It has been a long standing tradition in my family for each individual to make their choice of cookies at Christmas time. Sadly, the only one who still does this is my younger sister, but thankfully she always made the best cookies anyway. I’ve decided to be generous this year and share the recipe for these amazing cookies.
2 cups of butter or margarine softened (4 sticks)
2 cups powdered sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)
4 1/2 cups flour
1 12oz. package semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped pecans (optional)
1 cup maraschino cherries, drained and cut into four pieces each
In a large bowl, cream the butter (slice up the sticks of butter to go faster). Mix in powdered sugar, and beat in vanilla and salt. Gradually add flour, mixing until well blended–this isn’t easy because the batter gets stiff. Mix in chocolate chips, pecans and cherries (cut the cherries with scissors, it is easier than chopping). Again, dough will be stiff! Create teaspoon sized balls of dough and place then on an ungreased cookie sheet. Slightly flatten and bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. Makes 4-5 dozen cookies.
Special thanks to Pamela Kellow for her amazing cookie recipe and also my Sister for being so kind and actually making them for us each year.
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