We finally arrived at our first holiday destination - Houston. Hooray! Now it's time for some eating, drinking, family revelry and overall relaxation.
And what's the first thing I do when I arrive?
Grab a cherry wink cookie.
These are my absolute FAVORITE holiday cookies. They are delicious and moist and are a family staple of the season. And by the way, the dough is just as good, if not better, than the cookie itself - oh yea, I was raised in that kind of family. Recipe below.
From my family to yours, enjoy!
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking soda
1 1/3 c chopped pecans
Maraschino cherries, drained and halved
Now let's all go get our bake on.
I c shortening
3 oz cream cheese, softened
1 c granulated sugar
1 tsp almond extract
2 1/2 c flour
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Cream shortening and cream cheese in your mixer. Gradually add sugar, beating until light and fluffy.
Add egg and almond extract. Beat well.
In a separate bowl, combine flour, salt and baking soda. Gradually stir into shortening mixture.
Chill dough for at least 1 hour (up to 8 hours)
Shape into 1 in balls by hand. Roll in chopped pecans and place on an uncreased cookie sheet. Gently press a cherry half into the center of each cookie.
Bake for 16 to 18 minutes..
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