Famous Chocolate Covered Cherries
Chocolate Covered Cherries
2-1/2 cups Confectioners sugar
1/4 cup butter or margarine, softened (I use butter)
1 TBL milk
1/2 tsp almond extract
2 jars (8 ounce each) maraschino cherries with stems – well drained
(I buy the big jar at Costco so use 36 for each recipe – drain well on
2 cups (12 ounces) semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 TBL shortening
In a mixing bowl, combine sugar, butter, milk and extract, mix well.
Knead into a large ball. (I then refrigerated for about 1 hour to make
it easier to work with). Roll into 1 inch balls and flatten each into
a 2″ circle. (I find it easier to do in palm of hand).
Wrap around cherry and lightly roll in hands. Place with stems up on
waxed paper lined baking sheet. Cover loosely with wax paper and
refrigerate 4 hours or overnight. (I do overnight). Melt the chocolate
chips and shortening in a double boiler or microwave safe bowl.
Holding onto stem, dip cherries into chocolate, set on waxed paper
lined baking sheet to harden. Store in a covered containter.
Refrigerate 1-2 weeks before serving.
Makes about 3 dozen.
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