Chocolate Covered Cherries Recipe
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Chocolate Covered Cherries Recipe

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Not only is this my family's favorite festive dessert, but it makes a delicious holiday present, too. Best of all, you can prepare these ahead. The candy just gets better as it's stored, with the centers becoming even juicier. —Linda Hammerich, Bonanza, Oregon
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + chilling
MAKES:18 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + chilling
MAKES: 18 servings

Ingredients

  • 2-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Almond Extract
  • 2 jars (8 ounces each) maraschino cherries with stems , well drained
  • 2 cups (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons shortening

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (2 each) equals 206 calories, 10 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 7 mg cholesterol, 28 mg sodium, 33 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 1 g protein.

Directions

  1. In a small bowl, combine the sugar, butter, milk and extract. Knead until smooth and pliable. Shape into 1-in. balls and flatten each into a 2-in. circle.
  2. Wrap one circle around each cherry and lightly roll in hands. Place with stems up on waxed paper-lined baking sheet. Cover loosely and refrigerate 4 hours or overnight.
  3. In a microwave, melt chocolate and shortening; stir until smooth. Holding on to the stems, dip cherries into chocolate; allow excess to drip off. Place on waxed paper until set. Store in a covered container. Refrigerate 1-2 weeks before serving. Yield: 3 dozen.
Originally published as Chocolate Covered Cherries in Country Woman November/December 1995, p38

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (2 each) equals 206 calories, 10 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 7 mg cholesterol, 28 mg sodium, 33 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 1 g protein.

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Reviewed Jan. 28, 2014

"I love how easy these are to make! Easy and Delicious! I omitted the shortening, and the chocolate held fine. Thank you for the recipe!"

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Reviewed Dec. 12, 2013

"I made these and everyone loved them!"

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Reviewed Feb. 18, 2013

"Hi , I made these but with a twist , for an adult party I soaked the Maraschino cherries in brandy for 3 days & then drained them covered them & dipped in chocolate some milk ,some white & dark put cayenne peper on the dark for a kick wow were they tasty .... Sue ~ Indianola PA"

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Reviewed Feb. 4, 2013

"I made these twice, and both times, they were gone almost immediately (with requests for more!!!) MUCH better than the store-bought ones!"

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Reviewed Dec. 21, 2012

"I have made these yummy bites every Thanksgiving since they were first published in the Country Woman magazine years ago. My family literally yelled the one year I thought I'd change my traditional menu of Holiday Treats. I haven't made that mistake in 15 years."

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