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Cherry Cheese Windmills Recipe
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Cherry Cheese Windmills Recipe

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"These pretty cookies look fancy, but they are really not much work," assures Helen McGibbon from Downers Grove, Illinois. "They're perfect for any occasion."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
MAKES:32 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min./batch + cooling
MAKES: 32 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup shortening
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • FILLING:
  • 1 package (3 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped maraschino cherries
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted and chopped

Nutritional Facts

1 cookie equals 126 calories, 6 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 16 mg cholesterol, 73 mg sodium, 15 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 1 g protein.

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, cream the butter, shortening and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg, milk and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Divide dough in half. Cover and refrigerate for 3 hours or until easy to handle.
  2. In a small bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar and extract until smooth. Fold in cherries. On a floured surface, roll each portion of dough into a 10-in. square. With a sharp knife or pastry wheel, cut into 2-1/2-in. squares. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Make 1-in. cuts from each corner toward the center of the dough.
  3. Drop teaspoonfuls of filling in the center of each square; sprinkle with almonds. Fold alternating points to the center to form a windmill; moisten points with water and pinch gently at center to seal. Bake at 350° for 8-10 minutes or until set. Cool on wire racks. Yield: 32 cookies.
Originally published as Cherry Cheese Windmills in Taste of Home June/July 2003, p52

Nutritional Facts

1 cookie equals 126 calories, 6 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 16 mg cholesterol, 73 mg sodium, 15 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 1 g protein.

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