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Cherry Snowball Cookies

 Cherry Snowball Cookies
"These simple cookies have a delicate buttery flavor complemented by the cherry surprise in the center," notes Joy Schuster of Glentana, Montana. "They've become a holiday favorite for my family."
30 ServingsPrep: 15 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 jar (6 ounces) maraschino cherries without stems, drained and halved
  • Additional confectioners' sugar

Directions

  • In a large bowl, cream butter and confectioners' sugar until light
  • and fluffy; gradually add flour and mix well.
  • Shape a tablespoonful of dough around each cherry, forming a ball.
  • Place 1 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets.
  • Bake at 325° for 18-20 minutes or until the bottoms are browned.
  • Roll warm cookies in confectioners' sugar. Cool on wire racks.
  • Yield: about 2-1/2 dozen.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 each) equals 99 calories, 6 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 16 mg cholesterol, 62 mg sodium, 10 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 1 g protein.