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Holiday Hideaways

 Holiday Hideaways
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
27 ServingsPrep: 25 min. Bake: 10 min. + cooling

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 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

Directions

  • 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.

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Directions (continued)

  • 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.
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.
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.