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Ho Ho Surprises

Ho Ho SurprisesDelight family and friends with these tasty cookies that have a sweet red or green cherry surprise in the middle!

Recipe Ingredients:

48 red or green maraschino cherries (about one 16-ounce jar)
1 cup butter or margarine, softened
1/3 cup confectioners' sugar (powdered sugar)
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
Confectioners' sugar (powdered sugar)

Cooking Directions:

  1. Drain maraschino cherries thoroughly on paper towels; set aside. Put butter and 1/3 cup confectioners' sugar in a large mixing bowl. Beat with an electric mixer on medium speed 3 to 4 minutes, or until well mixed. Stir in almond extract. Add flour and salt; mix well. Stir in pecans.
  2. Shape about 2 teaspoons dough around each cherry. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet about 1 inch apart.
  3. Bake in a preheated 375°F (190°C) oven 12 to 15 minutes, or until set but not brown.
  4. Roll in confectioners' sugar while still warm. Let cool. If desired, roll in confectioners' sugar again.

Makes 4 dozen cookies.

Recipe provided courtesy of the Cherry Marketing Institute.