Dec 15, 2010

How to Make Candied Cherries

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Hey guys! So I’m throwing this out there in case anyone ends up in my position during the fury of holiday baking season. And by “my position” I mean feeling the desperate pull to make one of those glorious holiday recipes that call for kitschy little candied cherries, but it’s the only dang ingredient you don’t have, and you’d rather sew your head to the carpet than get back into the car and head out to the store with all those holiday crazies one more time. I give you How to Make Candied Cherries.

Now, to be fair, this tip will only save you if you already have a jar of maraschino cherries rolling around in your fridge. But since maraschino cherries can outlive all of us, even Cher, perhaps you have some left over from a hankering for ice cream sundaes, Shirley Temples, or a love affair with Manhattans (ooh, call me sometime). But hey, even if you don’t have a jar, maybe you’ll pick one up, because really, what’s better than getting two uses from one crazy, hypercolored food product? Also, not to sound like Andy Rooney or anything, but have you noticed how expensive a thing of ready-made candied cherries is these days?! And half of it will probably just go to waste!

Now where’s my cane and crossword puzzle?

Candied Cherries

This is a full recipe that will yield about 8-9 ounces of candied cherries. It’s easily scaled up or down, even if you just need a tiny amount for a recipe.

Makes about 1 cup (8 to 9 ounces)

1 16-ounce jar maraschino cherries
3/4 cup sugar

Drain the cherries, reserving 1/4 cup of the juice. Combine the reserved juice and sugar in a small saucepan and place over medium heat, stirring until the sugar is mostly dissolved. Add the cherries, and stir well. Bring the mixture to a boil, then cover the pan and reduce the heat to low. Simmer for 45 minutes-1 hour, until the cherries are slightly shriveled and firm to the touch. Remove from the heat, uncover the pan, and let cool completely.

When the cherries have cooled, remove them to paper toweling (leaving the syrup behind, your recipe doesn’t call for it) and pat dry. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to six months.

  • Thanks so much for the recipe…You are so right!!! i was debating about buying them at the market…Now i don't have to… i can make them at home cause i have a jar of cherries…Happy holidays…love your blog!!!…e*

  • etolie–Yes! I knew I couldn't be the only one. Happy Holidays!

  • We live in Boquete, Panama and it is impossible to find everything for Christmas fruit cake and balls. Candied cherries we cannot find anywhere nor candied pineapple, but I did find a recipe for candied pineapple from fresh pineapple which are plentiful here. Thanks for the cherries recipe. You saved my Christmas.

    • Oh, my. High praise of the first order! Thank you. And you are so very welcome. xo

  • I can’t believe I actually found exactly what I was looking for!!!! Now I just have to try it out!

  • I love you I love you I love you…… for this recipe. I always shy away from the candied cherries because I do not like the red dyes and perservatives but now that supermarkets carry maraschino cherries without colorings or additives I knew I had to try this recipe. And I want to thank you so much because I made a double batch and they are perfect now for my cookies and fruitcakes…… thank you and happy happy holidays!!!!!

  • Thank you Shauna, for putting this recipe on the Internet. So helpful, especially since I could not even find candied cherries in our local supermarket. As soon as I finish typing this, I’m going in to candy my jar of cherries for the cookie recipe I’m using! Thanks, again. 🙂 JJ

  • Oh, and Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours! JJ

  • Thanks so much for the recipe 🙂 Please tell me how much is 1 16-ounce maraschino cherries in grams?

  • Thanks so much for the recipe 🙂 Please tell me how much is 1 16-ounce maraschino cherries in grams?

  • Thank you so much! It’s impossible to find candied cherries at anytime but Christmas, and I needed some for a fudge recipe! Thank you again!

  • This is wonderful, I keep Maraschino cherries in the fridge and was debating omiting the cherries in my candy recipe because of the cost.

  • Thank you for the candied cherry recipe. You are a life saver! I couldn’t even find candied cherries to buy even if I wanted to spend the money. Now I can proceed with my fruitcake.
    I am wondering if this would work with pineapple too.

  • Thank you! Thank you! Our small town grocery stores don’t carry candied fruit anymore at Christmas time. “People just don’t bake like they used to.” So they want the goodies at our local farmers market. But the nearest large grocery that “might” have candied fruit is 25 miles away. I don’t make that trip real often. I can still try to meet my customers’ requests.

  • I had to post this on Pinterest because I think so many of us have had your same experience! NO MORE TRIPS TO THE STORE!!! CANT I JUST STAY HOME AND BAKE!! Thanks for the insight. I am making these as post! I will post again once I have made them. You are awesome.

  • Thanks so much for this! I just found a jar rolling around in my fridge today. My son has a severe peanut allergy and I was having trouble finding readymade candied cherries for holiday baking that I was sure was peanut free. Now I am currently simmering my own patch. Hp Hop Hooray!

  • Thank you so much for this great tip. My son is allergic to artificial coloring and preservatives, so this recipe is perfect for my festive bread. Thank you again!

  • life saver !!! thank you

  • Its the end of February and I wanted to make fruit cookies, from the food network. They are seasonal in the stores. I happened to find some in the fridge in the garage. Thank you I will make up some cherries soon.

  • SO GLAD I found your site – cannot wait to try these (yes, to buy they are HUGELY expensive!) –but, do you have any idea if this can be done with CANNED PINEAPPLE TIDBITS??

    I would dearly love to know, as candied fruit of any kind is beyond my budget — many thanks!

    • I priced candied cherries 8.99 at winn dixie! You can bet I will make my own

      • Yeah!

    • Now you’ve really got me thinking! It might be worth a shot, I’m thinking starting with the tidbits that come in heavy syrup might make the most sense? If you try it, please report back!

  • […] I decided to make a fruitcake pie. Kevin was more than slightly skeptical. He watched, aghast, as I candied cherries and I candied pineapple. He grimaced as I mixed the candied fruits with sliced dates and pecans and […]

  • These are awesome. I use them to make cherry chocolate chip cookies. Thank you!!!!

  • Wow I always wondered if I could make these from a regular jar of cherries which I always seem to have around. Those little containers of candied cherries they seem to only sell around the holidays are expensive too ! I have one particular cookie that I do every year that calls for chopped up candied cherries and this will solve the problem. I’ll use up that jar of cherries and not have to put out bucks for a container that I’ll only use half of… thanks for the recipe it came out great.

  • Thank you so much for this – I searched 3 grocery stores and couldn’t find candied cherries anywhere. I googled how to make candied cherries in store #3. Now I can make out favorite Christmas cookies. Hooray!

  • Many thanks! The recipe worked beautifully and the cookies were delicious.

  • I’m so excited to find this awesome idea! I thought perhaps it could be done but I’m not very creative. I’ll be trying this soon!

  • I have a Christmas Cake recipe that calls for 16 oz of candied cherries. Do I need to double your recipe and use all of it for this recipe? I usually buy the 1 lb. container, and use all of it. Thank you for posting how to candy them!

    • Yes, I would double the recipe! A 16-ounce container usually contains about 2 cups candied cherries.

  • […] got the how-to recipe on candied cherries from Shauna Sever’s blog, Piece of Cake. Super simple, inexpensive and the cherries came out perfect for the cake! The other ingredients […]

  • Thanks so much. I stopped buying the commercial candied cherries when they changed the recipe to high fructose corn syrup. It leaves a heavy metallic taste in my mouth….not good. I have maraschino cherries simmering on the stove now….just thought to check to see if someone had posted a recipe, rather than my hit-and-miss attempt. Many thank! I am also going to try and candy some canned pineapple.

  • Can I use fresh cherries?

  • TY so much! I could not find candied cherries in my local grocery store …came home disappointed and on a whim decided to search the internet. You would not believe my surprise when I found this! I bought some maraschino cherries thinking I would have to make a go of using them. I now have them simmering on the stove top to make my own!! TY again! :))

  • Did anyone try the pineapples I have went to 6 stores and can’t find them Iade the cherries and it was amazing never will I pay $8-9 again

  • Thanks SO much! The candied cherries from the supermarket taste so nasty and ruined a perfectly delicious recipe. I’m going to try these and I’m sure the cookies will be amazing now. 🙂

    • Yay!!

  • Great! Thanks for this, I am going to make my own glacĂ© cherries now. I can’t find any in our supermarkets, apparently they have been deleted from their supplier list. If this works out well, I will share this in my cooking section with a link to your site.

  • […] cherries don’t have to be full of corn syrup and crap. Here’s a recipe for homemade glazed cherries from Shauna Sever that I am definitely using this holiday season, though I might add a splash of […]

  • Thanks so much! Who knew it would be so hard to find candied cherries! I’m making them as I type.

    • Yeah!

  • I have always thought candy making to be extremely dependent upon the terminal temperature reached by the syrup. Any idea what it should be for this recipe?

    • You actually don’t need to worry about temperature in this recipe–it’s really more about reducing the syrup and dehydrating the cherries at the same time.

  • Would this recipe work with Trader Joe’s Dark Morello Cherries instead of maraschino? They are just jarred cherries in a sugar syrup. Thanks!

    • Hi Adi! Haven’t tried it myself, but it absolutely could work! I believe the TJs ones are in a cane sugar syrup instead of corn syrup. If you try it, please report back!

  • […] This recipe makes candied cherries from maraschino cherries. I used it as a guide for candying my jarred […]

  • I am making these right now. I’ll put them in Mary Berry’s Cherry Cake. I’ll let you know how it goes! Thanks!!!

  • I made the cake. It’s lovely (I think). I wish I could upload a photo. Thanks again!

  • Genius, absolute genius. I make a chocolate confection every June for a special occasion and it has been almost impossible to find the candied cherries that it requires. And when I have, they are artificially colored, dyed and frankly disgusting. This recipe worked like a charm – many, many thanks! I will be using it again often!

  • You saved me. Thanks. I saw that jar of cherries sitting on the shelf and just thought there had to be a way. There was. Now I’m happy.

  • Thank you so much! It’s impossible to find candied fruits in Miami, and we dearly love my mom’s old, old Stollen recipe, so this will make it much easier. I tried candying fresh cherries, and they are delicious and amazing, but they will break and smear when I try to knead them into the dough. We’ll put them to good use, though! This will work for us and be so much easier than all that pitting!

  • Thank you, thank you THANK YOU!!! During my fourth unsuccessful trip to yet another supermarket, I asked Cortana (go, Windows phone!) if a good substitute exists for red glacĂ© cherries to be used in a cake (could only find green in the markets, which would not have looked right in my cherry loaf cake). Happily, Cortana’s search turned up this recipe. I hightailed it over to frozen foods, located the ice cream toppings at the end of an aisle, snatched up a jar of maraschino cherries and then headed over to the express checkout (the cashier must have thought that I was a bit loony tunes, as I was powerless to rid myself of a big, goofy grin). I got started on the recipe almost as soon as I got home, and it worked an absolute treat! I was, needless to say, relieved – I’d begun to worry that I’d have to candy some cherries myself (and to wonder where I would find remotely affordable cherries in Massachusetts in December).
    As I said at the start: thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!!! Happy holidays!

  • thank you so much for the awesome recipe! i needed some candied cherries for my cherry cake and couldn’t find any anywhere. now i have a solution, and they taste so much better than ones you can buy in a store! thanks again!

  • Thanks so much for this recipe! I’m making Amaretti cookies for the first time tomorrow, and will also be making coconut macaroons soon. Need glaceed cherries for both. I hate to throw out that cherry syrup though. Have you found any uses for it?

  • THANK YOU! And Merry Christmas/Happy Hanukkah/Life … I’ve looked all over for candied cherries which I use EVERY YEAR in a family stolen recipe. In December 2017 … they are no where to be found. My grandmother and mother can relax in Heaven because I now have your recipe (too easy). : )

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