Wednesday, July 23, 2014

JoAnn Fluke's Cherry Winks

These cookies are surprisingly delicious.  They sound a little weird, with the corn flakes on the outside, and the cherry juice, but they are pretty, and have a great texture, and I love the light cherry flavor with the almond and vanilla.  I found this recipe in one of JoAnn Fluke's books, and while I had to make some changes to make the recipe work for me, this was still a great addition.  Noah gave this an 8, and Owen and I gave it a 9.
Cherry Winks
Makes 24 cookies, 172 calories per cookie
Preheat oven to 375.
1 c butter, melted 
1 c white sugar 
2 beaten eggs
1/2  t vanilla 
1/2 t almond extract 
3 T maraschino cherry juice
1 t baking powder 
½ t baking soda
½ t salt
2 3/4 c flour
2 1/4  c corn flakes, crushed
1 small jar maraschino cherries for garnish 
Mix together sugar and butter.  Then add the eggs.  Stir in the vanilla, cherry juice, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.  Add the flour and mix well.  Crush the corn flakes and put them in a small bowl.
Roll the dough into balls and put them in the corn flakes and place on a greased cookie sheet. Quarter the cherries and put them into the top of the cookies. 

Bake for 10-12 minutes, cool for 2 minutes on cookie sheet, then finish cooling.

I had to use more flour and corn flakes than the recipe called for, these are my amounts, but be prepared to use less, start with 2 c of both and see what happens :).  Also, if you prefer no almond extract, just use the vanilla.

After letting these set covered overnight, they became quite a bit less delicious.  The cornflakes weren't great after the first day, they were no longer crispy.  So, if you are going to make these, be sure to serve them the day of making them.

1 comment:

  1. Your grandmother Holyoak made these cookies when your dad was young and they were his favorite cookies:> I have her recipe if you are interested. I don't particularly like them, maybe because of the corn flakes. Love mom