Thank You!

Thank You stampThank you to all of the ladies who came to my Open House on Sunday!  It was quite a party and I could not have done it with the help of our gracious hostess, Joann Jacks.  The delicious desserts were provided by my mother, Barbara Miller, and Jasmine Bennett.  Many of you had a chance to hear the story behind Mom’s special cherry cookies.  As a special treat, she’s agreed that I can share the recipe here.

Cookie Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 6 – 7 dozen maraschino cherries

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  In a large mixer bowl, blend shortening, butter, sugar and egg on low speed.  Gradually add the dry ingredients then add the vanilla.  If dough does not come together up to 3 tablespoons of milk may be added.  Once dough has formed, use roughly one teaspoon of dough for each cookie.  Shape into a ball around a cherry.  Bake cookies 10-12 minutes and set aside to cool.

Glaze ingredients

  • 2 cups confectioners sugar
  • water
  • food coloring
  • decorator sugars

Mix confectioners sugar with a small amount of water to form a thin glaze.  Divide into bowls and color as desired.  Dip top of cooled cookie into glaze.  While glaze is wet, roll top of cookie in decorator sugar.  Allow glaze to dry.  Makes 6 to 7 dozen cookies.

Be sure to let me know if you try the recipe, but be warned.  Mom’s cherry cookies are addictive!

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