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Coconut Chocolate-Covered Cherries

Total Time

Prep: 25 min. + chilling

Makes

about 5 dozen

A friend gave me this recipe because she knew how much I like chocolate-covered cherries. Coconut and nuts make this version absolutely divine.
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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3-3/4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups sweetened shredded coconut
  • 2 cups finely chopped walnuts
  • 2 jars (16 ounces each) maraschino cherries with stems, well drained and patted dry
  • 2 packages (11-1/2 ounces each) milk chocolate chips
  • 1 tablespoon shortening

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, beat butter and confectioners’ sugar until smooth. Beat in milk and vanilla until well blended and mixture looks like softened butter. Fold in the coconut and walnuts.
  2. With moist hands, shape 2 teaspoonfuls of coconut mixture around each cherry, forming a ball. Place on a waxed paper-lined baking sheet. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour or until chilled.
  3. In a microwave, melt chocolate chips and shortening; stir until smooth. Dip coated cherries into chocolate. Place on waxed paper; let stand until set. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 1 month.

Nutrition Facts

1 each: 131 calories, 7g fat (3g saturated fat), 6mg cholesterol, 31mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (15g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.

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