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Stuffed Cherries Dipped in Chocolate

I make these delectable cherry treats in early summer when the cherries are ripe and plentiful. A summertime favorite, they freeze very nicely and are a wonderful treat to serve to guests later in the season. —Judy Bond, Duncan, British Columbia

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 pounds fresh dark sweet cherries with stems
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tablespoons ground hazelnuts
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 cups white baking chips
  • 12 teaspoons shortening, divided
  • 1-1/2 cups milk chocolate chips
  • 1-1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

Directions

  • Pit cherries through the sides, leaving stems intact. In a small bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth. Stir in hazelnuts and syrup. Pipe into cherries.
  • In a small microwave-safe bowl, melt white chips and 5 teaspoons shortening at 70% power. Microwave at additional 10- to 20-second intervals, stirring until smooth. In another bowl, repeat with milk chocolate chips and 3-1/2 teaspoons shortening. Repeat with semisweet chips and remaining shortening.
  • Holding stems, dip a third of the stuffed cherries into melted white chocolate; allow excess to drip off. Place on waxed paper; let stand until set. Repeat with remaining cherries and milk chocolate and semisweet chocolate. Dip the white-coated cherries a second time to completely cover; let stand until set.
  • Reheat remaining melted chocolate if necessary. Drizzle white chocolate over cherries dipped in milk or semisweet chocolate. Drizzle milk or semisweet chocolate over white chocolate-dipped cherries. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 105 calories, 7g fat (4g saturated fat), 6mg cholesterol, 20mg sodium, 11g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 fat.

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