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Elegant Dipped Cherries

Here's a sure way to impress holiday guests. These sweet maraschino cherries are wrapped in unsweetened chocolate, then dipped in melted vanilla chips. A chocolate drizzle dresses them up for serving on a festive plate of sweets. -Sedora Brown Waynesboro, Virginia
  • Total Time
    Prep: 1-1/4 hours + freezing
  • Makes
    1-1/2 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1 jar (10 ounces) maraschino cherries with stems, well drained
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 1 ounce unsweetened chocolate, melted
  • 2 teaspoons half-and-half cream
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 cup white baking chips
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons shortening, divided
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Directions

  • Pat cherries dry with paper towels and set aside. In a large bowl, combine butter, corn syrup, unsweetened chocolate and cream. Stir in confectioners' sugar.
  • Knead until smooth. Roll into 18 balls; flatten each into a 2-in. circle. Wrap each circle around a cherry and lightly roll in hands. Place cherries, stem side up, in a shallow waxed paper-lined container. Cover and freeze at least 2 hours.
  • The day before serving, remove the cherries from freezer. In a microwave, melt white baking chips and 1-1/2 teaspoons shortening; stir until smooth.
  • Holding onto the stem, dip each cherry into white baking chips, allowing excess to drip off. Place on waxed paper; let stand until set.
  • Melt chocolate chips and remaining shortening; stir until smooth. Drizzle over candies. Refrigerate until firm. Store candies in an airtight container.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 182 calories, 8g fat (5g saturated fat), 7mg cholesterol, 32mg sodium, 30g carbohydrate (22g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein.

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