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Secret Ingredient Drop Cookies

 Secret Ingredient Drop Cookies
Cottage cheese is the secret to making these cake-like cookies moist and tender. With candied cherries, they're a Christmas favorite.
42 ServingsPrep: 30 min. Bake: 10 min./batch

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup 4% small-curd cottage cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped candied pineapple
  • 22 red or green candied cherries, halved

Directions

  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat
  • in the cottage cheese, egg and extracts. Combine the flour, baking
  • soda and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Stir
  • in pineapple.
  • Drop by tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto greased baking sheets. Top
  • each with a cherry half. Bake at 375° for 10-12 minutes or until
  • lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool. Yield: 44 cookies.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 each) equals 74 calories, 2 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 11 mg cholesterol, 80 mg sodium, 12 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 1 g protein.