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Brandied Cherry Balls

Total Time

Prep: 45 min. + chilling


about 3-1/2 dozen

These special candies look impressive but are actually quite easy to prepare. The brandy really complements the cherries and chocolate.—homebody2, TOH Online Community
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  • 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


  1. Place cherries in a small bowl. Cover with brandy; refrigerate overnight.
  2. 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.
  3. Roll into 1-1/2-in. balls. Place balls on a waxed paper-lined baking sheet. Cover loosely and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

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