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four candies sitting on small cupcake stand with red burlap beneath them. top candy is cut in half to show coconut and cherry interior.
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Martha Washington Candies

Martha Washington Candy is an easy to make old fashioned candy that is perfect for the holidays! Made with coconut, pecans and cherries, this easy candy recipe is ideal for gift giving and looks impressive on a cookie tray! A must make for Christmas!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword martha washington candy, martha washington candy recipe
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 60
Calories 200kcal
Author Trish - Mom On Timeout


  • 1 cup butter melted
  • 1 pound powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 14 ounces shredded coconut sweetened
  • 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk
  • 10 ounces maraschino cherries drained and chopped
  • 3 cups finely chopped pecans
  • 16 ounces candy coating such as Ghirardelli melting wafers, Almond bark, etc.


  • Chop cherries into small pieces and place on a paper towel so the liquid can be absorbed. Blot dry with additional paper towels.
    10 ounces maraschino cherries
  • Combine all ingredients except for candy coating in a large bowl.
    1 cup butter, 1 pound powdered sugar, 1 tablespoon vanilla extract, 14 ounces shredded coconut, 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk, 10 ounces maraschino cherries, 3 cups finely chopped pecans
  • Refrigerate for at least two hours. The colder the filling is the quicker the chocolate will set up.
  • Form into balls about the size of a walnut or about 1 inch in size. Refrigerate balls for 20 minutes.
  • Line baking sheet with parchment paper. Melt candy melts according to package directions.
  • Dip balls into chocolate, (I use these dipping tools) tap off excess, and place on lined baking sheet to set up. 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 candies in airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.



Storage Information: Store candies in airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.


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