Sunday, June 20, 2010

Cherry Nuggets

Recently while searching for a new and different cookie to make for a co-worker's baby shower, I came upon this recipe and decided to try it. Not only is it easy, fast and "no fuss", it produces delicious little morsels that also are very lovely to behold. Because of this, I decided to not only post this recipe, but also to add it to my repertoire for Christmas baking. One of the baby shower attendees suggested making some with red cherries and some with green cherries, which would make a colorful seasonal display at Christmas. The original recipe indicated that the yield would be 48 cookies, however, I must have made them a little bigger, as my yield was only about 35 or 36. Enjoy!


1 cup butter
3 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon almond extract
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup finely chopped nuts
24 maraschino cherries, halved

Cream the butter and cream cheese together. Add the sugar, egg and almond extract and mix together until well-blended. Mix the dry ingredients together in a separate bowl and then stir into the creamed mixture. Chill the dough thoroughly.

When dough is thoroughly chilled, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Form the chilled dough into 1-inch balls. Roll the balls in the chopped nuts and place them on an ungreased cookie sheet. Press a cherry half into the center of each cookie.

Bake at 350 degrees for 10 to 15 minutes. Makes 48 dainty cookies (less if a little larger).