Thursday, February 5, 2015

Cherry Winks

This delicious recipe was given to me by my mother-in-law. I consider myself lucky to get amazing recipes passed down to me from both sides of the family! Matt considers himself pretty lucky, too. Typically we make it for a Christmas cookie. However sometimes life gets too busy and you buy enough for two batches, but only have enough time to make one. Then the second batch magically turns into a Valentine's Day cookie! With the red cherries and pretty pink insides, they definitely work for either holiday!

Cherry Winks
2 1/4c. flour
2t. baking powder
1/2t. salt
3/4c. butter, softened
1c. sugar
2 eggs
2T. milk
1t. vanilla
4 2/3c. crushed cornflakes, divided
1c. chopped nuts (or an extra cup of cornflakes if you are going nut free)*
1/3c. finely chopped maraschino cherries
15 whole maraschino cherries, cut into quarters

1. Preheat oven to 350F. 
2. In a large mixing bowl, beat butter and sugar until fluffy. Add eggs and beat well. 
3. Stir in milk and vanilla. 
4. Mix flour, baking powder, and salt. Stir flour mixture and 2 2/3c. cornflakes into butter mixture. Mix well. 
5. Stir in nuts* and chopped cherries. 
6. Shape by teaspoonfuls into balls. 
7. Roll balls in remaining 2c. cornflakes. Place on greased cookie sheets and top each cookie with a quartered cherry. 
8. Bake 12-14 minutes or until lightly browned. 

*If you are going nut free like I did, it basically equates to a box of crushed cornflakes.
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  1. These are perfect for Valentine's Day and look delicious! I'm pinning this so I can make later!

    In Pink

  2. My husband's mom gave me a similar recipe a couple of years ago and they are my favorite cookies around Xmas. She calls them cherry jewels. I agree that they are perfect for V-day! :)

  3. Yum! These look + sound awesome. :)


  4. ElleSees.blogspot.comFebruary 5, 2015 at 7:31 AM

    i have not had these in years!! and now i want them!!! cute for v-day!

  5. Omgsh I think my gma used to make something similar!! Yum!



  6. Yum! These look delicious!

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  8. I love maraschino cherries and this sounds so yummy! Recipes (like this) that are handed down are so special, aren't they? T.

  9. This is beyond my skills....
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  10. They sell this type of cookie a lot in Albania, I did not know what they were called.

  11. This is a family favorite of ours as well! In fact, when Alayna was about Claire's age, she would just eat the cherries off the top! A favorite memory!

  12. Carrie @ Curly Crafty MomFebruary 8, 2015 at 12:13 PM

    My husband loves anything with cherries in it, so I am sure he'd love this treat! With the red cherry in the middle, it'd be perfect for V-Day, too, not just Christmas!