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Cherry-Filled Cookies

 Cherry-Filled Cookies
This luscious cherry filling peeking out of these rounds is just a hint of how scrumptious they are. Using a doughnut cutter to shape each cookie top really speeds up the process.
18 ServingsPrep: 25 min. + chilling Bake: 10 min.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 3-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 can (21 ounces) cherry pie filling

Directions

  • In a bowl, cream shortening and sugars. Add eggs, buttermilk and
  • vanilla; mix well. Combine flour, salt and baking soda; gradually
  • add to creamed mixture and mix well. Cover and chill for 1 hour or
  • until firm.
  • Divide dough in half. On a floured surface, roll each portion to
  • 1/8-in. thickness. Cut with a 2-3/4-in. round cutter. Place half of
  • the circles 2 in. apart on greased baking sheets; top each with a
  • heaping teaspoon of pie filling. Cut holes in the center of
  • remaining circles with a 1-in. round cutter; place over filled
  • circles. Seal edges.
  • Bake at 375° for 10 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on wire
  • racks. Yield: about 3 dozen.

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Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (2 each) equals 253 calories, 6 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 24 mg cholesterol, 122 mg sodium, 45 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.