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Cherry Winks

According to family lore, this recipe was developed by Kellogg's of Battle Creek, Mich., the corn flake manufacturers.

1 (10-ounce) jar maraschino cherries
1 cup shortening (at least half butter)
1 cup brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup white sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
2 1/2 cups sifted flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup pitted, cut-up dates
1/2 cup pecans, broken into pieces

Cut 13 maraschino cherries in half, end to end, then again in thirds to make moon-shaped sections. This makes the "wink." Reserve remaining cherries.

In large bowl with electric mixer, cream shortening (we used all butter) and sugars until light and fluffy. Add eggs; mix well. Combine dry ingredients and add to mixture. Mix well.

Chop remaining maraschino cherries. Fold in cherries, dates and pecans until dispersed through mixture.

With a teaspoon, form dough into ball and roll in crushed corn flakes. Use generously, as they disappear as cookies spread on pan. Put one-sixth cherry in center of ball. Put on lightly greased cookie sheet. Bake in preheated 350-degree oven for 10 to 15 minutes. Makes 6 1/2 dozen.

Ann Garner

Thursday, December 06, 2001

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