Saturday, February 12, 2011

Shakerwood's Christmas Cookies


1 cup butter (no substitutes), softened
1 cup sifted powdered sugar
1/8 tsp salt
2 teaspoons maraschino cherry liquid
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup maraschino cherries (chopped) I prefer mine chopped quite fine, so I run them through my small food processor
granulated sugar
48 Hershey's chocolate kisses

Heat oven to 325 degrees F. Beat butter in a mixing bowl with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add powdered sugar and salt; beat till combined. Beat in cherry liquid and almond extract till combined. Beat in flour until thoroughly mixed and then add cherries; mix well.

Shape dough into 1" balls and then roll in sugar. Place balls 2" apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake 12 minutes. Remove from oven; press an unwrapped candy kiss on each cookie. Return cookies to oven and bake an additional 2 minutes or until cookies are lightly browned on the bottom. Transfer to wire racks; cool. Makes 48.

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