Preheat oven to 325. Spread cherries on paper towels to drain well.
In a large bowl, combine flour and sugar. Using a pastry blender, cut in the butter until mixture resembles fine crumbs. Stir in drained cherries and 4 oz. (2/3 cup) of the chopped chocolate. Stir in almond extract and, if desired, food coloring. Knead mixture until it forms a smooth ball.
Shape dough into 3/4 inch balls. Place balls 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheet. Using the bottom of a drinking glass dipped in sugar, flatten balls to 1 1/2 inch rounds.
Bake in preheated oven for 10-12 minutes or until centers are set. Cool for 1 minute on cookie sheet. Transfer cookies to a wire rack and let cool.
In a small saucepan, combine remaining 8 ounces white chocolate and the shortening. Cook and stir over low heat until melted. Dip half of each cookie into chocolate, allowing excess to drip off. If desired, roll dipped edge in nonpareils and/or edible glitter. Place cookies on waxed paper until chocolate is set.
Makes about 60.
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|Serving Size: 1 Serving (17g)|
|Recipe Makes: 4 Servings|
|Calories from Fat: 28 (49%)|
|Amt Per Serving||% DV|
|Total Fat 3.2g||4 %|
|Saturated Fat 2g||10 %|
|Monounsaturated Fat 0.8g|
|Polyunsanturated Fat 0.1g|
|Cholesterol 8.2mg||3 %|
|Sodium 0.4mg||0 %|
|Potassium 1.1mg||0 %|
|Total Carbohydrate 7.5g||2 %|
|Dietary Fiber 0g||0 %|
|Sugars, other 7.5g|
|Protein 0g||0 %|
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Calories per serving: 57
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