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Chocolate Christmas Cherries

Chocolate Christmas Cherries recipe
photo by:kraft
Pretty maraschino cherries inside a coffee-flavored cookie crumb and walnut coating are dipped into melted chocolate for an elegant holiday treat.
time
prep:
30 min
total:
2 hr
servings
total:
3 dozen cherries or 18 servings, 2 cherries each
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What You Need

58
 vanilla wafers, finely crushed (about 2 cups crumbs)
1/2
cup  powdered sugar
1/2
cup  chopped PLANTERS Walnuts
1/4
cup  boiling water
2
tsp.  MAXWELL HOUSE Instant Coffee
2
Tbsp.  margarine or butter
1
Tbsp.  corn syrup
36
 maraschino cherries with stems, well drained
3
pkg.  (4 oz. each) BAKER'S Semi-Sweet Chocolate, broken into pieces, melted

Make It

MIX crumbs, sugar and walnuts; set aside. Add boiling water to coffee granules in small bowl; stir until coffee is dissolved. Add margarine and corn syrup; stir until well blended. Add to crumb mixture; mix well.

SHAPE about 1 rounded teaspoonful of the crumb mixture around each cherry, leaving stem of cherry uncoated. Place in shallow pan; cover. Refrigerate 1 hour.

DIP cherries, 1 at a time, in chocolate, holding cherries by the stems and turning until completely coated. Place on wire rack set over sheet of wax paper to collect drippings. Refrigerate 30 min. or until firm. Store in refrigerator.

Kraft Kitchens Tips

Substitute
Substitute 2 cups OREO Chocolate Cookie Crumbs for the crushed vanilla wafers.
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