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Yuletide Cherry Cookies

Crispy on the outside, these eye-catching cherry-topped cookies are chewy and tender on the inside. They're a big hit whenever I take them to holiday parties or cookie exchanges! —Verna Hofer, Mitchell, South Dakota
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + chilling Bake: 15 min.
  • Makes
    2-1/2 dozen

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 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

  • 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.
  • 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.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 72 calories, 4g fat (3g saturated fat), 11mg cholesterol, 69mg sodium, 9g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.
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