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Marshmallow Chocolate-Covered Cherries

Each year, I have to plan on producing even more of these simple-to-make candies— they're the ones my husband likes best, and they're the first to disappear.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    about 4-1/2 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups marshmallow creme
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 jar (16 ounces) maraschino cherries, well drained
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons shortening

Directions

  • In a bowl, cream butter. Add marshmallow creme, salt, extract and sugar; mix well. Knead into a large ball; chill for 1 hour. Roll into 1-in. balls and flatten into 2-in. circles. Wrap circles around cherries and carefully shape into balls. Place on a waxed paper-lined baking sheet. Cover loosely; refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight. Melt chocolate chips and shortening in a double boiler or microwave-safe bowl. Dip cherries in chocolate; place on waxed paper to harden. Refrigerate in a covered container 1-2 weeks before serving.
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