When you’re looking for a treat to share with family and friends or give as a gift, having a fantastic recipe in your arsenal can be sweet. Here’s one that fits the bill on ease of preparation and taste and that you’ll be happy to share with the ones you love. Created by Louanne Bertrand, a popular food blogger at Louanne’s Kitchen, it’s a cookie that’s great anytime of the year.
2 ½ cups flour
1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 ½ cups sugar
1 ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
½ teaspoon almond extract
1 large egg
1/3 cup finely chopped maraschino cherries
1 cup toasted and finely chopped pecans
Note: The dough must chill before baking. Preheat oven to 350º F when ready to bake.
Whisk flour, baking powder and salt together; set aside. Cream together butter, sugar, vanilla and almond un-til fluffy. Beat in egg. Mix in cherries and pecans. Add flour mixture, mixing until well incorporated. Pat dough into a disk, wrap in plastic wrap or wax paper, and chill for at least 1 hour, although overnight is best. Preheat oven to 350º F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or spray with nonstick spray. Using a small cookie scoop, portion dough onto prepared baking sheet, spacing cookies 2” apart. Bake for 11−12 minutes or until lightly brown around the edges. Allow cookies to cool for at least 5 minutes before removing to a cooling rack.