Chocolate Lebkuchen Cherry Balls


40 gingersnap cookies
1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
1-1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips, divided
1-1/4 cups sliced almonds, divided
2 tablespoons chopped candied orange peel
1 teaspoon almond extract
60 maraschino cherries, stems removed


1Place gingersnaps, cream cheese, 1/2 cup chocolate chips, 1/2 cup almonds, orange peel and extract in a food processor; process until combined. Refrigerate until firm enough to form into balls. Pat cherries dry with paper towels. Wrap each cherry with a rounded tablespoonful of cream cheese mixture; shape into a ball. Freeze until firm, about 20 minutes.
2Chop remaining sliced almonds; set aside. In a double boiler, melt remaining chocolate chips; stir until smooth. Dip cherry balls in chocolate; allow excess to drip off. Sprinkle balls with almonds. Place on waxed paper. Refrigerate until set, about 1 hour.

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Total Time
Prep: 45 min. + chilling
Makes 5 dozen
Nutrition Facts
1 ball: 76 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 4mg cholesterol, 37mg sodium, 10g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein.

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