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Elegant Dipped Cherries



INGREDIENTS:


1 jar (10 ounce) maraschino cherries with stems (well drained)
1 square (l oz.) unsweetened chocolate (melted)
3 tablespoons butter (melted)
2 tablespoons light corn syrup
2 teaspoon half and half cream
2 cups confectioners’ sugar
1 cup of vanilla or white chips
2 and 1/2 teaspoon shortening (divided)
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips


INSTRUCTIONS:


Pat cherries dry with paper towels and set aside. In a bowl, combine the butter, corn syrup, unsweetened chocolate and cream. Stir in the confectioners’ sugar. Knead until smooth. Roll into 18 balls; flatten each into a 2 inch circle. Wrap each circle around a cherry and lightly roll in hands. Place cherries, stem side up, in a shallow paper lined container. Cover and freeze for at least 2 hours. Remove from freezing. In a microwave safe bowl, melt vanilla chips and 1 and 1/2 teaspoons shortening; stir until smooth. Holding onto the stem, dip each cherry into vanilla mixture; set on waxed paper to dry. If you desire, melt chocolate chips and the remaining shortening; stir until smooth. Drizzle over the candies. Refrigerate until firm. Store candies in an airtight container. Yield: 1 and 1/2 dozen.