Cherry brandy chocolate balls

    12 hours 30 min

    My mum always used to make these for Christmas. They're great, as you make them a week or two in advance of eating. They are gorgeous sweets with cherries, brandy, marzipan and chocolate. Go on, pamper yourself!


    Oxfordshire, England, UK
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    Serves: 48 

    • 4 to 8 tablespoons brandy
    • 1 tub Maraschino cherries
    • 1 bar marzipan
    • 1 bar chocolate

    Prep:30min  ›  Extra time:12hr  ›  Ready in:12hr30min 

    1. Add brandy to the tub of maraschino cherries. Shake to coat cherries well. Leave overnight to marinate. Shake a few times if you remember.
    2. Drain cherries well (cook's perks - the brandy is no longer needed for the recipe, so sip it - enjoy as you make the sweets!).
    3. Roll the marzipan out to a thickness of 5mm. Cut out a square about 4cm each side, place a cherry up in the middle, and roll together to form a ball. Continue until all the cherries form balls.
    4. Melt the chocolate (either in the microwave, or in a bain marie over a pan of hot water). Dip the balls into the melted chocolate, and place on a sheet of greaseproof paper to set.
    5. Store in an airtight container for 1 to 2 weeks. As they mature, the residual alcohol will begin to dissolve the cherry, so the longer you leave them, the more liquid the centre will become.
    6. Serve and enjoy!


    The amounts are deliberately vague, as you can make as many or as few as you want. If you're a marzipan fan, put a thicker layer around the cherries. Or make this thinner if you find the taste of marzipan overwhelming.


    My mum always used to cover the cherries entirely overnight. Not sure if this was to get a stronger taste, or if it was just because she enjoyed drinking the cherry brandy afterwards!

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    Made these last Christmas and took them away with us the week before the big day. They were gone long before the25th. Highly recommended.  -  29 Sep 2014