Brandied Cherry Balls

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Cooking time: 45 minutes plus chilling

Difficulty: Easy - for beginners
Serves: 42 servings


•1/2 cup dried cherries, finely chopped
•1/2 cup cherry brandy
•1 package (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

•White candy coating, chopped
•Pink paste food coloring


•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. Yield: about 3-1/2 dozen.


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