Friday, December 16, 2011

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'll do today. This recipe is easy enough for the kids to help with, as you'll see.  This is a repeat post from two years ago when I only had a couple of followers. I hope you won't mind seeing it again.

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.

8. Our production line.

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

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



I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

Those do look delicious and are easy to do. How nice you had a couple of helpers there with you too! I'll have to remember this recipe for the next time I have some little elves in the kitchen. Hope your Friday is a fantastic one!

Magpie said...

I think my husband would love to give these a try. Sounds like a fun weekend project. I love your "elves".

mickey said...

Tis the season for familiar Christmas favorites!
Ours will be macaroons! cute seeing the younger Elly and Kenzie! cherry balls sound like candy to me!


I have NEVER heard of these. They LOOK yummy. Cherries are one of my favorite things. Going to have to try this recipe. You and your little helpers made it look so easy. Thanks for the pictorial.

Sush said...

Oh Lordy I'm in trouble now...I've got to quit visiting all these lovely blogs with these tantalizing recipes! Too tempting and I think I'll just have to give this a go!

Anonymous said...

I'm so hungry. Mary

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

i bought the cherries last year to make these for Tessa. then in May I sent the cherries home with her to make them herself!!
I dont know if she made them or not.
Merry Christmas!!