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Published December 03, 2009, 12:00 AM

CHEF JEFF — ONE BYTE AT A TIME: Cherry Winks

Here is the second of three holiday cookie recipes from the Pillsbury Bake-Off.

By: Herald Staff Reports,

Here is the second of three holiday cookie recipes from the Pillsbury Bake-Off.

Cherry Winks

2¼ cups flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

½ teaspoon baking soda

½ teaspoon salt

¾ cup shortening

1 cup sugar

2 eggs

2 tablespoons milk

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 cup chopped pecans

1 cup chopped dates

1/3 cup chopped maraschino cherries

2½ cups cornflakes, crushed

Additional cherries for garnish

Sift flour with baking powder, soda and salt. Set aside. Beat shortening with sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, milk and vanilla. Beat in the dry ingredients. Add the pecans, dates and cherries and mix well.

Heat oven to 375 degrees. Grease a cookie sheet. Shape into balls, using a level tablespoon of dough for each cookie. Roll each ball in crushed cornflakes and place on pan 1 inch apart. Top each cookie with ¼ maraschino cherry. Bake 10 to 12 minutes. Cool completely before storing.

Yield: 5 dozen cookies.

Approximate nutritional analysis per cookie: 80 calories, 4.1 grams fat (0.8 grams saturated) 7.1 milligrams cholesterol, 1 gram protein, 10.3 grams carbohydrates, 0.5 grams fiber, 51.4 milligrams sodium.

Grab more food tidbits at the Chef Jeff blog at GrandForksHerald.com.

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