Chocolate covered cherries

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

You won’t believe how easy this is and your friends will be so impressed!

What you’ll need:

1 jar maraschino cherries with stems
1 Tbl butter, softened
1 Tbl corn syrup
2/3 c powdered sugar
5 oz chocolate confectioners coating

Drain the cherries and set on paper towels to dry. Reserve the juice if desired for other recipes (like Shirley Temple's). In a medium bowl, combine butter and corn syrup until smooth. Stir in sugar and using your hands, knead to form a ball. If it’s too soft, refrigerate for about 10 minutes to stiffen it. Wrap each cherry in about 1 teaspoon dough and place on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet. When all the cherries are covered in dough, refrigerate until firm, usually about 20 minutes. When the cherries are firm, melt the chocolate according to package directions. Dip each cherry by it’s stem and place back on the cookie sheet. When all the cherries have been dipped, return to refrigerator until completely set. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. They can be kept up to a year (like they'll make it that long!) if refrigerated properly and are actually better after about 2 weeks of sitting. Makes about 20 cherries.

Cost:
cherries - $1.12
butter - $1.75/pound
corn syrup - $1.29
powdered sugar - $1.69
candy coating - $2.69
Total - $4.26

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