Brandied Cherry Balls
Total TimePrep: 45 min. + chilling
Makesabout 3-1/2 dozen
- 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
- White candy coating, chopped
- Pink paste food coloring
- 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 Facts1 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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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
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.
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.
Dec 31, 2011
I will try this again but the alcohol flavor was extremely strong and they were far too gooey
Dec 23, 2011
I can never make enough of these for holiday parties!
Apr 5, 2011
These are absolutely awesome, but be prepared for the strong brandy taste!
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 :)