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Maraschino cherries dot the center of these holiday cookies. Almond extract gives them rich flavor.

Source: Midwest Living


Recipe Summary

30 mins
2 mins
12 hrs
12 hrs 32 mins
About 48 cookies


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Instructions Checklist
  • In a large mixing bowl, beat butter and shortening with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add sugar; beat until combined, scraping sides of bowl occasionally. Beat in almond extract and salt until combined. Beat in as much of the flour as you can with the mixer. Stir in any remaining flour; continue stirring until dough comes together, or use your hands to knead dough, if necessary.

  • Shape dough into 1-inch balls. Place balls about 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Press your thumb into the center of each ball. Drain maraschino cherries. Pat cherries dry with paper towels. Cut each cherry in half. Place a cherry half, cut side down, in the indentation of each cookie.

  • Bake in a 350 degree F oven for 12 to 14 minutes or until bottoms are lightly browned. Cool on cookie sheet 2 minutes. Transfer cookies to wire racks and cool completely. Makes about 48 cookies.

Nutrition Facts

69 calories; fat 4g; cholesterol 8mg; saturated fat 2g; carbohydrates 8g; protein 1g; vitamin a 97.2IU; sodium 46mg; iron 0.4mg.