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Frosted Cherry Chip Cookies Recipe

Our family makes these sweets every year for Christmas. The cake-like cookies have bits of maraschino cherries in every bite.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 1 hour Bake: 15 min./batch + cooling YIELD:42 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 jar (10 ounces) maraschino cherries
  • 6 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • FROSTING:
  • 3-1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • Red colored sugar, optional

Directions

  • 1. Drain cherries, reserving 1 tablespoon juice for frosting. Chop cherries and pat dry; set aside. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar. Beat in egg and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with sour cream. Stir in cherries.
  • 2. Drop by tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto greased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 12-15 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool.
  • 3. For frosting, in a bowl, combine the confectioners' sugar, sour cream and reserved cherry juice until smooth. Spread over cookies. Sprinkle with colored sugar if desired. Yield: 3-1/2 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 115 calories, 3 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 13 mg cholesterol, 64 mg sodium, 22 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 1 g protein.