Cute 'Cherries in a Blanket' cookies. This recipe goes back at least three generations. My grandma made them, my mom made them, now I make them!

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Ingredients

24
Original recipe yields 24 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a medium bowl, stir together the shortening and cream cheese until well blended. Stir in the flour, you may need to use your hands to help it form a dough. If the mixture seems too dry, add a couple of teaspoons of water. Cover and chill several hours or overnight.

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

  • Before rolling out the dough, dust the rolling surface heavily with confectioners' sugar. Roll the dough out to 1/8 inch thickness. Cut into 1x4 inch strips. Place a cherry on the end of each strip. Roll up each strip starting with the cherry. Place on prepared cookie sheets and dust with a little of the confectioners' sugar.

  • Bake for 7 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven. Cookies should brown slightly. Dust again with the confectioners' sugar. Allow cookies to cool before serving, the cherries are very hot!

Cook's Notes:

Don't be afraid to use the powdered sugar generously the dough absorbes about a cup!

You can use half shortening, half butter if you prefer, and add a pinch of salt.

Nutrition Facts

151.2 calories; protein 1.5g 3% DV; carbohydrates 22.7g 7% DV; fat 6.2g 10% DV; cholesterol 5.1mg 2% DV; sodium 14.3mg 1% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
12/17/2003
i love this recipe. my great aunt makes them but instead of dusting them with powdered sugar dips them in red icing (like the buttercream icing on the back of the powdered sugar box) and rolls them in coconut. she also soaks the cherries in rum the night before she makes them. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
12/06/2016
This needs salt! I used unsalted butter and less flour. The dough was okay. When I made similar cookies as a kid we also wrapped the dough around walnuts and dates. Read More
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  • 4 star values: 14
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: 4 stars
12/17/2003
i love this recipe. my great aunt makes them but instead of dusting them with powdered sugar dips them in red icing (like the buttercream icing on the back of the powdered sugar box) and rolls them in coconut. she also soaks the cherries in rum the night before she makes them. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/13/2008
Good recipe very similar to my grammas. I take the dough and wrap it around the maraschino cherries that have stems and then sprinkle them with red sugar crystals before they bake. Its like cookie covered cherries. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/14/2005
These were wonderful and a very nice change of pace! I made them at a cookie bake/exchange and they were a huge hit! There were many basic cookies and alot of chocolate ones so these really stood out and looked very festive. Although they were a lot of work everyone complimented me and said how they were worth all the work that went into them (of course they weren't the ones making them - lol). And I made 6 batches of them! Next time I'll probably make some prior to the get-together to have for home and make less to exchange. After all if I'm going to that much effort I want some for myself. Thanks for the recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/26/2008
I really liked these. But of course I like almost all cream cheese cookies. I didn't use shortening I used butter. It seemed to make them a little richer. I also chilled my dough before making them into cookies. The end product was lovely. I had to freeze the survivors in small batches so I didn't gorge myself. TIP: You don't have to sift your powdered sugar here. I measured out what was needed and just ran my big wisk through the sugar. Works like a charm. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/15/2003
My husband loves these. I added some powdered sugar to the dough. I hated to give them away as gifts when I could be eating them at home! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
12/06/2016
This needs salt! I used unsalted butter and less flour. The dough was okay. When I made similar cookies as a kid we also wrapped the dough around walnuts and dates. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/07/2010
The recipe as is was ok; but I would only give it 3 out of 5 stars. The dough did not roll well and when it baked is cracked and the cookies did not look pretty. I added a beaten egg to the dough and it made all the difference in the world. The dough was then easy to roll. It did require additional baking time (2-3 minutes) but the results were tremendous. The cookies cake out looking just like the ones in the picture. I also highly recommend soaking the cherries in a good rum for a few days. These where the hit of the holidays. The last thing I did with these cookies was dip the tops in dark chocolate. You need a dark chocolate because milk chocolate is just a little too sweet. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/15/2003
I made these last year for Christmas and am making them again this year. These are very cute and tasty. It is nice to make different cookies that are not well known. It makes giving them more fun. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/24/2018
So cute and really tasty. patience and time. I used butter and rolled chopped pecans. when I ran out of cherries (I always double this recipe; 90! cherries) I rolled it out with cinnamon and sugar and cut pinwheels. was dry but I used cherry juice to help it stick. tricky but worth it. second time and very consistent. Read More
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