Cherry-Almond Balls


Cherry-Almond Balls

Cherry-Almond Balls

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I have included this treat in my Christmas baking for years, much to the delight of my family.  Instead of almonds, I’ll sometimes use pecans, and they’re equally loved.

         Ada Rost                                                                              Hernando, Florida


Cherry-Almond Balls Recipe

Cherry-Almonds Balls

¾ cup butter, softened

1/3 cup confectioners’ sugar

1 tsp. vanilla

2 cups flour

¼ tsp. salt

½ cup chopped almonds

60 red and/or green candied cherries

Additional confectioners’ sugar

In a small bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.  Add vanilla.  Combine flour and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well.  Stir in almonds.

Roll 1 teaspoon of dough around each cherry.  Place on greased baking sheets.  Bake at 325 F. for 15-20 minutes or until lightly browned.  Remove to wire racks to cool slightly; roll in confectioners’ sugar.

5 dozen

(Recipe for Cherry-Almond Balls was on, 2013)


Raspberry Almond Coffee Cake

Raspberry Almond Coffee Cake

Raspberry Almond Coffee Cake

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Raspberry Almond Coffee Cake Recipe

Raspberry Almond Coffee Cake

1 cup fresh raspberries

3 Tbsp. brown sugar

1 cup flour

1/3 cup sugar

½ tsp. baking powder

¼ tsp. baking soda

1/8 tsp. salt

1 egg

½ cup sour cream

3 Tbsp. butter, melted

1 tsp. vanilla

¼ cup sliced almonds

Icing:   ¼ cup confectioners’ sugar

1 ½ tsp. 2% milk

¼ tsp. vanilla

In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder & soda and salt.  In a small bowl, whisk the eggs, sour cream, butter and vanilla.  Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened.  Spoon half of the batter into a greased and floured 8” round baking pan.  Top with raspberry mixture.  Spoon remaining batter over the raspberries; sprinkle with almonds.

Bake at 350 F. for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.  Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to wire rack.   In a small bowl, combine the icing ingredients; drizzle over coffee cake.  Serve warm.             8 servings


(Recipe for Raspberry Almond Coffee Cake was in tasteofhome magazine, Recipes From Families Just Like Yours, April/May 2013)


Almond Crescents Cookie Recipe

Almond Crescents Cookies

In the early 80’s I was working for Grumman Data Systems in Bethpage, New York.  I had gotten this Almond Crescent recipe from one of the lady’s I used to work with.  It makes A LOT of crescents, so I cut the recipe in half.

Almond Crescents Cookie Recipe

Almond Crescents Cookie

2 sticks margarine

4 Tbsp. sugar

2 tsp. vanilla

2 cups flour

1 ½ cups almonds

Mix in order mentioned above.  Roll in small balls 1 inch; then shape into crescent shapes.

Use ungreased baking sheets.  Bake in 350F. oven for 13 minutes; done when it’s very light brown.

Let it cool awhile, and then roll the cookies into powdered sugar.

(Recipe for the Almond Crescents Cookie was given to me while I was working at Grumman Data Systems.)

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