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Chocolate Cherry Truffles

 Chocolate Cherry Truffles
My blue ribbon cherry truffles were the delicious result of a kitchen experiment involving a bottle of kirsch I'd received as a gift and some dried cherries I had on hand. It is an annual favorite of my friends and family. —Gerry Cofta, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
48 ServingsPrep: 1-1/2 hours + standing

Ingredients

  • 1 cup finely chopped dried cherries
  • 1/4 cup cherry brandy
  • 11 ounces 53% cacao dark baking chocolate, chopped
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon cherry extract
  • COATING:
  • 4 ounces milk chocolate, chopped
  • 4 ounces dark chocolate, chopped
  • Melted dark, milk and white chocolate and pearl dust

Directions

  • In a small bowl, combine cherries and brandy; cover and let soak for
  • 1 hour or until cherries are softened.
  • Place dark chocolate in a small bowl. In a small saucepan, bring
  • cream just to a boil. Pour over chocolate; whisk until smooth. Stir
  • in extract and soaked cherries with liquid. Cool to room
  • temperature, stirring occasionally. Refrigerate for 1 hour or until
  • firm.
  • Shape into 1-in. balls. Place on baking sheets; cover and refrigerate
  • for at least 1 hour.
  • In a microwave, melt milk chocolate; stir until smooth. Dip half of
  • the balls into milk chocolate, allowing excess to drip off. Place on
  • waxed paper; let stand until set.
  • Melt dark chocolate; stir until smooth. Dip remaining balls into dark

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Chocolate Cherry Truffles (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • chocolate, allowing excess to drip off. Place on waxed paper; let
  • stand until set. Drizzle with melted chocolate and decorate with
  • pearl dust as desired. Store in an airtight container in the
  • refrigerator. Yield: 4 dozen.