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Brandied Cherry Balls

These special candies look impressive but are actually quite easy to prepare. The brandy really complements the cherries and chocolate.—homebody2, TOH Online Community
  • Total Time
    Prep: 45 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    about 3-1/2 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup dried cherries, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup cherry brandy
  • 3 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 tablespoon butter, softened
  • 3-3/4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 6 ounces dark chocolate candy coating, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon shortening
  • DRIZZLE:
  • White candy coating, chopped
  • Pink paste food coloring

Directions

  • Place cherries in a small bowl. Cover with brandy; refrigerate overnight.
  • In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and butter until smooth. Add confectioners' sugar; beat until crumbly. Drain cherries, reserving 2 teaspoons brandy. Add cherries and reserved brandy to cream cheese mixture.
  • Roll into 1-1/2-in. balls. Place balls on a waxed paper-lined baking sheet. Cover loosely and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  • In a microwave, melt dark chocolate candy coating and shortening; stir until smooth. Dip balls in chocolate; allow excess to drip off. Return to the baking sheet.
  • For drizzle, melt a small amount of white candy coating in a microwave; stir in food coloring until smooth. Drizzle over candies. Chill until set.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 86 calories, 3g fat (2g saturated fat), 3mg cholesterol, 8mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (14g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch.
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  • PenelopeWin
    Dec 26, 2014

    These candies were a delicious adult treat. The filling was hard to work with. I put drops on a cookie sheet refrigerated them for the hour and then before I dipped them in chocolate I rolled the drops into balls. After they were dipped I sprinkled with non pareils. They were a hit. Pretty easy to make as well. You can definitely taste the brandy so if you don't like liquor candy you wont like these. Might also .be good with dried orange or apricot and orange liquor

  • paul3303
    Dec 21, 2013

    I loved the flavor but the filling was had to work with I added more powdered sugar and refrigerated the filling for 1 hour before making them into balls. Then I froze the balls and some of them still started melting in the chocolate. Maybe I didn't drain the cherries well enough.

  • mrsspeedfreak
    Oct 28, 2013

    CAN THESE BE REFRIGERATED FOR A MONTH ?????? I WOULD LOVE TO MAKE AHEAD OF TIME AN JUST PULL OUT THE DAY OF AN SERVE THEM.

  • deanna77
    Dec 31, 2011

    I will try this again but the alcohol flavor was extremely strong and they were far too gooey

  • emcreel1
    Dec 23, 2011

    I can never make enough of these for holiday parties!

  • emcreel1
    Apr 5, 2011

    These are absolutely awesome, but be prepared for the strong brandy taste!

  • julyprincesspatricia
    Dec 1, 2010

    Instead of tossing drained brandy, why not just drink it? This recipe says I must make it for gifts - if there be any left to give :)