These Christmas cherry balls are so easy to make and great for making with small children or with a glass of wine….or three…. with friends.
Growing up, my Grandmother lived in our house so when she passed away last year it changed how we lived and how we celebrated Christmas. We don’t try to replace the traditions that we had with her, it would be too difficult knowing it was better with her there. Instead we try to create new ones.
But one of the things that we will likely never give up is making her holiday recipes.
I loved my grandmother dearly but Nanny was not a good cook. She married an Italian (who died before I was born) and for some reason she really did not learn much in the years with my grandfather. Maybe it was because she was of Scottish descent (sorry Scots) but the woman could not cook.
Except for a few things that she did very well and no one will ever make them better: seafood chowder, apple pie, mashed potatoes, stuffing, shrimp dip and Christmas cherry balls. When she was getting older and her health wasn’t as strong I tried to get her to share her recipes, which she made for so many years that she often didn’t know the exact measurements.
As much as I love to try new recipes I will never make these items any differently than how she made them – even if they were mostly recipes from the back of the box of some ingredient. For me they are untouchable.
Christmas Cherry Balls
I know I’ve said so many times that I am not a dessert person but she would store these in the freezer and I would be so impatient to wait for them to thaw that I ate most of them frozen. There’s something so amazing retro about maraschino cherries. They are horribly inappropriate at any time of the year other than at Christmas or drinking a Shirley Temple.
Today I’m fortunate because my sister likes to make dessert and is in charge of making cherry balls each year. This post is my reminder to her to clear her schedule so that when I go home for Christmas these will be in the freezer.