How to Make Easy, Flavorful Candied Cherries

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Candied cherries have real flavor when made this quick and easy way.

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Every year I make candied cherries for fruitcake season. The process is usually long (see this older post). The cherries are candied, and they don’t have that fake neon color that you see in store-bought candied cherries, but they still have absolutely no flavor.

So I decided to experiment a bit and came up with this much quicker process that results in a tasty candied cherry – a little bit sweet, a little bit syrupy, with a real cherry flavor.

Now I am not sure if they will stay “good” until fruitcake season. They aren’t as full of sugar as the longer process. But, I see no reason why this quicker method won’t work using frozen cherries too. So if I need to make more at a later date, I should be able to, even though the cherry season will be long over.

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How to Make Easy, Flavorful Candied Cherries
Candied cherries have real flavor when made by this easy method.
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Cuisine: American
Recipe type: Dessert
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Ingredients
  • 3 cups pitted, halved sweet cherries
  • 1½ cups sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • additional sugar as needed
Instructions
  1. Combine 1½ cups of sugar and the 1 cup of water in the saucepan.
  2. Bring to a simmer and cook for 8 minutes, or until it reaches the soft thread stage (232 degrees).
  3. Add the cherries and continue simmering gently, stirring just enough to cover the pieces with syrup.
  4. Cook for 50 - 60 minutes. Don't stir while cooking.
  5. Drain and cool slightly. Roll cherries in additional sugar.
  6. Let dry overnight. Store in an airtight container.
  7. Note: Save leftover syrup for another batch of cherries or add to iced tea or sparkling water.

Candied cherries can be used in fruitcake, in salads, to decorate tarts or fancy cakes, or eaten as snacks.

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Renee Pottle, an author and Home Economist, is fanatic about growing and preserving food for her family. She blogs at SeedToPantry.com, MotherEarthNews.com and HestiasKitchen.com.

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  1. rose says:

    great recipe! if you can find sour cherries, they will make a much more flavorful candied cherry. you can also get away with using a little more sugar and not worry about whether they’ll keep or not.

    • admin says:

      Rose, I love sour cherries! But not very many people grow them in my area, and the season is only about 1 week. Sadly I missed it this year, maybe next year.
      Renee

  2. Adam says:

    Hi, thanks for the tip on such a quick and easy way of making candied cherries! I was looking for some way of stocking up for my homemade Christmas fruitcake 🙂 I was wondering, did they preserve well in the end? How did you store them (dry in a jar, frozen,…?)

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