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Sugared Cherry Jewels

The texture and crunch of the sugar coating make these chewy cookies extra special. I love the bright cherry center and the fact that they look lovely in a holiday gift box or tin.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. + chilling Bake: 15 min./batch
  • Makes
    about 5 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup light corn syrup
  • 2 large egg yolks, room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • Additional sugar
  • 1 jar (10 ounces) maraschino cherries, drained and halved

Directions

  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the corn syrup, egg yolks and vanilla. Gradually add the flour and mix well. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour or until easy to handle.
  • Roll into 1-in. balls; roll each ball in additional sugar. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Using the end of a wooden spoon handle, make an indentation in the center of each. Press a cherry half in the center.
  • Bake at 325° for 14-16 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool.
Nutrition Facts
2 cookies: 132 calories, 6g fat (4g saturated fat), 31mg cholesterol, 71mg sodium, 18g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.
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