Chocolate Dipped Cherries

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This very simple treat was a big hit at our Christmas party this past weekend.  They are so simple to make but really taste like it took some work ~ which is my favorite kind of recipe.

The cherries would be excellent for a gift but they may not be the best choice for young kids…you’ll see what I mean!

Chocolate Dipped Cherries

1 cup maraschino cherries, WITH stems
1 cup brandy
10 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, Ghiradelli’s is best

Put the cherries in a smallish bowl and cover with the brandy. Let the bowl sit on your counter for 8-10 hours ~ I did about 8. Drain the cherries and place on a parchment (or wax paper) lined cookie sheet and freeze. I let mine go overnight.

Melt the chocolate either in the microwave or double boiler being very careful not to let it burn. Wipe each frozen cherry of excess moisture. Dip in the chocolate and place back on the lined cookie sheet and let them stand until the choclate firms up. If it doesn’t seem to be firming up, stick in the fridge for a bit. Mine worked just sitting on the counter.

I did have extra melted chocolate so I could have probably gotten about 2 cups of cherries dipped.

Store cherries in the refrigerator.

Makes about 18-20 cherries.

Happy Cooking!

Hot and Spicy Peanuts

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I love peanuts (or any nuts, really) and this is an easy recipe to change them up a bit. They are easy to make and would be great for a party or for gift giving. Just make sure that you drain them well or they will be greasy. They are quite spicy so watch out!

Hot and Spicy Peanuts

2 teaspoons vegetable oil
2 cups unsalted peanuts
2 teaspoons chili powder
1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper (cayenne)
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt, use more if you like

In a skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Stir in the peanuts, chili powder, and red pepper. Cook and stir for 2 minutes or until peanuts are warm. Drain well on paper towels. Sprinkle garlic salt over peanuts and toss to combine. Cool completely.

May be stored in a tightly covered container at room temperature.

Makes 2 cups.

VIEW PRINTABLE RECIPE HERE!

Peanuts on paper towel on a cookie sheet

Peanuts on paper towel on a cookie sheet

Happy Cooking!