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Cherry-Almond Balls Recipe

Cherry-Almond Balls Recipe

I have included this treat in my Christmas baking for years, much to the delight of my family. Instead of almonds, I'll sometimes use pecans, and they're equally loved. —Ada Rost, Hernando, Florida
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 15 min./batch + cooling YIELD:30 servings


  • 3/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped almonds
  • 60 red and/or green candied cherries
  • Additional confectioners' sugar


  • 1. In a small bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add vanilla. Combine flour and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in almonds.
  • 2. Roll 1 teaspoon of dough around each cherry. Place on greased baking sheets. Bake at 325° for 15-20 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool slightly; roll in confectioners' sugar. Yield: 5 dozen.

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Cornwall User ID: 1529365 41189
Reviewed Jul. 10, 2014

"Can these be made ahead and frozen?"

seekere User ID: 5180847 43548
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2013


loves2cook1940 User ID: 7258895 38937
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2013

"this recipe is nearly identical to my husbands favorite Christmas treat from my 1961 Betty Crocker cook book that was a wedding gift, recipe called Russian teacakes"

tsuop User ID: 6274346 17726
Reviewed Dec. 22, 2013

"I have made this for many years. It was one of my Mothers favorites. We call it Sugar Plum Surprizes."

linsvin User ID: 1584655 15101
Reviewed Dec. 13, 2010

"I loved these cookies. I didnt find them flour tasting at all! The ease of the recipe is key for me at Christmas time and this fit the bill. So tastey and so pretty..."

THECOOK1 User ID: 1104941 17725
Reviewed Dec. 25, 2009

"my husband did not like these. they were to flourly. I thought 2 cups of flour was an awfu lot."

smythie User ID: 917268 16117
Reviewed Dec. 14, 2009

"Yum! My grandkids love them to."

udderlymooving User ID: 754847 15099
Reviewed Dec. 12, 2009

"I actually added almond extract instead of vanilla. I couldn't find candied cherries so I cut up about 15 maraschino cherries and just added them in with the almonds. I think next time I may even add 1/2 c of coconut. These were VERY good!"

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