Petite, Nutty Cookies with a Cherry on Top
This is an easy but special shortbread cookie recipe, the cookies rolled in nuts and adorned with a maraschino cherry on top. A jewel among tea party recipes or whatever occasion calls for a special cookie.
The cookies shown are slightly larger than called for. That's what happens when your sous chef is 7 years old and impatient; you get fewer but larger cookies, sooner. Nut optional, by the way.
1 cup butter or shortening
3 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon almond extract
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup very finely chopped nuts (optional)
24 maraschino cherries, halved
Cream the butter or shortening and cream cheese together. Add the sugar, egg and almond extract.
Sift the dry ingredients together and stir into the creamed mixture. Chill the dough thoroughly.
Form the chilled dough into 1-inch balls. Roll the balls in the chopped nuts, if you're using them, and place them on an ungreased cookie sheet.
Press a cherry half into the center of each cookie.
Bake at 350° for 10 to 15 minutes.
Makes 48 cookies.