Dark-chocolate cherry cordials

Prep 20 min
Total 1 hour 35 min
Makes 24

These tempting truffles add an eye-catching flourish to the dessert table, and with their sweet cherry centre, they’ll disappear in no time.



2 cups
chopped dark chocolate, about 2 170-g pkgs
1/2 cup
unsalted butter
4 tsp
orange liqueur, such as Grand Marnier
maraschino cherries, stems removed
1/4 cup


  • COMBINE yeast with warm water in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook. Let stand until frothy, 10 min. Beat in warm milk, 1/4 cup melted butter and yolks until combined. Add flour, granulated sugar and salt. Beat on medium, until dough is smooth and pulls cleanly away from the bottom and sides of bowl, 4 to 6 min. Transfer to a lightly oiled bowl and cover loosely with a damp kitchen towel. Let rest until dough is doubled in size, about 1 hour.
  • PREHEAT oven to 325F. Stir 1/2 cup butter with brown sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl.
  • ROLL prepared dough on a lightly floured surface into an 18 x 12-in. rectangle. Spread butter mixture evenly over dough to the edges. With the long edge facing you, tightly roll up dough in jelly roll fashion. Cut crosswise into 12 portions. Arrange each roll, cut-side down, in a lightly greased 9 x 13-in. baking dish. Cover with a damp towel and let rise until doubled, 1 hour.
  • BAKE until golden, about 30 min. Let stand for 10 min. Whisk 1 cup icing sugar with 4 tsp milk in a small bowl. Drizzle over warm buns.


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Calories 131
Protein 1 g
Carbohydrates 9 g
Fat 10 g
Fibre 2 g
Sodium 4 mg

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Issue: December 2014

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Photo credit: Dark chocolate cherry cordials. (Photo, Erik Putz.)

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