How to Make Easy, Flavorful Candied Cherries
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Candied cherries have real flavor when made by this easy method.
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
  • 3 cups pitted, halved sweet cherries
  • 1½ cups sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • additional sugar as needed
  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.
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