Homemade Chocolate Easter Eggs
In a medium size mixing bowl, combine the butter, vanilla and salt. Mix well with an electric mixer. Beat in the confectioners' sugar gradually. Stir in the chopped cherries, pecans and coconut. Add just enough sweetened condensed milk to moisten and hold the mixture together. Knead the mixture until it is well blended. It should be easy to handle and shape, but not sticky. Use the palms of your hands to roll the mixture, a small amount at a time, into egg shapes. (The amount depends on the size and number of eggs you want to make. Use additional confectioners' sugar to prevent it from sticking to your hands.) Place the candy egg shapes on a wax paper lined cookie sheet. Chill in the refrigerator for several hours or overnight. Melt the chocolate in a microwave oven or in a double boiler. Dip each egg in the melted chocolate to coat, then lay on a waxed paper lined tray and allow the chocolate to harden. Place the eggs in paper candy cups.
Mix the cream cheese, butter and vanilla together until well blended. Add the confectioners' sugar and mix well. Place the mixture in the refrigerator to chill for at least 2 hours. Using the palms of your hands, roll the mixture, a small amount at a time, into small egg shapes. Refrigerate again for at least 1 hour. Melt the chocolate in a microwave oven or in a double boiler. Using a large toothpick, dip each cream egg in melted chocolate to coat, then lay on a waxed paper lined tray and allow the chocolate to harden. Place the eggs in paper candy cups.
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