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Cherry Cookies

 Cherry Cookies
Studded with red cherries and nuts, these delicious cookies are worthy of setting out on a plate for Santa himself.—Jean Davis, Bryson City, North Carolina
72 ServingsPrep: 25 min. Bake: 15 min./batch

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup chopped maraschino cherries

Directions

  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat
  • in eggs and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt;
  • gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well (dough will be thick).
  • Stir in pecans and cherries.
  • Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls 2 in. apart onto ungreased baking
  • sheets. Bake at 375° for 9-11 minutes or until set and lightly
  • browned. Yield: 6 dozen.
Nutritional Facts: 1 cookie equals 82 calories, 4 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 13 mg cholesterol, 65 mg sodium, 11 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 1 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch, 1 fat.