Shortbread-like cookie with a cherry tucked in the center. Frost with a tinted buttercream icing.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
10 mins
additional:
10 mins
total:
30 mins
Servings:
18
Yield:
3 dozen
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Ingredients

18
Original recipe yields 18 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Blend together the butter, egg yolks, vanilla, salt, confectioners' sugar and flour.

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  • Take small amount of dough in hand , flatted out and wrap around drained cherry. ( I use a combination of red and green cherries and tint the icing to match the color of the cherry. )

  • Bake on ungreased cookie sheet at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) until golden brown (about 10 minutes).

  • Cool and dip in tinted butter icing. Roll in coconut flakes. ENJOY!

Nutrition Facts

199 calories; protein 2.3g 5% DV; carbohydrates 21.6g 7% DV; fat 11.5g 18% DV; cholesterol 49.9mg 17% DV; sodium 144.5mg 6% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (6)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
12/24/2005
Absolutely wonderful. The final product comes out rather sweet but I found that the cookies had a tendency to crumble (as shortbread-type cookies do) if the frosting was too thick. Problem easily solved though by thinning the frosting. Definitely a keeper! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
08/29/2002
Dry dough..Definately needs frosting Read More
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7 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 4
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
12/23/2005
Absolutely wonderful. The final product comes out rather sweet but I found that the cookies had a tendency to crumble (as shortbread-type cookies do) if the frosting was too thick. Problem easily solved though by thinning the frosting. Definitely a keeper! Read More
(5)
Rating: 5 stars
07/08/2009
I love these cookies! My grandmother has made them for years but only recently did I find out that her name for them is "maidenhead cookies"!... hahaha still very irresistable! Read More
(4)
Rating: 2 stars
08/29/2002
Dry dough..Definately needs frosting Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/02/2015
These are my favourite christmas cookie! The recipe is perfect but how you make them makes a big difference. We have made them 6 times now and I think we have perfected the technique: 1. Instead of mixing all the ingredients add them one at a time and mix between each. don t forget the almond extract! It s missing from the instructions. 2. strain the cherries before you start baking so they re not super juicy. This makes them easier to roll 3. use only a tablespoon of dough per cherry. The recipe will yield about 35 cookies and they won t seem dry 4. My bake time was 20 minutes 5. instead of icing and coconut I use the maraschino juice thickened with icing sugar. Dip the cookie top in then dip it in toasted crushed almonds. Perfection! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/15/2003
Awesome cookie. Soft and sweet. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/02/2017
One of my favorite holiday cookies a soft shortbread type with a cherry accent peeking out the top. I have never iced them but might add that next time. Read More
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