Chocolate Christmas Cherries

13  Ratings
  • 30 min prep
  • 2 hr total
  • Makes 3 dozen cherries or 18 servings, 2 cherries each.

Pretty maraschino cherries inside a coffee-flavored cookie crumb and walnut coating are dipped into melted chocolate for an elegant holiday treat.

Chocolate Christmas Cherries Recipe


  • 58 NILLA Wafers, finely crushed (about 2 cups crumbs)
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 cup boiling water
  • 2 tsp. instant coffee
  • 2 Tbsp. margarine or butter
  • 1 Tbsp. corn syrup
  • 36 maraschino cherries with stems, well drained
  • 3 pkg. (4 oz. each) semi-sweet baking chocolate, melted


  • Mix  crumbs, sugar and walnuts; set aside. Add boiling water to coffee granules in small bowl; stir until coffee is dissolved. Add margarine and corn syrup; stir until well blended. Add to crumb mixture; mix well.
  • Shape  about 1 rounded teaspoonful of the crumb mixture around each cherry, leaving stem of cherry uncoated. Place in shallow pan; cover. Refrigerate 1 hour.
  • Dip  cherries, 1 at a time, in chocolate, holding cherries by the stems and turning until completely coated. Place on wire rack set over sheet of wax paper to collect drippings. Refrigerate 30 min. or until firm. Store in refrigerator.

Recipe Tips

SubstituteSubstitute 2 cups OREO Chocolate Cookie Crumbs for the crushed NILLA Wafers.


Nutrition Information

Makes 3 dozen cherries or 18 servings, 2 cherries each.

Nutrition per serving:

    • Calories 190 
    • Total fat 10 g
    • Saturated fat 3.5 g
    • Cholesterol 0 mg
    • Sodium 65 mg
    • Carbohydrate 26 g
    • Dietary fiber 1 g
    • Total sugars 19 g
    •     Includes added sugars n/a
    • Protein 2 g
    • Vitamin A 0 %DV
    • Vitamin C 0 %DV
    • Vitamin D n/a
    • Calcium 0 %DV
    • Iron 6 %DV
    • Potassium n/a
    • n/a indicates that data is not available

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