• 2 Cups finely crushed chocolate cookies
  • 1/2 Cup finely chopped walnuts
  • 3/4 Cup California raisins
  • 11/2 Cups Powdered sugar
  • 1 jar (9 ounces) maraschino cherries
  • 3 Tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 2 Cups white vanilla chips
  • 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
  • Assorted decorator gel icings, e.g. red, green and black


In a large bowl, combine crumbs, walnuts, raisins and powdered sugar; mix well. Drain cherries, reserving liquid. Cut cherries in half and set aside. Measure 1/3 cup cherry liquid and add with syrup to dry mixture; mix well to form a stiff dough. Shape into 1-inch balls with a cherry half in center of each. Place on waxed paper. Refrigerate 1 hour to set.

In small, microwave-safe bowl, combine chips and oil. Microwave on HIGH 30 to 45 seconds or until melted, stirring once. Dip balls into melted chips; set aside on waxed paper until set. Decorate with icings to look like blood-shot eyes, or as desired.

Nutrition Facts Per Serving

Calories 130 (Calories from Fat 35%); Total Fat 5 ( Saturated Fat 2.5; Trans Fat 0; ); Cholesterol 0; Sodium 90; Potassium 90; Total Carbohydrate 20; Dietary Fiber <1; Sugars 14; Protein 2; Calcium 29; Iron 0;

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- by James W. Anderson, M.D., Professor of Medicine and Clinical Nutrition, Emeritus, University of Kentucky.