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Homemade Maraschino Cherries

Making homemade Maraschino cherries is easy, but for best results, be sure to seek out Luxardo cherry liqueur. There are imitators, but stick with the experts. Briefly marinating overnight is technically all these cherries need to be ready for use, but their flavor really benefits from sitting 3–5 days.


50 Cherries (4 cups)

Total Time

15 minutes + chilling

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Although their flavor gets better with age, the color of Homemade Maraschino Cherries dulls over time. For vibrant cookies, use 1–2 day-old Maraschino Cherries.


Whisk together sugar, Luxardo liqueur, cherry juice, vanilla bean and scraped seeds, and salt in a saucepan over medium-high heat; bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer 3 minutes.

Off heat, whisk in amaretto and lemon juice.

Place cherries in a glass jar, pour hot liquid over cherries, and cool to room temperature; secure lid and chill. For the best flavor, marinate cherries in the refrigerator 3–5 days. Cherries will keep in the refrigerator up to 6 months.

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