These luscious and sumptuous Chocolate Cherry Cups made of dark chocolate, marzipan, and glace cherries are delicious Christmas treats and beautiful edible gifts.
Being a food blogger, I have always loved the Christmas season.
First of all, it’s one of the most delicious seasons you can imagine. Cinnamon, ginger, oranges, candy cane, and eggnog are pretty common flavors in many homes. Oh, how could I forget lavender, eh?
Secondly, you can make a lot of cookies, and you won’t be judged. I know some people bake Christmas cookies almost every day in December. What could I say? Wow. That’s a bit too much for me, though.
Next, you can post 5 recipes for cookies and other treats in a row on your blogs, and no one would judge you. Because, it’s Christmas. People will be thankful for all those 38 cookie recipes. Believe me, they need them.
Finally, Christmas time is that season when you can take some lovely pictures. Your Christmas tree, ornaments, lights, gift wraps could be the best Christmas backgrounds. You can try to catch Santa and ask him to pose with some Christmas cookies (Santa, cookies and milk would be the perfect scene).
However, this year compared to the previous years I’ve been rather moderate, and indeed, I’m happy about that. Besides, I said I’ve been moderate in cooking. There are still a lot of Christmas treats you can buy. I might or might have not done that a few times.
Even though I’ve been making something delicious every weekend, I have managed to shoot just some of those things. For instance, I don’t have any decent pictures for that delicious chocolate bark with cranberries, pistachios, candied ginger, and citrus peels. I don’t have chocolate biscotti with lavender and white chocolate. Also, I wasn’t able to shoot that delicious chocolate cranberry Roulade because we were decorating our gingerbread houses (Yes, we made them!), and by the time we finished, the natural light had gone. I wasn’t able to photograph those cookies I made for our potluck at work either. When I finish them, it was around 1 a.m., and when I needed to leave home, it was about 7.30 a.m. – absolutely dark period of time.
But I’m glad I can share with these delicious Chocolate Cherry Cups. They are so simple to make, but they look so festive. And all you need are just 3 ingredients – dark chocolate, marzipan, and cherries. Sounds great, eh?
As you may know, that was another Andrew’s pick. If you have missed this point, I’ll explain. This year I suggested Andrey choose some desserts which I might cook this December. So far, all recent Christmas recipes you’ve seen here were his picks.
I had a funny story with the marzipan. I couldn’t find any pure marzipan while making grocery and grabbed the ones covered in chocolate. I decided I would just cut off the chocolate (or eat it haha). However, on the day I was making these Chocolate Cherry Cups, I found out it wasn’t a simple task – with that chocolate I shredded a good portion of the marzipan.
That moment I decided to make my own from scratch. Where was that smart Ben’s version on the day of groceries? I had never made marzipan, but it turned out to be a very simple thing. You just need almond flour, powdered sugar, egg white, almond extract, and rose water. Besides, I substituted some powdered sugar with the extra almond flour and the marzipan turned not so sweet. But sure you can use bought marzipan.
We loved these decadent Chocolate Cherry Cups. With coffee, aromatic holiday tea, or just milk, they’re divine. And as I said, they could be a great gift too! I’m not sure Santa would appreciate them, but I’ve heard raindeers love marzipan and cherries:)
- 300 gr dark (at least 70%) chocolate
- 150 gr semisweet chocolate
- 200 gr marzipan
- 1/2 cup glace cherries
- about 20 cherries, halved, to garnish
- In a bowl over saucepan of hot water melt the half of the chocolate until smooth. Pour about 1 teaspoon (or depending the size) in candy cups. Refrigerate until firm, about 30 minutes.
- In a food processor, pulse the marzipan with the 1/2 cup cherries until smooth paste texture. Take about 1 teaspoon of this paste and roll into balls. Gently press them into the cups and slightly flatten (leave some space at edges).
- Melt the remaining chocolate and pour over the marzipan. Top each with a piece of cherry and refrigerate until firm.Keep in the refrigerator up to a week.