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Cherry-Almond Ornament Cookies

Pastry shop perfect, these pretty little cookies pair the super compatible flavors of cherry and almond. To keep maraschino cherries from running into the frosting, blot them dry with a paper towel before applying to the cookie top, and do so no more than a few hours before serving.

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  • Yields: 30 to 36 cookies
  • Prep: 35 mins
  • Bake: 14 mins to 15 mins 325°F per batch

Cherry-Almond Ornament Cookies

Directions

  1. Place maraschino cherries on paper towels to drain while preparing cookies. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl combine butter and cream cheese. Beat with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds. Add sugar, almond extract, and salt. Beat until combined, scraping sides of bowl occasionally. Beat in half of the flour just until combined. Beat in candied cherries and the remaining flour.
  3. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to 1/2 inch thick. Using a 1-1/2- to 2-inch fluted round cutter, cut out dough. Place cutouts 1 inch apart on prepared cookie sheet.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven for 14 to 15 minutes or until bottoms are light brown. Cool on cookie sheet for 2 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack; cool completely. Pipe or spoon Cherry-Almond Frosting onto cookie centers. Top each cookie with a maraschino cherry.

From the Test Kitchen

Layer unfrosted cookies between sheets of waxed paper in an airtight container. Store at room temperature for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months. To serve, thaw cookies, if frozen. Frost and top cookies as directed in Step 4.

Cherry-Almond Frosting

Directions

  1. In a medium bowl combine cream cheese and butter. Beat with an electric mixer on low speed for 30 seconds. Gradually beat in 2 cups powdered sugar. Beat in cherry liqueur or milk. Gradually beat in 1/2 to 1 cup additional powdered sugar to make a frosting of spreading consistency.

Nutrition Facts (Cherry-Almond Ornament Cookies)

  • Per serving:
  • 179 kcal cal.,
  • 8 g fat
  • (5 g sat. fat,
  • 0 g polyunsaturated fat,
  • 2 g monounsatured fat),
  • 21 mg chol.,
  • 79 mg sodium,
  • 26 g carb.,
  • 0 g fiber,
  • 15 g sugar,
  • 1 g pro.
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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