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Brandied Cherry Balls

These special candies look impressive but are actually quite easy to prepare. The brandy really complements the cherries and chocolate.—homebody2, TOH Online Community
  • Total Time
    Prep: 45 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    about 3-1/2 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup dried cherries, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup cherry brandy
  • 3 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 tablespoon butter, softened
  • 3-3/4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 6 ounces dark chocolate candy coating, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon shortening
  • DRIZZLE:
  • White candy coating, chopped
  • Pink paste food coloring

Directions

  • Place cherries in a small bowl. Cover with brandy; refrigerate overnight.
  • In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and butter until smooth. Add confectioners' sugar; beat until crumbly. Drain cherries, reserving 2 teaspoons brandy. Add cherries and reserved brandy to cream cheese mixture.
  • Roll into 1-1/2-in. balls. Place balls on a waxed paper-lined baking sheet. Cover loosely and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  • In a microwave, melt dark chocolate candy coating and shortening; stir until smooth. Dip balls in chocolate; allow excess to drip off. Return to the baking sheet.
  • For drizzle, melt a small amount of white candy coating in a microwave; stir in food coloring until smooth. Drizzle over candies. Chill until set.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 86 calories, 3g fat (2g saturated fat), 3mg cholesterol, 8mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (14g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch.
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