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Holiday Hideaways

Total Time

Prep: 25 min. Bake: 10 min. + cooling

Makes

about 4-1/2 dozen

People eagerly anticipate these tasty cookies as part of our "season's eatings" each year. The surprise cherry center surrounded by a fluffy cookie makes this treat especially fun. With the chocolate coating, they're almost like candy—and always the first to go! —Marianne Blazowich, Jeannette, Pennsylvania
Holiday Hideaways Recipe photo by Taste of Home
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Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2/3 cup butter-flavored shortening
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 jars (10 ounces each) maraschino cherries, well drained
  • 10 ounces white candy coating, divided
  • 4 tablespoons butter-flavored shortening, divided
  • 8 ounces dark chocolate candy coating, coarsely chopped
  • Finely chopped pecans

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, cream sugar and shortening until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg, milk and vanilla. Combine dry ingredients; gradually add to the creamed mixture and mix well.
  2. Form 2 teaspoons of dough into a ball. Flatten ball with a glass coated with cooking spray. Place a cherry in the center; roll dough around cherry. Repeat with remaining dough and cherries. Place balls 2-in. apart on ungreased baking sheets.
  3. Bake at 350° for 10-12 minutes or until set and the edges are lightly browned. Cool 1 minute before removing to wire racks to cool completely.
  4. Grate 2 oz. white candy coating; set aside. In a microwave, melt remaining white coating with 2 tablespoons shortening; stir until smooth. Melt dark coating with remaining shortening in a microwave; stir until smooth.
  5. Dip half the cookies into white coating; allowing excess to drip off. Place on waxed paper. Sprinkle with pecans. Dip the remaining cookies in dark coating; allow excess to drip off. Place on waxed paper. Sprinkle with grated white coating. Let stand until set. Store in a covered container in the refrigerator.

Nutrition Facts

2 each: 227 calories, 12g fat (7g saturated fat), 8mg cholesterol, 85mg sodium, 29g carbohydrate (22g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.

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