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Yuletide Cherry Cookies Recipe

Yuletide Cherry Cookies Recipe

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!
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 15 min. YIELD:30 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 package (3 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon 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

Directions

  • 1. 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.
  • 2. 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, 9 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 1 g protein.