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Cherry-Almond Ornament Cookies

Yield: 30 to 36 cookies
Prep 35 mins Bake 325°F 14 mins to 15 mins  per batch
Cherry-Almond Ornament Cookies
Ingredients
  • 30 - 36  maraschino cherries with stems
  • 3/4  cup  butter, softened
  • 1/4  cup  cream cheese, softened (2 ounces)
  • 1/2  cup  sugar
  • 1/2  teaspoon  almond extract
  • 1/4  teaspoon  salt
  • 2 1/2  cups  all-purpose flour
  • 1/2  cup  finely chopped candied cherries
  • 1  recipe Cherry-Almond Frosting
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
Ingredients
  • 3  ounces  cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4  cup  butter, softened
  • 2  cups  powdered sugar, plus 1/2 - 1 cup additional
  • 1  tablespoon  cherry liqueur or milk
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)
  • cal. (kcal) 179,
  • Fat, total (g) 8,
  • chol. (mg) 21,
  • sat. fat (g) 5,
  • carb. (g) 26,
  • Monosaturated fat (g) 2,
  • sugar (g) 15,
  • pro. (g) 1,
  • vit. A (IU) 243,
  • Thiamin (mg) 0,
  • Riboflavin (mg) 0,
  • Niacin (mg) 1,
  • Folate (g) 20,
  • sodium (mg) 79,
  • Potassium (mg) 26,
  • calcium (mg) 10,
  • iron (mg) 1,
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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