Cherry-Walnut Balls

"A surprising and delicious filling of maraschino cherries and toasted walnuts makes these sweet bites irresistible. Powdered sugar makes a quick (and delicious) topper. They will be well received as gifts also."
 
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Cherry-Walnut Balls created by KerfuffleUponWincle
Ready In:
58mins
Ingredients:
8
Yields:
48 cookie balls
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ingredients

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directions

  • Preheat oven to 325°F
  • Drain maraschino cherries on paper towels; pat dry to remove any excess liquid.
  • Set cherries aside.
  • Beat butter in a large mixing bowl with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds.
  • Beat in the 1/2 cup powdered sugar, almond extract, and vanilla until combined, scraping side of bowl occasionally.
  • Beat in as much flour as you can with the mixer.
  • Stir in any remaining flour, nuts, and cherries with a wooden spoon.
  • Shape dough into 1-inch balls.
  • Place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
  • Bake in preheated oven for 18 to 20 minutes or until bottoms are lightly brown.
  • Cool 5 minutes on cookie sheets on wire racks.
  • Roll warm cookies in powdered sugar to coat and transfer cookies to wire racks and cool completely.
  • If desired, roll cooled cookies in additional powdered sugar before serving. Makes about 48 balls.
  • *NOTE: To toast nuts, spread them in a single layer in a shallow baking pan. Bake in a preheated 325F oven for 8 to 10 minutes or until nuts are slightly golden brown, stirring once or twice. Cool completely. Chop nuts and set aside.
  • TO STORE: Place cookies in layers separated by pieces of waxed paper in an airtight container; cover. Store at room temperature for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw cookies, if frozen, before serving.

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  1. Scarlette S.
    Best cookies EVER!
     
  2. jessi_mcg
    Oh boy, I have been waiting for a chance to make these! I made 3/4 of a batch and got 32 balls...and I really had to reign myself in to get that many LOL! I used Smart Balance instead of butter, and was pleasantly surprised that it worked in these! Also...I shouldn't admit this, but I couldn't find my almond extract so I threw in a splash of amaretto instead. You couldn't tell in the finished product, though I will certainly try again when I find that pesky extract. I was hoping for a bit more pink color (these are going in Valentine's Day goodie bags), so I first tried adding more cherry juice then finally resorted to a bit of red food coloring. They came out a bit more red than intended, but the powdered sugar toned that down nicely LOL. Anyhow, thanks for posting a delicious treat that I know the recipients will love! Made for Veg*n Swap #19.
     
  3. jessi_mcg
    Oh boy, I have been waiting for a chance to make these! I made 3/4 of a batch and got 32 balls...and I really had to reign myself in to get that many LOL! I used Smart Balance instead of butter, and was pleasantly surprised that it worked in these! Also...I shouldn't admit this, but I couldn't find my almond extract so I threw in a splash of amaretto instead. You couldn't tell in the finished product, though I will certainly try again when I find that pesky extract. I was hoping for a bit more pink color (these are going in Valentine's Day goodie bags), so I first tried adding more cherry juice then finally resorted to a bit of red food coloring. They came out a bit more red than intended, but the powdered sugar toned that down nicely LOL. Anyhow, thanks for posting a delicious treat that I know the recipients will love! Made for Veg*n Swap #19.
     
  4. Cookin Swimmer
    I made 40 also...these were amazing. They are very delicate, and fall apart in your mouth with warm, cherry deliciousness.
     
  5. Chef Boone
    These cookies made great Christmas presents this year. I went very heavy handed on the size of the cookies and only got 32 of them. I also ended up giving fewer away because my wife and I ate many of them. The powdered sugar definitely needed to be applied quickly or it just falls off in transport. Fantastic Recipe.
     

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