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Cherry Almond Cups Recipe

Cherry Almond Cups Recipe

"To create these attractive mini-tarts, I adapted a bar cookie recipe I had been making for the holidays for many years," writes Christine Kneebone of Hilbert, Wisconsin. "If you like almond flavor, this cookie is for you!"
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + cooling Bake: 20 min./batch + cooling YIELD:36 servings


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 can (8 ounces) almond paste, cut into cubes
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 18 each red and green maraschino cherries, patted dry
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 square (1 ounce) unsweetened chocolate
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons milk


  • 1. In a small mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar. Beat in vanilla. Combine the flour and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture. Roll into 1-in. balls.
  • 2. Press dough onto the bottoms and up the sides of well-greased miniature muffin cups. Bake at 350° for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool in pans on wire racks.
  • 3. In a small mixing bowl, beat almond paste, butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs. Spoon 2 teaspoonfuls into each cooled cup; top each with a cherry.
  • 4. Bake at 350° for 16-18 minutes or until lightly browned and filling is set. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  • 5. In a microwave-safe bowl, melt butter and chocolate; stir until smooth. Add the confectioners' sugar, vanilla and enough milk to achieve desired consistency. Drizzle over cookies. Yield: 3 dozen.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 117 calories, 7g fat (3g saturated fat), 23mg cholesterol, 63mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.

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Reviewed Dec. 9, 2013

"I love these!! They look really pretty on a Christmas cookie tray, and the taste never disappoints. One thing , though is that I put the cherries on after the cookies are baked, otherwise the cherries sink into the filling"

pat gutshall
Reviewed Dec. 8, 2008

"I made these last year and they are very good and colorful but I didn't put the chocolate glaze on them."

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