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Cherry Poppy Seed Winks

Most people like cookies but only some make them from scratch anymore and only a handful will make them from scratch year round. I think that's just awful. The store bought cookie dough tastes like chemicals and preservatives and cannot compare to the taste of homemade. Still, some will say it's a matter of not having time to make 'real' cookies. That's not really true either as it only takes a couple minutes (literally!!!!) to toss some ingredients into a mixing bowl and turn on the mixer. Spending 4 minutes longer can give you the taste of Grandma's Cookies verses chemicals and sugar.

What is really awesome is if you can take 30 minutes on a Sunday afternoon or evening and mix up the dough for 4 or 5 of your favorite cookie recipes. Pat into disks or rounds and place in freezer bags. Later in the week or months you can grab the homemade dough out of the freezer, slice and bake... just as quick as you please but without that funky store-bought taste.

Cherry Poppy Seed Winks

1 c powdered sugar
1 c butter or marg.,softened
1 t vanilla
1 egg
2 c flour
2 T Poppy seed
1/2 t salt
1/2 c cherry preserves

Heat oven to 300 degrees. In a large bowl, beat powdered sugar and butter until light and fluffy. Add vanilla and egg. Blend well. Add flour, poppy seed and salt. Mix well and drop by heaping teaspoons onto an ungreased cookie sheet.

With your thumb or the end of a wooden spoon, make an imprint in the center of each cookie. Fill each center with 1/2 teaspoon of preserves. Bake for 20 to 25 min. or until edges are light golden brown. Remove from cookie sheet. Makes 30 cookies.

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