Thursday, December 22, 2016

Italian Cherry Almond Cookies

ACK!  The holidays are almost here!  Are you ready?  Shopping done?  House cleaned? Tree up?  Christmas cards sent?  Guest bedrooms cleaned? BAKING done?

I have done a couple days worth of baking.  My daughter in law and I did a major baking session yesterday.  This year, seeing as it has been a hard year, I just remade some of my favorites, all of which can be found here on the website.

Chocolate Peppermint Candy Cane Cookies
Vanilla Snicker Doodles
Elf Hats

We also made some Rolo's melted in pretzels, peanut butter blossoms, for that I use the ol' Betty Crocker standby recipe, and tweak it just a bit!  We also made these Italian Cherry Almond Cookies my husband requested this year!

I am not going to spend to much time with chitter chatter, time is growing short, and you must make these.  Like...MUST.  Let me assure you (or warn you) this recipe makes a TON!

Here we go!

1 cup shortening
4 eggs
2 cups granulated sugar
3 tsp almond extract
3 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup milk
5 tsp baking soda
red food coloring
16 oz maraschino cherries (drained and roughly chopped)
1 cup chopped almonds
2 lbs all purpose flour

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. 

In a large bowl or bowl of your stand mixer add in shortening, eggs and sugar.  Mix until smooth.  Add in extracts, half of your milk, baking powder and your desired amount of red food coloring  I chose for mine to be just a nice pink color.   Mix again until combined.  Now mix in your cherries, and your nuts.  Start adding your flour just until combined for each addition.  Mine took all 2 lbs, yours may not.  You want a nice soft dough.

Roll your cookies into balls, and place on a parchment lines cookie sheet.  Bake for 10-12 minutes.  Remove to a cooking rack after 5 minutes of cooling on the cookie sheet.

IDEA!  You can use some of the maraschino cherry juice, add some powdered sugar, and a little butter and make a drizzle for these cookies as well.  I did not do that but last night, while laying in bed, I thought it would have been cool!  Let me know if you do it and post your photos on FB or Instagram and tag @ftchefwannabe.

Wishing you a blessed, happy, peace filled holiday season my dear friends!

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