Maraschino Cherry Recipes: Cherry Almond Brunch Bread

Last Updated on July 15, 2022 by Ellen Christian

If you’re looking for maraschino cherry recipes, you have got to try this cherry almond brunch bread! Make a loaf today. 

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It’s a simple, festive holiday bread that your friends will love. And, best of all, you make it in your breadmaker. You may want to try these Cherry Garcia cookies next.

Maraschino Cherry Recipes: Cherry Almond Brunch Bread

Maraschino Cherry Recipes

One of the reasons that maraschino cherries are so popular during the holidays is their bright red color. After all, red and green are Christmas colors. Did you know that there are also green maraschino cherries?

Every year, my mother makes cookies with maraschino cherries on top during the holidays. And, it never fails that there are leftover cherries and cherry juice after they’re made. So, what can I do with leftover maraschino cherry juice? You can use it in this cherry almond brunch bread. Of course, there are lots of recipes with maraschino cherry juice as an ingredient.

  • Check out the maraschino cherry bars recipe here.
  • Or, if you want maraschino cherry cookie recipes, try this one.
  • You can make maraschino cherry cake with this recipe.

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How are maraschino cherries made?

OK, so the maraschino cherries you buy in the store are not very healthy. They are soaked in brine to remove the color and flavoring. Then, they are dyed red with RD40 food dye and sweetened with high fructose corn syrup. Thankfully, you can make your own without any of these things. Find out how here. Or, you can buy them made with natural ingredients. Shop right here.

Can I make this without a bread machine?

This maraschino cherry recipe is made in a bread machine. But, if you don’t have one, you can still make it! It’s relatively easy to convert a bread machine recipe to an oven recipe. You can find out exactly what you need to do right here. Of course, there are lots of delicious recipes to make in a bread machine. So you might want to get one if you plan on making homemade bread more frequently. I love the way the kitchen smells when bread is baking.

Why not serve this as part of your Mothers Day brunch buffet?

a jar mix near pine boughs

Other Christmas recipes for gifting

This bread recipe makes a wonderful gift idea for the holidays because it looks so festive. If you want a few more Christmas recipes for gifting, why not try my peanut butter fudge recipe or these peppermint brownies in a jar. If you want a gift that isn’t sweet, try my savory spiced pecans recipe.

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More cherry recipes

If you love cherries as much as I do, why not try this black cherry smoothie recipe. Or, you can make a cherry sauce for ice cream. We love the way this tastes on French vanilla ice cream in the summer. If you want a healthy cherry recipe, try this Paleo cherry crumble recipe.

Is there almond extract in maraschino cherries?

Yes, there is almond extract in traditional maraschino cherries. The syrup that they are traditionally soaked in contains the oil of bitter almonds. So, if you have a nut allergy, maraschino cherries are definitely not something that you should be eating. Or, you can look for one that does not contain almonds in any way.

Can you freeze this recipe?

Yes, you can definitely freeze this recipe. I would freeze it before you add the icing, cherries, and slivered almonds to the top. Then, when you defrost it, you can ice it and decorate it. Or, you can freeze it by the slice and just take out one or two at a time to enjoy. This is a great way to avoid overeating. It is tempting to just eat the entire loaf when you make it.

a festive loaf of holiday bread on a cutting board

Can I make this with gluten-free flour?

I have never tried this recipe with gluten-free flour before. But, if you use an all-purpose gluten-free flour that is a one to one substitution, it should work fine. We have great luck using the King Arthur Flour Measure for Measure Gluten-Free Flour. You can buy it here. Since my daughter is gluten-intolerant, we try to make several holiday recipes that she can enjoy.

So, check out this easy cherry almond brunch bread recipe below. I hope you have a chance to try a few maraschino cherry recipes during the holidays. This is definitely one of my favorites. If you love making bread, you might want to try this tart lemon bread recipe.

how to make this bread recipe

Yield: 10

Maraschino Cherry Recipes: Cherry Almond Brunch Bread

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You are going to love this cherry almond brunch bread. It's one of my favorite maraschino cherry recipes.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes


Bread Ingredients List:

  • 3 cups bread flour
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 1 tsp yeast
  • 4 tsp butter
  • ½ cup maraschino cherries
  • ¼ cup maraschino cherry juice
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp almond extract
  • ¼ cup slivered or chopped almonds
  • ¾ Tbsp sugar

Icing Ingredients List:

  • 2 cups confectioners sugar
  • 3-4 Tbsp maraschino cherry juice
  • ¼ cup maraschino cherries for garnish
  • ½ cup slivered almonds for garnish


  1. Combine cherries and milk in a bowl.
  2. Combine almonds with flour in a bowl.
  3. Add milk, cherry juice, butter, and almond extract to bread machine insert.
  4. Add salt to flour mixture and pour it on top of the milk mixture.
  5. Create a small well in the center of the flour and add sugar and yeast.
  6. Set bread maker to 1 ½ loaf setting.
  7. Prepare icing and set aside while loaf cools. Decorate with icing, slivered almonds, and maraschino cherries.


Look for maraschino cherries made with natural ingredients to make this a healthier option.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 382Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 6mgSodium: 243mgCarbohydrates: 74gFiber: 3gSugar: 40gProtein: 8g

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