Monday, March 29, 2010

Double Chocolate Cherry Eggs

Double Chocolate Cherry Eggs
Serves 10

Kid-friendly and delicious, these eggs combine two luscious chocolates, sweet maraschino cherries and yummy toasted walnuts. For variety, try dried fruit and different types of nuts.

12 ounces white chocolate chips or bars, chopped
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
7 ounces marshmallow crème
1 1/4 cups sifted powdered sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups chopped maraschino cherries (drain before chopping)
1 cup chopped toasted walnuts
11 ounces milk-chocolate morsels
2 tablespoons vegetable shortening

1. In a large microwave-safe bowl, melt white chocolate and butter on LOW, stirring every 45 seconds until smooth. With a wooden spoon, stir in marshmallow crème, sugar and vanilla until well-blended.

2. Fold in cherries and walnuts. Divide into 12 equal portions and form into egg shapes. In a medium-sized microwave-safe bowl, melt milk chocolate and shortening on LOW, stirring every 45 seconds until smooth. Using a fork, dip white chocolate eggs in milk chocolate, turning to evenly coat. Place on wax paper to cool.

Note: Eggs can be decorated with sprinkles after dipping in milk chocolate.

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