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Chocolate Cherries

 Chocolate Cherries
For these cute candies, maraschino cherries are dressed in a chocolate coating. Kids will have fun helping make the sweets, but they will have to wait a week or two for the filling to set before enjoying the fruits of their labors. -Janice Pehrson, Omaha, Nebraska
60 ServingsPrep: 30 min. + chilling

Ingredients

  • 60 maraschino cherries with stems
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 3 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons shortening

Directions

  • Pat cherries dry with paper towels; set aside. In a small bowl,
  • combine the sugar, butter, corn syrup and salt; mix well. Knead
  • until smooth. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  • Roll into 1/2-in. balls; flatten each into a 2-in. circle. Wrap each
  • circle around a cherry and lightly roll in hands. Place cherries
  • with stems up on waxed paper-lined baking sheets. Cover loosely and
  • refrigerate for 1 hour.
  • In a microwave or heavy saucepan, melt chocolate chips and
  • shortening; stir until smooth. Holding onto the stem, dip each
  • cherry into chocolate; allow excess to drip off. Place on waxed
  • paper; let stand until set. Refrigerate until hardened. Store in a
  • covered container. Refrigerate for 1-2 weeks before serving.
  • Yield: 5 dozen.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 each) equals 64 calories,

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Nutritional Facts: 3 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 2 mg cholesterol, 18 mg sodium, 11 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, trace protein.