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Marshmallow Chocolate-Covered Cherries

 Marshmallow Chocolate-Covered Cherries
Each year, I have to plan on producing even more of these simple-to-make candies— they're the ones my husband likes best, and they're the first to disappear.
54 ServingsPrep: 25 min. + chilling

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups marshmallow creme
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Almond Extract
  • 4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 jar (16 ounces) maraschino cherries, well drained
  • 2 cups (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons shortening

Directions

  • In a bowl, cream butter. Add marshmallow creme, salt, extract and
  • sugar; mix well. Knead into a large ball; chill for 1 hour. Roll
  • into 1-in. balls and flatten into 2-in. circles. Wrap circles around
  • cherries and carefully shape into balls. Place on a waxed
  • paper-lined baking sheet. Cover loosely; refrigerate for 4 hours or
  • overnight. Melt chocolate chips and shortening in a double boiler or
  • microwave-safe bowl. Dip cherries in chocolate; place on waxed paper
  • to harden. Refrigerate in a covered container 1-2 weeks before
  • serving. Yield: about 4-1/2 dozen.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 each) equals 106 calories, 4 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 5 mg cholesterol, 24 mg sodium, 19 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, trace protein.