Cherry-Walnut Balls



1/4  cup coarsely chopped maraschino cherries

1 cup butter, softened

1/2 cup powdered sugar

1/2 teaspoon almond extract

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

2 cups all-purpose flour

3/4 cup chopped walnuts, toasted

  Powdered sugar


 Preheat oven to 325F. 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. Transfer cookies to wire racks and cool completely.

If desired, roll cooled cookies in additional powdered sugar before serving.





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