Chocolate Covered Cherries
semi-sweet chocolate chips
1Drain cherries on paper towel for several hours or overnight.
2In a small mixing bowl combine the softened butter and light corn syrup.
3Stir in powdered sugar; knead until mixture is smooth.
4Shape about 1/2 teaspoon of sugar mixture around each cherry.
5Place the coated cherries on a parchment lined baking sheet: chill.
6Melt the dipping chocolate and add shortening.
7Holding the cherries by the stems, dip the cherries into the melted chocolate.
8Be sure to completely seal the cherries in chocolate; otherwise, cherry juice may leak out.
9Chill until chocolate is firm.
10Place cherries in an airtight container and let them ripen in the fridge for 1-2 weeks before serving.
11Ripening is necessary to allow powdered sugar mixture around the cherries to do soften and liquefy.