Monday, November 12, 2012

'Tis the Season to be an Elf - Idea #8

Idea #8 - Chocolate Covered Cherries

Make your own or buy a box. Below is a recipe to make your own.

Chocolate Covered Cherries

2-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
1/4 cup butter, softened
1 tablespoon milk
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
2 jars (8 ounces each) maraschino cherries with stems, well drained
2 cups (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
2 tablespoons shortening

In a small bowl, combine the sugar, butter, milk and extract. Knead until smooth and pliable. Shape into 1 inch balls and flatten into a 2 inch circle.

Wrap one circle around each cherry and lightly roll in hands. Place with stems up on waxed paper lined baking sheet. Cover loosely and refrigerate 4 hours or overnight.

In a microwave, melt chocolate and shortening; stir until smooth. Holding onto the stems, dip cherries into chocolate; allow excess to drip off. Place on waxed paper until set. Store in a covered container. Refrigerate 1-2 weeks before serving. Yield: 3 dozen

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