10 minutes.
- Remove from heat and let cool for 2-5 minutes.
- Either pit the cherries or leave them as is. If you do not pit them, poke a few small holes in the cherries with a fork (and warn your guests when serving).
- In a shallow heat proof bowl, arrange the cherries in a single layer and pour the wine mixture over them.
- Cover and chill for 6 hours to overnight.
- Chop the chocolate into rough pieces and place in a microwave safe bowl.
- Heat in 30 second increments, stirring each time, until the chocolate is fully melted.
- Remove the cherries from the wine and pat dry with paper towels – this step is important. If the cherries aren’t dry, the chocolate wont adhere.
- Dip the cherries in the chocolate, gently shaking off any excess and then place them on a parchment paper to dry. If you can’t use the stems to dip, two forks work well.
- Store the cherries, chilled for 3-5 days.
- small saucepan
- shallow heat proof bowl
- cherry pitter or small fork
- small microwave safe bowl
- parchment paper
I didn’t pit my cherries for the pictures (and I couldn’t find my pitter), but its important to do it especially if you’re serving these to guests. Nobody wants to worry about choking or chipping a tooth.
See the post for recipe suggestions for the dessert shooters (instant pudding and whipped cream).
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 25 minutes
- Category: Dessert
- Method: Stove
- Cuisine: American
- Diet: Vegetarian
Keywords: wine soaked cherries, chocolate covered cherries
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