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Yuletide Cherry Cookies

 Yuletide Cherry Cookies
Crispy on the outside, these eye-catching cherry-topped cookies are chewy and tender on the inside. They're a great hit whenever I take them to holiday parties or cookie exchanges!
30 ServingsPrep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 15 min.


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 package (3 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Almond Extract
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup crushed crisp rice cereal
  • 15 red and/or green maraschino cherries, halved and patted dry


  • In a large bowl, cream the butter, cream cheese and sugar. Beat in
  • almond extract. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; gradually
  • add to the creamed mixture. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour or
  • until easy to handle.
  • Shape dough into 1-in. balls; roll in crushed cereal. Place 2 in.
  • apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 350° for 12-15 minutes
  • or until lightly browned. Immediately press a cherry half into the
  • center of each cookie. Remove to wire racks to cool. Yield: 2-1/2
  • dozen.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 each) equals 72 calories, 4 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 11 mg cholesterol, 69 mg sodium,

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Nutritional Facts: 9 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 1 g protein.