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Cordial Cherries

Yield 2 1/2 dozen
Brandy-soaked cherries can be left in the freezer for up to two days before you dip them into the chocolate.

Ingredients

  • 1 (10-ounce) jar maraschino cherries with stems
  • 1/2 cup brandy (optional)
  • 1 (8-ounce) package semisweet chocolate baking squares, chopped

How to Make It

  1. Drain maraschino cherries, and return to jar. Pour brandy, if desired, in jar; cover with a lid, and freeze 8 hours. Drain cherries, and pat dry, reserving brandy for another use.

  2. Melt two-thirds of chocolate baking squares in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring until a candy thermometer reaches 115°. Remove from heat; add remaining chocolate, and stir until candy thermometer reaches 89° and chocolate is smooth.

  3. Dip cherries quickly into melted chocolate, coating well. Place cherries on wax paper, stem sides up, and cool.