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Sugared Cherry Jewels Recipe

Sugared Cherry Jewels Recipe

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.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + chilling Bake: 15 min./batch YIELD:30 servings

Ingredients

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

Directions

  • 1. 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.
  • 2. 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.
  • 3. 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, 18 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 2 g protein.