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Chocolate Cherry Candies

I make these only at Christmastime for family and a few close friends; my family really looks forward to this special treat! —Melody Daugherty, Long Beach, California
  • Total Time
    Prep: 40 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    about 4-1/2 dozen

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 cup finely chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup flaked coconut
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped maraschino cherries
  • 1 tablespoon maraschino cherry juice
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons shortening

Directions

  • Beat peanut butter, butter and confectioners' sugar until crumbly. Stir in walnuts, coconut, cherries and cherry juice. Refrigerate, covered, at least 1 hour. Shape rounded teaspoonfuls of filling into balls. Freeze 10 minutes.
  • In a microwave or heavy saucepan, melt chocolate chips and shortening; stir until smooth. Dip balls in chocolate, allowing excess to drip off; place on waxed paper. Refrigerate until chocolate is firm.
    Freeze option: Freeze candy in freezer containers, separating layers with waxed paper. To use, serve frozen or thaw in refrigerator before serving.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 93 calories, 6g fat (2g saturated fat), 2mg cholesterol, 26mg sodium, 10g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein.

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