Cherry Icebox Cookies – Valentine’s Week Day 1

Yep, I’m starting my Valentine’s Day week today instead of tomorrow. I want to squeeze in all the yummies that I can! I made Cherry Icebox Cookies today. I have no idea what they have to do with iceboxes, but so it goes. I clipped this recipe out of a Taste of Home magazine. They are delicious – but then again, I believe that anything that involves maraschino cherries is a good thing. A very good thing. (“Kiddie Cocktails” are still a favorite drink of mine)

Cherry Icebox Cookies
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1 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 egg
1 tea. vanilla extract
3-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tea. baking soda
1/2 tea. ground cinnamon
1/4 tea. cream of tartar
1/4 cup maraschino cherry juice
4-1/2 tea. lemon juice
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup chopped maraschino cherries (use a food processor for this if you have one!)

1. In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. Combine dry ingredients: gradually add to creamed mixture. Beat in cherry and lemon juices. Stir in nuts and cherries. Shape into four 12-inch rolls and wrap each in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 4 hours or until firm.

2. Unwrap and cut into 1/4-inch slices. Place 2 inches apart on a baking sheet. Bake at 375F for 8-10 minutes or until the edges begin to brown. Cool on wire racks.

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