Indulge in a delightful treat that combines the tart sweetness of maraschino cherries, the richness of dark chocolate, and the wholesome goodness of oatmeal cranberry cookie dough. This recipe for Chocolate Dipped Maraschino Cherries is not just a dessert; it's an experience. Perfect for those special moments, these treats are surprisingly easy to make and are guaranteed to impress your guests or add a touch of elegance to your snacking.
Why You'll Love This Recipe
- Decadent Combination: The contrast between the sweet maraschino cherries, the rich dark chocolate, and the hearty oatmeal cranberry cookie dough creates a symphony of flavors.
- Easy to Make: With just a few simple steps and easily accessible ingredients, you can whip up these gourmet treats quickly.
- Perfect for Any Occasion: Whether it's a romantic Valentine's Day, a festive Christmas treat, or a unique dessert for dinner parties, these chocolate dipped cherries are sure to stand out.
Key Ingredients and Their Benefits
- Dark Chocolate (7 ounces): Rich in antioxidants, dark chocolate not only adds a layer of decadence but also brings health benefits, making this treat a guilty pleasure with a plus. For more gluten-free chocolate delights, check out our guide on Chocolate Covered Pineapple.
- Maraschino Cherries (6 ounces, stem-on): These cherries add a burst of sweetness and a vibrant pop of color, making each bite irresistible. For another fruit-based dessert idea, try our Gluten-Free Pear Crumble.
- Sweet Loren's Oatmeal Cranberry Cookie Dough: This ready-to-bake cookie dough offers convenience and adds a unique twist with its hearty texture and tangy cranberry bits. For a unique twist, you might also enjoy learning How to Make the Best Oven-Dried Orange Slices.
- Preparation: Start by patting the maraschino cherries dry with a paper towel to ensure the chocolate adheres perfectly. For the best results, use this precut parchment paper. Preheat your oven according to the cookie dough package instructions.
- Assemble the Cherries: Take a ball of Sweet Loren's oatmeal cranberry cookie dough, divide it in half, and flatten it. Carefully wrap it around a maraschino cherry, ensuring it's completely sealed. Place the wrapped cherries on a parchment-lined baking sheet—ideal for these treats are these favorite small baking sheets.
- Dip in Chocolate: Melt the dark chocolate and temper it to ensure a smooth, glossy finish. Dip the cookie-wrapped cherries into the chocolate, fully coating them. Place them back on the parchment paper.
- Set: Allow the chocolate to harden, either at room temperature or by chilling in the refrigerator for a faster setting.
Serve these Chocolate Dipped Maraschino Cherries as a standalone treat or alongside a cup of hot coffee or tea. They also make for an elegant addition to dessert platters or as a luxurious topping for ice creams and cakes.
Yes, fresh cherries can be used but ensure they are pitted and thoroughly dried before wrapping in cookie dough.
Store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week. Allow them to come to room temperature before serving for the best flavor.
Chocolate Dipped Maraschino Cherries
- 7 ounces dark chocolate melted and tempered
- 6 ounces stem-on maraschino cherries patted dry
- 1 package Sweet Loren's Oatmeal Cranberry Cookie Dough safe to eat raw
- Prepare Cherries: Pat maraschino cherries dry with a paper towel to remove excess moisture.
- Wrap Cherries: Take a small piece of Sweet Loren's oatmeal cranberry cookie dough and flatten it in your palm. Wrap the dough around a cherry, ensuring it's fully encased. Repeat with all cherries.
- Melt Chocolate: Gently melt the dark chocolate in a microwave or over a double boiler until smooth and fully melted.
- Dip Cherries: Dip each cookie dough-wrapped cherry into the melted chocolate, using a fork or dipping tool to help coat evenly.
- Set: Place chocolate-coated cherries on a baking sheet lined with precut parchment paper and allow to set. For quicker setting, refrigerate for 10-15 minutes.
- Serve & Enjoy: Once the chocolate has hardened, your Chocolate Dipped Maraschino Cherries are ready to be served.