Preparation time: 25 mins plus chilling
Cooking time: 15 mins
Difficulty: Easy - for beginners
Serves: 30 servings
â€¢1 cup butter, softened
â€¢1/2 cup sugar
â€¢1/3 cup light corn syrup
â€¢2 egg yolks
â€¢1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
â€¢2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
â€¢1 jar (10 ounces) maraschino cherries, drained and halved
â€¢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.
â€¢ 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.
â€¢ Bake at 325° for 14-16 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool. Yield: about 5 dozen.