Cherry Winks

I wonder how many of you grew up with these cookies too? My mom used to make these cookies every year at Christmas time, it was tradition. Wondering where this recipe came from, I looked on the web and discovered it won the Pillsbury Bakeoff in 1950! So there you have it, probably many moms made these cookies for their families in the 50’s and 60’s and beyond. You can find the original recipe by Ruth Derousseau at pillsbury.com, I made a couple changes. Merry Christmas, Happy Traditions!

Cherry Winks

3/4 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 Tbl maraschino cherry juice
1 tsp vanilla
2 eggs
3 drops red food color
2¼ cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup chopped pecans
1/3 cup chopped maraschino cherries, patted dry with paper towels
1½ cups coarsely crushed corn flakes cereal
15 maraschino cherries, quartered

Preheat oven to 375°. In large bowl, beat butter and sugar with electric mixer. Beat in maraschino cherry juice, vanilla, eggs, and red food color. Mix in flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Stir in pecans and the 1/3 cup chopped cherries. Cover and refrigerate 15 minutes for easier handling. Spray cookie sheets with cooking spray or line with silpat. With cookie scoop, drop ball of dough into crushed corn flake crumbs; coat thoroughly. Place on cookie sheet and lightly press maraschino cherry quarter into top of each ball. Bake 10-15 minutes (depending on the size) or until light golden brown. Cool 1 minute; remove from cookie sheets to cooling racks.

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