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Elegant Dipped Cherries

 Elegant Dipped Cherries
Here's a sure way to impress holiday guests. These sweet maraschino cherries are wrapped in unsweetened chocolate, then dipped in melted vanilla chips. A chocolate drizzle dresses them up for serving on a festive plate of sweets. -Sedora Brown Waynesboro, Virginia
18 ServingsPrep: 1-1/4 hours + freezing

Ingredients

  • 1 jar (10 ounces) maraschino cherries with stems, well drained
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 1 ounce unsweetened chocolate, melted
  • 2 teaspoons half-and-half cream
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 cup white baking chips
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons shortening, divided
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Directions

  • Pat cherries dry with paper towels and set aside. In a large bowl,
  • combine butter, corn syrup, unsweetened chocolate and cream. Stir in
  • confectioners' sugar.
  • Knead until smooth. Roll into 18 balls; flatten each into a 2-in.
  • circle. Wrap each circle around a cherry and lightly roll in hands.
  • Place cherries, stem side up, in a shallow waxed paper-lined
  • container. Cover and freeze at least 2 hours.
  • The day before serving, remove the cherries from freezer. In a
  • microwave, melt vanilla chips and 1-1/2 teaspoons shortening; stir
  • until smooth.
  • Holding onto the stem, dip each cherry into vanilla mixture, allowing
  • excess to drip off. Place on waxed paper; let stand until set.
  • Melt chocolate chips and remaining shortening; stir until smooth.

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Elegant Dipped Cherries (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • Drizzle over candies. Refrigerate until firm. Store candies in an
  • airtight container. Yield: 1-1/2 dozen.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 each) equals 182 calories, 8 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 7 mg cholesterol, 32 mg sodium, 30 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 1 g protein.