Christmas Cherry Balls

10
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!

Blue Ribbon Recipe

This cookie is a great treat anytime but will be a beautiful addition to your Christmas cookies. They bake soft and tender with chunks of cherries and nuts. The cookie itself is not overly sweet. Once the glaze is added there is just the right amount of sweetness. In the Test Kitchen, we added almond flavoring and loved that flavor combined the sweetness of the cherry. Very festive! The Test Kitchen


Rating:

★★★★★ 2 votes

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

Ingredients

  • FOR COOKIES

  • 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
    all-purpose flour
  • ·
    nuts, chopped
  • ·
    red food coloring
  • FOR ICING

  • 1 1/2 c
    powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp
    almond extract
  • ·
    enough cherry juice and water to thin the glaze to proper consistency

How to Make Christmas Cherry Balls

Step-by-Step

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix together oil, eggs, milk, cherry juice, and vanilla or almond flavoring.
  2. Sift together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a separate bowl.
  3. Add red food coloring to color desired. Then gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet.
  4. Stir in chopped cherries and nuts. The dough will be very thick.
  5. Form into balls.
  6. Bake 10-12 minutes.
  7. Frost 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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