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Cherry Almond Chews

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. Bake: 15 min./batch

Makes

about 7 dozen

I make these attractive cherry coconut cookies every Christmas for family and friends. During that busy time of year, I appreciate the fact that they freeze well, so I can make them ahead.
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 3/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2-1/2 cups sweetened shredded coconut
  • 3/4 cup chopped almonds or pecans, optional
  • 1 jar (16 ounces) maraschino cherries, drained and halved

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, cream shortening and sugars until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in extract. Combine flour, baking soda and salt; gradually add to the creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in coconut and nuts if desired.
  2. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls 2 in. apart onto lightly greased baking sheets. Place a cherry half in the center of each. Bake at 350° for 12-14 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool.

Nutrition Facts

2 each: 152 calories, 7g fat (3g saturated fat), 10mg cholesterol, 106mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (16g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.

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