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Ho Ho Surprises
48 red or green maraschino cherries (about one 16-ounce jar)
1 cup butter or margarine, softened
1/3 cup confectioners' sugar
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
Drain maraschino cherries thoroughly on paper towels; set aside.
Put butter and 1/3 cup confectioners' sugar in a large mixing bowl. Beat with an electric mixer on medium speed 3 to 4 minutes, or until well mixed.
Stir in almond extract.
Add flour and salt; mix well.
Stir in pecans.
Shape about 2 teaspoons dough around each cherry. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet about 1 inch apart.
Bake in a preheated 375 degree F oven for 12 to 15 minutes, or until set but not brown.
Roll in confectioners' sugar while still warm. Let cool.
If desired, roll in confectioners' sugar again.
Reprinted with permission from the National Cherry Growers Foundation.
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