Have you ever noticed that homemade cookies actually make you feel good? Think back on the last time you made cookies, as opposed to committing slow suicide with the store bought poison. Remember how they made the house smell sweet? Remember that first bite and the smile that creased your over-worked and under-appreciated Northern Nevada face. There is a magic to homemade cookies and there is also the important element of them being memories enhancers!
Whenever I make certain cookies memories of my mother come back to me. I remember her in some funky apron always forgetting to put on the oven-mitts when she reached inside to get that pan of fresh baked goodness. Oh yeah she would let out a few strings of cuss-words but did I care? Nope! I just wanted the cookies. I just wanted to take a handful, grab a glass of milk and head into the living room to watch Donahue (yes, I was a strange child).
Classic cookies are a major part of many of our lives and these Cherry Burst Butter Cookies are not only simple to make, but the memories they may conger up are priceless.
Ingredients needed to make Cherry Burst Butter Cookies (makes about 4 dozen, depending on size):
- 1 1/2 cups butter, softened
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 1 Tbs. vanilla
- 3 cups flour
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- Maraschino cherries, one for each cookie
- Pre-heat your oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicon sheet.
- Into a mixer, with the paddle attachment, beat together the butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla until smooth and light.
- Slowly add the flour and salt and beat to form a light dough.
- Spoon the dough into a pastry bag fitted with a large star tip.
- Squeeze the dough through the tip to form a star about the size of a lemon slice (these will spread).
- Into the middle of each star place a cherry (see pictures in slideshow).
- Place in the oven and bake 10 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and let cool on the pan 5 minutes.
- Remove from the pan and let cool on a rack until ready to eat.
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