Ah, Valentine’s Day.
Okay, technically, yes, it’s a bit of a corporate greeting card holiday.
But, hey, any excuse to be romantic, right?
Last V-day, I presented you with the lover’s lasagna.
Because nothing says “I love you,” like two pounds of cheese.
Last year, the hubs decorated a pack of kid’s Valentines and put a favorite memory of us on the back of each one.
No pressure, right!
You should totally start planning now.
Otherwise your significant other will end up on the receiving end of an “I love America” flag-covered card.
You know, ironically.
In the spirit of planning early, these chocolate covered beauties take about one week to set.
So, wait until your honey is gone for a few hours and get to work.
- 30 maraschino cherries with stems (One 10-ounce jar)
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 1 1/2 tablespoons butter, softened
- 1 1/2 tablespoons light corn syrup
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
Pat cherries dry with paper towels; set aside. In a small mixing bowl, combine the sugar, butter, corn syrup, and salt; mix well. Turn onto counter and knead until smooth. It takes a bit of stirring and prodding, but the crumbly mess does eventually turn into one round blob. Knead it with your hands until it does. Just do it.
Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.
Roll dough into 1/2 inch balls that are about the size of a marble. Flatten each into a 2-inch circle with your hand. Wrap each circle around a cherry and lightly roll in hands to cover. Place cherries with stems up on waxed paper-lined baking sheets. Cover loosely and refrigerate for 1 hour.In a heavy saucepan, melt one half of the chocolate chips; stir until smooth. Take off of the heat and add the other half; stir until smooth.
Holding onto the stem, dip each cherry into the chocolate; set on waxed paper. Refrigerate until hardened. Store in a covered container and refrigerate for 1-2 weeks before serving.
Take out about 30 minutes before you’re ready, and serve at room temperature.
[Source: Slightly adapted from Baker Girl and Taste of Home Best Holiday Recipes, 2008.]