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Brandied Cherry Balls Recipe

Brandied Cherry Balls Recipe

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 YIELD: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

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.

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.