Thursday, December 10, 2009

Christmas Cherry Balls

These few ingredients make Sara's favorite Christmas treat - Cherry Balls. Every year she asks me to make her a batch of them. So this is what I did today. This recipe is easy enough for the kids to help with, as you'll see.

The first step is to drain the cherries on a paper towel covered plate, and cut them in half (each batch makes about 24 cherry balls)

2. Combine the icing sugar, coconut and dash of salt in a mixing bowl.

3. Add one stick (1/2 cup) softened butter. Mix well. I start out using a fork to break up the butter but end up mixing it with my fingers.

4. Flatten about a tablespoon of the coconut mixture in the palm of your hand and center a cherry half on it.

2-year old Elly got into the act by placing the cherry on the coconut mixture.

5. Roll the mixture around the cherry forming a small ball.

6. Drop the ball into a bowl of crushed graham wafer crumbs.

7. My 7-year old granddaughter, Kenzie, was in charge of rolling each cherry ball in the crushed graham wafer crumbs and placeing the finished product on a plate.

8. Our production line.

9. The finished product. Refrigerate to let them set, then eat. Delicious.



sara said...

shoulda double batched it :-)

Haf Dozen Reasons....... said...

I have never seen a candy like that before!! Will try them soon!

Tessa can't wait!! She loves cherries.

Mickey said...

I am not familiar with these!. Sure looks easy Pat! Maybe have to try them! Thanks!

JQ said...

They're uncooked so you really get a sense of the cow-fat in the butter.

Emtron said...

Jen, you say that like it's a BAD thing. Mmmm. It's so cool that kids can make these, I loved helping with them when I was a kid.

wendy said...

I make these too. In fact, I'm making them today.
I've always been intrigued by your marshmallow recipe, but have never made them. Are you going to do a tutorial for them too?