Chocolate Buttercream Cherry Candies

Chocolate Buttercream Cherry Candies

Photo by Helen (#1) C.


  • Prep Time

    minutes

  • Total Time

    minutes

  • Servings

    servings


Ingredients

  • 48

    About 48 maraschino cherries, with stems, well drained

  • ¼

    cup (½ stick) butter, softened

  • 2

    cups powdered sugar

  • ¼

    cup HERSHEY'S Cocoa or HERSHEY'S SPECIAL DARK Cocoa

  • 1 to 2

    tablespoons milk, divided

  • ½

    teaspoon vanilla extract

  • ¼

    teaspoon almond extract

  • WHITE CHIP COATING (recipe follows)

  • CHOCOLATE CHIP DRIZZLE (recipe follows)

Directions

1 Cover tray with wax paper. Lightly press cherries between layers of paper towels to remove excess moisture. 2 Beat butter, powdered sugar, cocoa and 1 tablespoon milk in small bowl until well blended; stir in vanilla and almond extract. If necessary, add remaining milk, one teaspoonful at a time, until mixture will hold together but is not wet. 3 Mold scant teaspoonful mixture around each cherry, covering completely; place on prepared tray. Cover; refrigerate 3 hours or until firm. 4 Prepare WHITE CHIP COATING. Holding each cherry by stem, dip into coating. Place on tray; refrigerate until firm. 5 About 1 hour before serving, prepare CHOCOLATE CHIP DRIZZLE; with tines of fork, drizzle randomly over candies. Refrigerate until drizzle is firm. Store in refrigerator. About 4 dozen candies. WHITE CHIP COATING: Place 2 cups (12-oz. pkg.) HERSHEY'S Premier White Chips in small microwave-safe bowl; drizzle with 2 tablespoons vegetable oil. Microwave at MEDIUM (50%) 1 minute; stir until chips are melted and mixture is smooth. If necessary, microwave at MEDIUM an additional 15 seconds at a time, stirring after each heating until chips are melted and mixture is smooth. If mixture thickens while coating, microwave at MEDIUM for 15 seconds; stir until smooth. CHOCOLATE CHIP DRIZZLE: Place 1/4 cup HERSHEY'S SPECIAL DARK Chocolate Chips or HERSHEY'S Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips and 1/4 teaspoon shortening (do not use butter, margarine, oil or spreads) in small microwave-safe bowl. Microwave at MEDIUM (50%) 30 seconds to 1 minute; stir until chips are melted and mixture is smooth.


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