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Chocolate Lebkuchen Cherry Balls

Here's my twist on the traditional German holiday lebkuchen—with a surprise inside. Maraschino cherries add a sweet and unexpected punch to the holiday spice of gingersnaps. —Arlene Erlbach, Morton Grove, Illinois
  • Total Time
    Prep: 45 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    5 dozen

Ingredients

  • 40 gingersnap cookies
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips, divided
  • 1-1/4 cups sliced almonds, divided
  • 2 tablespoons chopped candied orange peel
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 60 maraschino cherries, stems removed

Directions

  • Place gingersnaps, cream cheese, 1/2 cup chocolate chips, 1/2 cup almonds, orange peel and extract in a food processor; process until combined. Refrigerate until firm enough to form into balls. Pat cherries dry with paper towels. Wrap each cherry with a rounded tablespoonful of cream cheese mixture; shape into a ball. Freeze until firm, about 20 minutes.
  • Chop remaining sliced almonds; set aside. In a double boiler, melt remaining chocolate chips; stir until smooth. Dip cherry balls in chocolate; allow excess to drip off. Sprinkle balls with almonds. Place on waxed paper. Refrigerate until set, about 1 hour.
Nutrition Facts
1 ball: 76 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 4mg cholesterol, 37mg sodium, 10g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein.

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  • suefalk
    Feb 24, 2020

    Delicious little gems. I thought of this more as a no-bake truffle than a cookie. Easy to make, and a great addition to any holiday cookie plate. This would be delicious using a shortbread cookie as well if you don’t want the spice level of a Gingersnap.