Amaretto-Soaked White Chocolate Dipped Cherries

amaretto cherries

40 fresh cherries
750 mL bottle of amaretto (about 3 cups)
12 ounces white chocolate chips
Vegetable oil

With a knife, make small ¼-inch cuts into the bottom of each cherry. Place the cherries into mason jars, filling each jar about ¾ of the way full.
*(If you are making these for a party and you don’t want to bother your guest with cherry pits, try using needle nose pliers to carefully pull out each pit where you cut your X).

Fill each jar with amaretto to just cover the cherries. Close each jar securely, and shake gently for 10 seconds before placing into the refrigerator. Let cherries soak overnight, or up to 48 hours.

Strain the cherry mixture (you can reserve the slightly cherry-flavored amaretto for cocktails) into a colander. Pat down each cherry with a paper towel or cloth until each one is dry.

Melt white chocolate chips in the microwave, adding vegetable oil as needed. Stir well to create a chocolate coating.

Dip each cherry into the white chocolate coating. Let excess chocolate drip off before placing the cherries on to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or silpat mats.

Refrigerate for at least 15 minutes before serving. Keeps best in the fridge for up to 1 day.

Adapted Recipe and Pictures from Formal Fringe.

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