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Chocolate-Dipped Cherries

Servings: 24
Dipping sweet fresh cherries in luscious chocolate is a lovely idea for a special occasion such as Valentines Day or serving as an after-dinner goodie when you are having a more elegant dinner party. They may also be served as a "sweet" apetizer when you are giving a cocktail party.

6 ounces bittersweet (not unsweetened), semisweet or white chocolate, chopped
24 large fresh cherries with stems

Line baking sheet with waxed paper. Place chocolate in top of double boiler set over barely simmering water (do not allow bottom of pan to touch water); stir until melted and smooth. Remove chocolate from over water. Holding cherry stem, dip 1 cherry halfway into chocolate. Place cherry, chocolate side down, on prepared sheet. Repeat with remaining cherries and chocolate. Chill until chocolate is firm, at least 15 minutes. (Can be made 2 days ahead. Keep chilled.)

Makes 24 chocolate dipped cherries.

Date: August 13, 2004