Christmas Cherry Balls

9
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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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. The Test Kitchen


Rating:

★★★★★ 2 votes

Comments:
Prep:
25 Min
Cook:
12 Min
Method:
Bake

Ingredients

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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

How to Make Christmas Cherry Balls

Step-by-Step

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

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About Christmas Cherry Balls

Course/Dish: Cookies
Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: Quick & Easy




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