cup plus 2 tbsp butter, softened
cups sifted powdered sugar
tsp vanilla extract
about 42 maraschino cherries with stems
(12 oz) package semisweet chocolate morsels
Beat butter until creamy; gradually add sugar, beating well. Blend in milk and vanilla. Chill mixture 2 hours or until firm. Drain cherries, and dry thoroughly on paper towels. Place bowl of sugar mixture in a bowl of ice to keep mixture chilled. Shape a small amount of sugar mixture around each cherry. Place cherries on a wax paper-lined baking sheet; chill 2 hours or until firm. Combine chocolate morsels and shortening in top of a double boiler; bring water to a boil. Reduce heat to low; cook until chocolate melts. Dip each cherry by the stem into chocolate. Place on a wax paper-lined baking sheet; chill until firm. Store in a cool place.