To make the cookies, beat butter, powdered sugar, and egg yolks together until creamy.
Add almond extract and flour.
Measure dough into 1 Tablespoon portions.
Flatten dough into plam of hand. Place 1 pecan half and 1 cherry in middle.
Form dough into a ball to seal them in the middle.
Bake at 350 degrees for 12-14 minutes. The cookies will be light in color.
Cool cookies completely on a rack. Frost the cookies with buttercream frosting using reserved cherry juice (instead of milk). It will turn a pretty pink color. Just mix all the buttercream indredients from above with your electric mixer until desired consistency.
Add some pretty decorations to the top and they're done! Recipe makes about 28-30 cookies. Cookies can be made ahead and frozen.