I tweaked a recipe a friend gave me years ago and added cherries, almond flavoring and an almond glaze and they turned out so much better than the original! My family went crazy over them. To make things even better, they are a cinch to make.
The batter is so soft and easy to work with and the final results just melt in your mouth.
These delicious cookies would be great to add to your cookie trays for the holidays.
In a large bowl, beat together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the extracts.
Mix the salt and flour and add to the butter mixture a little at a time until all is beaten in.
2In a bowl, spoon out preserves and I chop the cherries up with a spoon, just so they aren't left whole.
3Roll in the palm of your hand about 1 inch round balls and place on prepared pan about 1 inch apart. Use your thumb and indent the dough, not clear through, just enough that you can fill each cookie with 1/2 - 3/4 tsp of preserves.
4Bake just until they begin to brown on the bottom, yet are nice and white on the sides and top - about 15 minutes.
5Remove cookies to cooling rack and make the glaze while they cool.
6Whisk together the sugar, almond extract and milk. Take a small baggie and roll down the top, spoon in the glaze and cut a small hole on the one corner. Pipe glaze over each cookie in a swirled motion.
7Dig in, they are delicious!
8Original recipe for which I tweaked. I loved my changes. :)