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Holiday Hideaways Recipe
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Holiday Hideaways Recipe

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People eagerly anticipate these tasty cookies as part of our "season's eatings" each year. The surprise cherry center surrounded by a fluffy cookie makes this treat especially fun. With the chocolate coating, they're almost like candy—and always the first to go! —Marianne Blazowich Jeannette, Pennsylvania
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 10 min. + cooling
MAKES:27 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 10 min. + cooling
MAKES: 27 servings

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2/3 cup butter-flavored shortening
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 jars (10 ounces each) maraschino cherries, well drained
  • 10 ounces white candy coating, divided
  • 4 tablespoons butter-flavored shortening, divided
  • 8 ounces dark chocolate candy coating, coarsely chopped
  • Finely chopped pecans

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (2 each) equals 227 calories, 12 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 8 mg cholesterol, 85 mg sodium, 29 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 1 g protein.

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, cream sugar and shortening until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg, milk and vanilla. Combine dry ingredients; gradually add to the creamed mixture and mix well.
  2. Form 2 teaspoons of dough into a ball. Flatten ball with a glass coated with cooking spray. Place a cherry in the center; roll dough around cherry. Repeat with remaining dough and cherries. Place balls 2-in. apart on ungreased baking sheets.
  3. Bake at 350° for 10-12 minutes or until set and the edges are lightly browned. Cool 1 minute before removing to wire racks to cool completely.
  4. Grate 2 oz. white candy coating; set aside. In a microwave, melt remaining white coating with 2 tablespoons shortening; stir until smooth. Melt dark coating with remaining shortening in a microwave; stir until smooth.
  5. Dip half the cookies into white coating; allowing excess to drip off. Place on waxed paper. Sprinkle with pecans. Dip the remaining cookies in dark coating; allow excess to drip off. Place on waxed paper. Sprinkle with grated white coating. Let stand until set. Store in a covered container in the refrigerator. Yield: about 4-1/2 dozen.
Editor's Note: Confectionery coating is found in the baking section of most grocery stores. It is sometimes labeled "almond bark" or "candy coating" and is often sold in bulk package of 1 to 1-1/2 pounds.
Originally published as Holiday Hideaways in Taste of Home December/January 1997, p29

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (2 each) equals 227 calories, 12 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 8 mg cholesterol, 85 mg sodium, 29 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 1 g protein.

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Reviewed Sep. 4, 2011

We make these wonderful cookies each December. They are time-consuming to roll and tedious to dip and decorate, but they are so worth it because they're the star of the holiday cookie tray.

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Reviewed Apr. 4, 2011

I first made these cookies about 12 years ago. I took some to a church social. One of the ladies there, who didn't know I had brought them, remarked on how pretty the cookies were and she aked someone if they were homemade. I was very pleased with her comments. I made these cookies a lot for several years. I had forgotten about them until I recently saw this recipe while searching for something else. I plan to make these again soon, maybe for Easter this year.

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