This recipe is by Jean Pare from Company’s Coming for Christmas, but my grandmother and mother have been making these for years.
The cookie exchange is the funnest part – the ladies brought potluck appys, drank wine and then we traded the goodies! If you have a group of friends who know how to cook this is a fabulous way to get some baking done in one shot!
Here’s the recipe I used.
1 cup butter (not margarine), softened
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 cup cornstarch
Maraschino cherries, quartered and blotted dry (optional)
Beat butter and sugar in a medium bowl for about 5 minutes until light and creamy.
Combine flour and cornstarch in a small bowl. Add to butter slowly, beating continuously until light and fluffy.
Drop using 1 Tsp for each, about 2 inches apart onto ungreased cookie sheets.
If desired, put 1 cherry piece in the centre of each cookie or add sprinkles. Bake in 375 F oven for about 12 minutes until edges are just golden. Let stand on cookie sheets for 5 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool. Makes approx 3 dozen cookies.
I doubled the recipe and that worked well too. You may end up adjusting the cooking time depending on how hot your oven is – I only needed 9 minutes for mine.<