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Brandied Cherry Balls Recipe
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Brandied Cherry Balls Recipe

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These special candies look impressive but are actually quite easy to prepare. The brandy really complements the cherries and chocolate.—homebody2, TOH Online Community
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min. + chilling
MAKES:42 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 45 min. + chilling
MAKES: 42 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup dried cherries, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup cherry brandy
  • 1 package (3 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 tablespoon butter, softened
  • 3-3/4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 6 ounces dark chocolate candy coating, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon shortening
  • DRIZZLE:
  • White candy coating, chopped
  • Pink paste food coloring

Nutritional Facts

1 candy equals 86 calories, 3 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 3 mg cholesterol, 8 mg sodium, 15 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, trace protein. Diabetic Exchange: 1 starch.

Directions

  1. Place cherries in a small bowl. Cover with brandy; refrigerate overnight.
  2. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and butter until smooth. Add confectioners' sugar; beat until crumbly. Drain cherries, reserving 2 teaspoons brandy. Add cherries and reserved brandy to cream cheese mixture.
  3. Roll into 1-1/2-in. balls. Place balls on a waxed paper-lined baking sheet. Cover loosely and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  4. In a microwave, melt dark chocolate candy coating and shortening; stir until smooth. Dip balls in chocolate; allow excess to drip off. Return to the baking sheet.
  5. For drizzle, melt a small amount of white candy coating in a microwave; stir in food coloring until smooth. Drizzle over candies. Chill until set. Yield: about 3-1/2 dozen.
Originally published as Brandied Cherry Balls in Taste of Home Christmas Annual Annual 2009, p114

Nutritional Facts

1 candy equals 86 calories, 3 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 3 mg cholesterol, 8 mg sodium, 15 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, trace protein. Diabetic Exchange: 1 starch.

Reviews for Brandied Cherry Balls

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Reviewed Dec. 21, 2013

I loved the flavor but the filling was had to work with I added more powdered sugar and refrigerated the filling for 1 hour before making them into balls. Then I froze the balls and some of them still started melting in the chocolate. Maybe I didn't drain the cherries well enough.

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Reviewed Oct. 28, 2013

CAN THESE BE REFRIGERATED FOR A MONTH ?????? I WOULD LOVE TO MAKE AHEAD OF TIME AN JUST PULL OUT THE DAY OF AN SERVE THEM.

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Reviewed Dec. 31, 2011

I will try this again but the alcohol flavor was extremely strong and they were far too gooey

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Reviewed Dec. 23, 2011

I can never make enough of these for holiday parties!

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Reviewed Apr. 5, 2011

These are absolutely awesome, but be prepared for the strong brandy taste!

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