The hard part is waiting the 1-2 weeks to eat these. I made these for the first time for an Austin County Fair contest. They won grand champion. It's fun after you give it a try. They are wonderful for a special gift. Don't be afraid to try these, and you'll be glad you did.
1Drain the cherries on paper toweling for several hours or overnight.
In a small mixing bowl combine the softened butter or margarine and light corn syrup. Stir in the sifted powdered sugar; knead till the mixture is smooth (chill the mixture if it is too soft to handle.)
2Shape about 1/2 teaspoon of the powdered sugar mixture around each cherry. Place the coated cherries on a waxed-paper lined baking sheet; chill.
3Melt the dipping chocolate. Holding the cherries by the stems, dip the cherries, one at a time, in the melted chocolate; spoon chocolate over the cheries to coat. (Be sure to completely seal the cherries in chocolate; otherwise, cherry juice may leak out near the stem after the chocolate has set.)
4Let excess chocolate drip off cherries. Place the chocolate-covered cherries, stem side up, on a waxed-paper lined baking sheet. Chill the dippped cherries till the chocolate is firm. Place the cherries in a covered container and let them ripen in the refrigerator for 1-2 weeks before serving. (ripening is necessary to allow the powdered sugar mixture around the cherries to soften and liquefy). Store cherries in the refrigerator. Makes 60 chocolate-dipped cherries.