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Sugared Cherry Jewels

 Sugared Cherry Jewels
The texture and crunch of the sugar coating make these chewy cookies extra special. I love the bright cherry center and the fact that they look lovely in a holiday gift box or tin.
30 ServingsPrep: 25 min. + chilling Bake: 15 min./batch

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup light corn syrup
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1/2 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • Additional sugar
  • 1 jar (10 ounces) maraschino cherries, drained and halved

Directions

  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat
  • in the corn syrup, egg yolks and vanilla. Gradually add the flour
  • and mix well. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour or until easy to
  • handle.
  • Roll into 1-in. balls; roll each ball in additional sugar. Place 2
  • in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Using the end of a wooden
  • spoon handle, make an indentation in the center of each. Press a
  • cherry half in the center.
  • Bake at 325° for 14-16 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove
  • to wire racks to cool. Yield: about 5 dozen.
Nutritional Facts: 2 cookies equals 132 calories, 6 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 31 mg cholesterol, 71 mg sodium,

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Sugared Cherry Jewels (continued)

Nutritional Facts: 18 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 2 g protein.