Christmas Cherry Balls

Val Paris

By
@gramsgirls

Another traditional Christmas cookie recipe. They're good for any time of year, but they are a must on our cookie platter. This is a combination of many recipes, suited to my oldest daughter's taste. She's the fussy one in the family!


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Prep:

25 Min

Cook:

12 Min

Method:

Bake

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Notes from the Test Kitchen:
This cookie is a great treat anytime but will be beautiful mixed in with your Christmas cookies. In the Test Kitchen, we added almond flavoring and loved that flavor combined with the crunch of the pecans and the sweetness of the cherry. We topped them with a simple glaze and they were fabulous.

Note: For the glaze, we used 4 cups confectioners sugar, 1 tsp of vanilla and 4 tbsp water. Also, we added about 1/2 cup of chopped pecans.

Ingredients

1 1/4 c
oil
1 c
sugar
2
eggs
1/2 c
milk
2 1/2 tsp
baking powder
1/2 tsp
salt
1 tsp
vanilla or almond flavoring
1/4
of a 10 oz. bottle of maraschino cherries, reserving 1/2 of a bottle of cherry juice
5-5 1/2 c
flour
nuts, chopped
red food coloring

Directions Step-By-Step

1
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2
Mix together oil, eggs, milk, cherry juice, and vanilla or almond flavoring.
3
Sift together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
4
Gradually add the wet ingredients to the dry.
5
Add red food coloring to color desired. Stir in chopped cherries and nuts.
6
Form into balls.
7
Bake 10-12 minutes.
8
Frost with your favorite frosting or glaze when cookies are completely cooled. Add sprinkles if desired.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Cookies
Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: Quick & Easy
Hashtags: #Christmas, #cherry, #cookie