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Italian Cherry Cookies

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  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 10 minutes
  • Servings: 10

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup plus 1 teaspoon for frosting vegetable shortening
  • 1/2 cup maraschino cherry juice
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3 cups flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon divided almond extract
  • 1/2 cup chopped maraschino cherries
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts
  • 1 (16 oz) box confectioner's sugar
  • 1 dash milk
  • 1 dash red food coloring

Directions

Preheat oven to 350º.

In a medium bowl, add sugar, 1/2 cup vegetable shortening and maraschino cherry juice. Mix with an electric hand mixer until combined. Add egg, salt, baking powder, flour, 1/4 teaspoon almond extract, chopped maraschino cherries and finely chopped walnuts. Mix until a dough forms.

Using a teaspoon or scoop, form the cookie dough into balls and place on a parchment lined sheet tray. Bake for 8-9 minutes.

In another medium bowl, add 1 teaspoon vegetable shortening, confectioner’s sugar, 1/2 teaspoon almond extract, milk and red food coloring. Mix until combined with an electric hand mixer. Frost cookies and enjoy.