Holiday Hideaways Recipe
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 2/3 cup butter-flavored shortening
- 1 egg
- 1 tablespoon whole milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1-3/4 cups King Arthur Unbleached 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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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.
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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