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Martha Washington Candies

These Martha Washington Candies are an excellent addition to your holiday celebrations, are ideal for gift giving, and look impressive on a cookie tray!
Prep Time15 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: candy, cherry, Christmas, coconut
Servings: 60
Calories: 200kcal
Author: Trish - Mom On Timeout


  • 1 cup butter melted
  • 1 lb powdered sugar
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 14 oz package shredded coconut sweetened
  • 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
  • 10 oz jar maraschino cherries drained and chopped
  • 3 cups finely chopped pecans
  • 16 oz package chocolate Candiquik


  • After chopping cherries, place on a paper towel so the liquid can be absorbed. Blot dry with additional paper towels.
  • Combine all ingredients except for Candiquik in a large bowl.
  • Refrigerate for at least two hours. Tip #1 - the colder the filling is the quicker the chocolate will set up
  • Form into balls about the size of a walnut or whatever size you prefer.
  • Refrigerate balls for 20 minutes. Tip #2 - See tip #1
  • Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Melt Candiquik according to package directions.
  • Dip balls into chocolate, (I use these tools here) tap off excess, and place on lined baking sheet to set up. Tip #3: Get off as much chocolate as you can otherwise it will pool at the bottom of the candy and you'll have to trim it off.
  • Repeat until all balls are covered in chocolate.
  • Store in airtight container.


Calories: 200kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 55mg | Potassium: 71mg | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 115IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 0.3mg