Cookies are rolled in crushed corn flakes and topped with a quarter of a maraschino cherry.

Sally
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Ingredients

30
Original recipe yields 30 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Lightly grease baking sheets.

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  • Cream the shortening with the sugar. Blend in the eggs, milk and vanilla.

  • Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add the flour mixture to the creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in the chopped pecans, chopped dates and 1/3 cup maraschino cherries.

  • Shape teaspoonful sized chunks of dough into balls. Roll each ball in the crushed corn flakes. Place balls on the prepared baking sheets and top each cookie with 1/4 maraschino cherry.

  • Bake at 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) for 10 to 12 minutes. Let cool completely before storing in airtight containers.

Partner Tip

Reynolds® parchment can be used for easier cleanup/removal from the pan.

Nutrition Facts

164.2 calories; 2 g protein; 21.6 g carbohydrates; 12.5 mg cholesterol; 98.3 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

Reviews (46)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
12/03/2003
My auntie Kay made these 50 yrs ago and there is nothing that reminds me of christmas more than the cherry wink cookies. I had lost my recipe a few years ago. Thank you they are sooooooo delicious. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
12/13/2010
The dough was extremely sticky! There was no way I was able to roll them into balls. I had to use a cookie scoop then drop them into the crushed cornflakes and roll them around with a spoon. Personally I think the cookie is better without the corn flakes. Read More
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58 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 46
  • 4 star values: 9
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
12/03/2003
My auntie Kay made these 50 yrs ago and there is nothing that reminds me of christmas more than the cherry wink cookies. I had lost my recipe a few years ago. Thank you they are sooooooo delicious. Read More
(33)
Rating: 4 stars
12/03/2003
My auntie Kay made these 50 yrs ago and there is nothing that reminds me of christmas more than the cherry wink cookies. I had lost my recipe a few years ago. Thank you they are sooooooo delicious. Read More
(33)
Rating: 5 stars
12/02/2007
This is the classic cherry wink recipe which is staple in our home over the holidays. Another variation is to simply roll the dough in sugar instead of cereal. Although my mom would roll them in coconut upon occasion which is a personal favorite. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/20/2003
Really nice collection of nuts and fruit in each cookie. One of the best cherry wink recipes that I've tried Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/13/2012
This recipe was the grand prize winner in the 2nd (1950) Pillsbury Bake-Off and has graced many a family's Christmas cookie tray for decades. It's wonderful to see it here for another generation to enjoy. Tried and true it never fails to please. In reference to the complaint about maraschino cherries being too wet there is a crucial omission from the recipe. The cherries must be drained before inclusion. Placing them in a single layer on about 3 thicknesses of paper towels for 30-60 minutes is sufficient. Over the years we have morphed the recipe to using half almond extract in place of half of the vanilla because it fortifies and underscores the flavor of the cherries. Cheerful and always festive they'll disappear fast. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/03/2003
this recipe had been in my family for over 25 years and is a holiday standard! It has something in it for everyone! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/19/2003
It just isn't Christmas without these cookies. They are the first ones on my list eveyr year... I've tried making them without the dates and although they are still good...something about the dates makes a big difference and they seem to stay moist longer. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/12/2005
Like several other folks here cherry winks have always been a part of our Christmas and just the smell of them baking evokes wonderful memories of holidays past. Chilling the dough for a half-hour makes it much easier to work with. Thanks Sally this recipe is just like my family's! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/25/2006
A Christmas classic and tradition in this family. This is the EXACT recipe my mom has been cooking for the past 50 years and passed down to me. Perfect for that Christmas cookie tray especially when you use both red and green cherries. My only change (the only differance with moms recipe) Use half of a cherry on the top instead of a quarter!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/20/2009
These are sooo good. Not to sweet just right. Will make again. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
12/13/2010
The dough was extremely sticky! There was no way I was able to roll them into balls. I had to use a cookie scoop then drop them into the crushed cornflakes and roll them around with a spoon. Personally I think the cookie is better without the corn flakes. Read More
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