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 chocolate with butter and liqueur in a medium microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high, stirring halfway through, 1 to 2 min. Stir until completely melted and smooth. Refrigerate until chocolate is slightly firm, about 1 hour.
  • LINE a baking sheet with foil.
  • PAT cherries dry with paper towels. Scoop 1 scant tbsp chocolate mixture into the palm of your hand. Flatten chocolate, then place a cherry in the centre. Wrap cherry with chocolate, then roll into a ball. Place on prepared sheet. Repeat with remaining chocolate and cherries. Refrigerate until firm, about 15 min. Toss cordials with cocoa powder in a bowl until well coated. Refrigerate, covered, until ready to serve, up to 1 week.
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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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