Friday, February 12, 2010
1 8-oz. package cream cheese, softened
1/4 c. confectioner's sugar
1/2 c. slivered almonds, finely chopped
1/2 c. maraschino cherries, well drained & finely chopped
1/2 tsp. almond extract
1-11 oz. package white chocolate chips
1 Tbsp. shortening
Garnish: finely chopped sliced almonds
Combine cream cheese and confectioner's sugar in medium mixing bowl. On medium speed, beat until creamy. Add almonds, cherries, and extract. Combine well. Using a teaspoon, scoop 12 truffles onto parchment lined tray. Chill until firm enough to handle. When firm, roll each truffle into a smooth ball. Chill again. Melt chocolate chips (either by microwave or with a double boiler on the stove top). Add shortening to melted chocolate, mixing well. Dip truffles into chocolate, sprinkle almonds on top before chocolate hardens. Keep refrigerated.
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