Cherry Winks Cookie

Cherry Winks Cookies

I made the Cherry Winks Cookie Recipe when I sold my first Christmas Tray’s (I sold 10 trays) back in 1987.   But each time I made cookies trays, there were more people who wanted them.  You see, since I love to bake, I would make trays for all the big holidays.  I started at Christmas, then the following year I made trays for Valentine’s Day, Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas (and by time Christmas came that year I was selling 25 trays).   I did this while I was working a full-time job too.

Cherry Winks Cookie Recipe


Cherry Winks

1 cup sugar

¾ cup shortening

2 Tbsp. milk

1 tsp. vanilla

2 eggs

2 ¼ cups flour

1 tsp. baking powder

½ tsp. salt

1 cup chopped pecans

1/3 cup chopped maraschino cherries, well drained

1 ½ cups coarsely crushed cornflakes cereal

15 maraschino cherries, quartered

Heat over to 375F.  Grease cookie sheets.  In large bowl, combine sugar, shortening, milk, vanilla and eggs; beat well.  Stir in flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, pecans and 1/3 chopped cherries; mix well.  At this point you can refrigerate dough for easier handling for 1-2 hours.  Drop by rounded teaspoonful’s into cereal; thoroughly coat.  Form into balls; place 2 inches apart on prepared cookie sheets.  Lightly press maraschino cherry piece into top of each ball.  Bake 375F. for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown.

5 dozen cookies

(Recipe is from Pillsbury Classic #75, page 80)

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