I have found that most people have some kind of treat that they make each Christmas as a tradition. For example, my Mom makes the world’s best chex mix (sorry to all you other chex mix makers out there; it’s just a cold, hard fact). When I was growing up, my neighbors always made hard candy. Some people make chocolate covered cherries, other choose to spend their time making fruit cakes.
A few years ago my parents were hosting a Christmas party for lots of neighbors and friends, and I was trying to figure out what kind of Christmas goodies I could make. I stumbled across this recipe and it’s been “my” Christmas treat ever since.
Now, before you look at this recipe, see that it is a long process and run away with your tail tucked, wait. Yes, it is an all-day kind of thing. Yes, it is very involved. Yes, it is worth it. From what I hear, those red boxes of cordials that you buy every year around this time haven’t got anything on these.
what you’ll need:
- 2 cups confectioner’s sugar
- 3 Tbsp. butter, melty/softened
- 3 Tbsp. corn syrup
- 3 jars maraschino cherries with stems
- baker’s milk chocolate
- mini cupcake tins
how you’ll do it:
corn syrup until the mixture is cloudy
where the dough is flaky and not sticking together, use
your hands to start kneading it. make a dough ball
and lay them on paper towels on your counter to dry a little
- put the cherries in the fridge to harden before coating with chocolate
- in the meantime, set out mini cupcake tins on the counter
I know, I just broke a few hearts. You can eat them now, but trust me, the longer they sit, the better they get. So I encourage you to let this be some practice in self-control. 😉 Enjoy!