Cooking time: 45 minutes plus chilling
Difficulty: Easy - for beginners
Serves: 42 servings
â€¢1/2 cup dried cherries, finely chopped
â€¢1/2 cup cherry brandy
â€¢1 package (3 ounces) cream cheese, softened
â€¢1 tablespoon butter, softened
â€¢3-3/4 cups confectioners' sugar
â€¢6 ounces dark chocolate candy coating, chopped
â€¢1 tablespoon shortening
â€¢White candy coating, chopped
â€¢Pink paste food coloring
â€¢Place cherries in a small bowl. Cover with brandy; refrigerate overnight.
â€¢ 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.
â€¢ Roll into 1-1/2-in. balls. Place balls on a waxed paper-lined baking sheet. Cover loosely and refrigerate for 1 hour.
â€¢ 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.
â€¢ 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.