Chocolate Covered Cherries


2½ cups sugar

¼ cup margarine

1 tablespoon milk

½ teaspoon almond extract

4 (4 ounce) jars maraschino cherries with stems,

drained

2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

2 tablespoons shortening

In medium bowl, combine sugar, margarine, milk, and almond extract; stir. On lightly floured surface, knead mixture into large ball. Roll into 1-inch balls. Flatten balls into 2-inch circles. Leaving stems sticking out, wrap cherries in circles by lightly rolling in hands. Place wrapped cherries on sheet of waxed paper and chill in refrigerator for at least 4 hours. In medium saucepan over medium heat, melt chocolate chips and shortening. Holding balls by stems of cherries sticking out, dip chilled balls into chocolate mixture. Chill in refrigerator.

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