Monday, December 20, 2010

A Twist on Cherry Cordials

I love the cherry cordials that pop into the limelight every Christmas season.  After reviewing several recipes to make these, I decided to try my hand at making them.  Although, as usual, I changed the recipe a little to work with what I had.

Ingredients
  • One large jar of maraschino cherries (it had about 92 cherries)
  • 1 bag semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 bag white chocolate chips
  • 6 Tablespoons of butter
  • 8 Tablespoons of light corn syrup
  • 4 Cups powdered sugar
Supplies
  • Colander
  • Medium Glass Bowl
  • Medium Pot
  • Spatula
  • Cookie Sheet
  • Mini Cupcake Liners
  • Piping Bag
  • Heavy Duty Mixer or Handheld Mixer and Mixing Bowl
Directions
  1. Drain cherries in colander
  2. Mix together butter and corn syrup
  3. Sifting in one cup at a time, add powdered sugar (be sure to mix completely before each addition)
  4. Refrigerate 1 hour for cordial mixture to stiffen
  5. Separate cupcake liners and set out on cookie sheet
  6. Create a double boiler using the pot and glass bowl (if you need directions, see White Chocolate Peppermint Popcorn post)
  7. Melt the semi-sweet chocolate in the double boiler using the spatula to stir so the chocolate doesn't burn
  8. Put a little of the chocolate into each cupcake liner, spread in bottom and up the sides
  9. Place one cherry in the center of each chocolate-filled cupcake liner
  10. Scoop small amount of cordial mixture onto each cherry
  11. At this point, you could be done (the cordial cherries will taste like the traditional ones you find in the store)
  12. Place cookie sheet in the refrigerator
  13. Wash glass bowl, and spatula
  14. Dry completely and return to pot
  15. Melt the white chocolate in the double boiler, and scoop into the piping bag
  16. Remove the cherries from the fridge
  17. Cut the tip of the piping bag, and cover each cherry with white chocolate
  18. Chocolate will remain slightly soft if not refrigerated
  19. Store in airtight container until ready to serve
  20. The longer you store the cherries, more of the cordial mixture will turn to liquid

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