Suigared Cherry Jewels

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Preparation time: 25 mins plus chilling
Cooking time: 15 mins

Difficulty: Easy - for beginners
Serves: 30 servings


•1 cup butter, softened
•1/2 cup sugar
•1/3 cup light corn syrup
•2 egg yolks
•1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
•2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
•Additional sugar
•1 jar (10 ounces) maraschino cherries, drained and halved


•In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the corn syrup, egg yolks and vanilla. Gradually add the flour and mix well. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour or until easy to handle.
• Roll into 1-in. balls; roll each ball in additional sugar. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Using the end of a wooden spoon handle, make an indentation in the center of each. Press a cherry half in the center.
• Bake at 325° for 14-16 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool. Yield: about 5 dozen.


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