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Cherry No-Bake Cookies

I've always loved my no-bake cookie recipe, but I was never able to place at the fair with it. So I mixed in some maraschino cherries, added a few drops of almond extract, and voila! We won a blue ribbon at the county fair in 2010. —Denise Wheeler, Newaygo, Michigan
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    about 5-1/2 dozen

Ingredients

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 6 tablespoons 2% milk
  • 3 tablespoons baking cocoa
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 3 cups quick-cooking oats
  • 1 jar (10 ounces) maraschino cherries, well drained and finely chopped

Directions

  • In a large saucepan, combine sugar, butter, milk and cocoa. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Cook and stir 3 minutes.
  • Remove from heat; stir in peanut butter and extracts until blended. Stir in oats and cherries. Drop mixture by tablespoonfuls onto waxed paper-lined baking sheets. Refrigerate until set. Store in airtight containers.



Test Kitchen tips
  • Cherries are jam-packed with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals that are good for your health. To sweeten the deal, they’re low in calories, too.
  • Check out more winning recipes that took home the blue ribbon.
  • Nutrition Facts
    1 cookie: 81 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 4mg cholesterol, 29mg sodium, 11g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.
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