Chocolate-Covered Cherry Valentines

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Ingredients

  •   1 cup tart dried cherries (NOT "sweet, dark")
  •   1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  •   3 tablespoons Cointreau
  •   2 ounces unsweetened chocolate
  •   3/4 cup unsalted butter
  •   1-2/3 cups sugar
  •   2 eggs, brought to room temp.
  •   2-1/3 cups flour
  •   1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  •   1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  •   1/2 teaspoon salt
  •   1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  •   7-9 ounces dark chocolate*
  •   3 tablespoons shortening
  •   white pearl sugar, OR
  •   white chocolate**, optional

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