Chocolate-Covered Cherries

Course : Candy
Serves: 3 dozen
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1/3 cup butter -- softened
2 1/4 cups sifted powdered sugar
1 1/2 teaspoon milk -- (up to 1)
2 teaspoons cherry liqueur
20 ounces maraschino cherries with stems -- drained
8 ounces semisweet chocolate squares
1 tablespoon shortening

Preparation / Directions:

Beat butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy; gradually add sugar, beating well. Add milk and liqueur, beating until blended. Shape sugar mixture around cherries, coating cherries completely; place on wax paper. Microwave chocolate and shortening in a 2-cup glass measuring cup at HIGH 1 1/2 minutes or until melted, stirring twice. Dip coated cherries by stems into chocolate mixture, allowing excess to drip; place on wax paper. Let stand until firm. Store loosely covered in a cool place 1 week or until centers soften.

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