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homemade amarena cherries in a jar

Amarena Cherry Recipe

This recipe makes sweet, firm, and delicious cherries that are perfect for a cocktail garnish or a dessert. These cherries are very similar to the one's you find in jars at the store, but cost a lot less.
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 1 cup
Author: EmilyFabulous
Cost: $3



  • 1 15 ounce can sour cherries
  • ½ cup sugar


  • Add the entire can of cherries with the juice and the sugar to a small saucepan. Attach a candy thermometer if you have one. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally.
  • Reduce the heat and simmer with bubbles until the mixture becomes foamy. You want the temperature to get to 225° and you don't want the syrup to caramelize. The cherries start out a bright light red/orangy color but will slowly turn a dark red color and shrivel slightly. This is what you want! Whether you are using a thermometer or not, you are looking for a honey-like consistency and color change to know when the cherries are done. This took about 35 minutes for me.
  • Transfer the cherries and syrup into a sealable jar and allow them to cool before putting on the lid. You can refrigerate the cherries for up to a year (if they last that long!).


Any nutrition calculations are only estimates using online calculators. Please verify using your own data.