Cherry Amaretto Cookies

IMG_7945Hello friends–  It’s almost Christmas around here!  Set out with my sis Lulu for our 14 hour shop-a-thon on Saturday–more fun!!  Check.  Mailed a hefty box of gifts to the grand-girls in China.  Check. Picked out a friendly, if slightly crooked, tree with Larry and set it aglow. Check. Welcoming wreath on the door.  Check.  Nativity set out and carefully arranged.  Check.  And today!!–Begin to bake!  Checkity-check!  The caroles are playing and the cookies are browning in the oven.  Now all we need is for our kids to walk in the door and it will really be a blessed Christmas!

1/2 cup maraschino cherries, chopped fine
1 cup toasted almonds, chopped to bits
3/4 cup butter
1/4 cup cream cheese
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp. amaretto*
1/4 tsp. salt
2 1/2 cups flour
plus more for rolling out the cookies

IMG_7938Chop the cherries and almonds and set aside.  With an electric mixer combine the butter, cream cheese, sugar and amaretto.  Then add in the salt and flour.  Mix until the dough likes like coarse crumbs.  Then add in the cherries and almonds.  Continue to mix until the dough becomes one stiff ball.

Sprinkle the counter with a dusting of flour and roll out the dough with a rolling pin to about 1/4″ thick.  Cut out those cookies and pop them in the oven at 350 degrees for 14-16 minutes, until they just start to brown around the edges.

This makes about 6 dozen smallish cookies– a few for us now– and more to freeze for Christmas week.  Not too sweet, buttery and crispy… yummy.


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