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Martha Washington Candies

  • Author: Audrey
  • Yield: 10-12 1x


Indulge, in an adventure with Martha Washington Candies, where traditional sweets meet the enchantment of homemade allure. This recipe celebrates the balance of flavors and textures. The velvety smoothness of melted unsalted butter blending with the irresistible sweetness of powdered sugar. The addition of coconut brings a touch of charm while the tangy essence of maraschino cherries dances in delightful harmony. Chopped pecans add a nutty undertone creating a symphony of delightful textures. Each candy is lovingly coated in a layer of chocolate transforming ingredients into an exquisite masterpiece bursting with flavor. These candies are more than a treat; they take us on a journey down memory lane evoking cherished recollections and creating new moments to savor with every heavenly bite.



1 c (2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted

1 pound powdered sugar

1 tbsp vanilla extract

1 (14 ounces) package sweetened shredded coconut

1 (14 ounces) can sweetened condensed milk

1 (10 ounces) jar maraschino cherries, drained and chopped

3 c pecans, finely chopped

16 ounces chocolate coating


Line a baking sheet, with wax paper.

Combine the following ingredients in a bowl; melted butter, powdered sugar, vanilla extract, coconut condensed milk and finely chopped pecans. Mix them together thoroughly.

Gently fold in the chopped cherries.

Place the mixture in the refrigerator for two hours to allow it to firm up.

Using a scoop shape the mixture into balls. Arrange them on the prepared baking sheet.

Return the formed candies to the fridge for 20 minutes until they become firm.

In a microwave bowl melt the chocolate coating according to the instructions on the package.

Dip each candy ball into the melted chocolate and remove any chocolate. Place them back, onto the wax paper.

Allow some time for the chocolate to set and for the candies to become firm. Once ready you can enjoy them!


Craving a gluten-free version of this delightful treat? Fear not! Transforming Martha Washington Candies into a gluten-free delight is surprisingly simple and just as delicious. First, ensure your chocolate coating is certified gluten-free – chocolate is naturally gluten-free, but some brands may include additives or be processed in facilities with gluten-containing products. Next, double-check your vanilla extract and other ingredients for hidden gluten. Many brands offer gluten-free options, making it easy to adapt this recipe.