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Cherry Winks

"These cookies are beautiful to look at, and they taste good, too," said Arlene Williams.

1 cup butter
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
Pinch salt
2 1/2 cups flour
10-ounce jar maraschino cherries, well-drained and cut in half

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease cookie sheets (you can use Pam). Combine butter, sugar, vanilla, salt and flour. Mix well. Dough will be heavy. Take a spoonful of dough and place a cherry half on it. Form into a ball around the cherry, keeping cherry in the center.

Place on baking sheet and bake 15 minutes. Do not let cookies brown. While still warm, drizzle Butter Cream Frosting over top. Place a cherry on top. Makes about 4 dozen cookies.

Butter Cream Frosting:
2 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup softened butter
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup milk

Mix sugar and butter on low speed. Gradually add vanilla and small amount of milk until of spreading consistency.

Note: A glaze is made with two ingredients, water or milk and powdered sugar, and is thin in texture. A frosting has more than two ingredients and is creamier. Either one can cover a variety of ills when a baking mistake occurs.

Thursday, December 07, 2000

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