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Brandied Cherry Balls

 Brandied Cherry Balls
These special candies look impressive but are actually quite easy to prepare. The brandy really complements the cherries and chocolate.—homebody2, TOH Online Community
42 ServingsPrep: 45 min. + chilling

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

  • Place cherries in a small bowl. Cover with brandy; refrigerate
  • overnight.
  • 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.
  • Roll into 1-1/2-in. balls. Place balls on a waxed paper-lined baking
  • sheet. Cover loosely and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  • 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.
  • For drizzle, melt a small amount of white candy coating in a

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Brandied Cherry Balls (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • 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.