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Cherry cookies

CHERRY COOKIES

These Cherry Cookies are so pretty, and they’re really delicious.  They would make a great addition to a Buffet Table, or a Cookie Tray, or anywhere you decide to serve them.  The delicate Pink color is so gorgeous, and the flavors are really wonderful.  You could even serve these at a Brunch, or Luncheon, and they’re sure to be a hit.   Keep this one in your favorites.

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HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED FOR THE COOKIES:
2 Sticks of Butter – softened

1 cup of Sugar

1 Tablespoon of Vanilla

1 Egg

3 cups of Flour

1 Tablespoon of Baking Powder

FOR THE FROSTING:

1 stick of Butter – softened

8 ounces of Cream Cheese – softened
1/2 teaspoon of Vanilla

1 Tablespoon of Heavy Cream

1  32 ounce bag of Powdered Sugar

1/3 cup of Maraschino Cherry Juice – from the Jar

1 Jar of Maraschino Cherry’s – with Stems

HERE’S WHAT YOU DO:

In the mixing bowl of a stand mixer, using the Whisk attachment, add the Butter, Sugar, Vanilla, and Egg, and blend until light and fluffy.  In a separate bowl, add the Flour, and Baking Powder, and stir well to blend. Add the Flour a little at a time and mix on low to blend, until all the Flour is added.  Remove the Whisk attachment, and use the paddle.  Continue to blend the Cookie dough until it’s completely blended and a smooth ball starts to form.  Scrape down the mixing bowl as needed.


Line two cookie sheets with Parchment paper, and roll the cookie dough into small balls, about 1 inch balls, and place the balls on the Parchment paper. Bake at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes, or just until the cookies start to turn a light golden brown around the edges.  About half way through baking the cookies, check the oven, and the cookies may have started to crack a little.  Take a flat bottom glass, dip it in Sugar before lightly applying to each cookie – smash the cookies very gently, and slightly, making them a little flatter, and spread out a little more.  This will give the cookies the crinkle look
When the cookies are done, remove from the oven to a wire rack to cool completely.  While cookies are cooling, make the Frosting.


Place cherries on a paper towel to drain juice before placing on top of cookies.

In the mixing bowl of a stand mixer, add the softened Butter, and Cream Cheese, and blend to combine. Add the Vanilla, and Heavy Cream, and mix.   Add the Powdered Sugar and the Cherry Juice a little at a time, blending after each addition, until the Frosting is smooth and fluffy.  This will give the Frosting the delicate Pink Color, and a wonderful Cherry Cream Cheese flavor.

Using Plastic wrap (Glad wrap) tear off a piece about 12 inches wide, and place the Frosting length-wise in the middle of the plastic wrap; it will look like a long ribbon of Frosting.  Then, roll the plastic wrap around the Frosting, making sure to keep it long, or length-wise like a long ribbon. Twist the ends of the plastic wrap SEE PHOTO –  Snip the end off of the Plastic wrap, on one end only, and place it in a Pastry bag with the large Star Tip.  Pipe the Frosting onto the cookies, using a swirling motion, and bring it up to a point.  Place a Cherry on the top of each cookie.   Allow the Frosting to set or firm up a bit, about 30 minutes.   Serve, and Enjoy!
Makes approximately 40 Cookies

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