Round cookies with maraschino cherry in the center and an almond glaze.
For the cookies:
1-3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup confectioner's sugar
1/2 cup butter or margarine, at room temperature
2 tablespoons half & half or milk
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
about 24 marachino cherries, well drained
For the glaze:
2-1/4 cups confectioners' sugar
3 tablespoons water
1/4 cup light corn syrup, divided
1-1/2 teaspoons vegetable oil
3/4 teaspoons almond extract
3-4 drops food colour
To make the cookies:
Preheat oven 350 degrees. Knead together flour, sugar, butter, half-half and almond extract until well mixed. Shape about 2 tablespoons dough around a well drained marachino cherry and roll into a ball. Place onto ungreased sheets and
press down on each ball gently to flatten out bottoms. Bake for about 15 minutes or until cookies are firm but not brown. Transfer to racks to cool completely.
To make the almond glaze:
In small bowl, mix all glaze ingredients together until smooth. Dip cookies in glaze to coat and set on racks (over paper sheets to catch drips) until dry, about 30 minutes.
Originally posted by "Kathy" to the now-defunct Holiday Cookie Club at Epicurious.com.
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