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Homemade Maraschino Cherries l SimplyScratch.com

Homemade Maraschino Cherries

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Who needs store-bought when you can make your own Homemade Maraschino Cherries? Sweet cherries are soaked in a homemade syrup and perfect on ice cream or as a garnish for your favorite cocktail!
Course homemade ingredient
Cuisine American
Keyword all natural, cherries, dessert, from scratch, fruit, homemade, maraschino, topping
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Additional Time 12 hrs
Total Time 5 mins
Servings 1 pint
Calories 1062
Author Laurie McNamara


  • 3 cups tart cherries frozen
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 lemon juiced
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


  • The night before, place the cherries into a mesh strainer set over a bowl and thaw and to collect any juices.
  • The morning of, combine the sugar and water in a saucepan. Heat on medium-low heat, stirring until the sugar has dissolved.
  • Remove off of the heat and squeeze in the juice of 1/2 a small lemon, 1 teaspoon vanilla and any juiced collected in the bottom of the bowl. Allow to cool completely.
  • Spoon the thawed cherries into a pint sized jar and pour the syrup over top, leaving 1-inch at the top.
  • Use a knife and work it around the edges to release any air bubbles. Cover with a tight fitting lid and refrigerated for 18 to 24 hours.


  • Save any remaining cherry syrup in a glass jar in the fridge for cocktails, lemonade or sweeten iced tea. Or you can use it make a double batch of cherries (leaving the liquids the same).
  • These should keep in an airtight container in your refrigerator for 6 weeks maybe longer.


Serving: 1jar | Calories: 1062kcal | Carbohydrates: 272g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 15mg | Potassium: 1004mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 255g | Vitamin A: 277IU | Vitamin C: 58mg | Calcium: 77mg | Iron: 2mg