The Gratitude Project: Cherry Almond Chocolate Clusters

I’ve been playing around with sweet treats as an offering for my friend’s upcoming performance this weekend, The Gratitude Project. Lost somewhere in a bowl of melted dark chocolate, I found gratitude for simple pleasures: chocolate, nuts, dried fruit (and a little cherry brandy).

Cherry Almond Chocolate Clusters

Makes about 24

8 ounces dark chocolate, cut into pieces

½ teaspoon cherry brandy or almond extract

¾ cup sliced almonds, toasted

¾ cup dried cherries

  1. Melt chocolate over a double boiler, stirring frequently until it is smooth and glossy. Remove from heat.
  2. Stir in the brandy, almonds, and cherries, saving a handful of almonds for garnishing.
  3. Drop heaping teaspoons of the mixture onto a parchment lined baking sheet or into mini paper cups, and top immediately with a few sliced almonds.
  4. Cool in the refrigerator until set, about 15 minutes.
  5. Store in an airtight container in a cool dark place.

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