December 11, 2012

Cherry Poppy Seed Winks

Continuing with the Cookie a Day theme,  a cookie that truly means "Christmas" for many people as they think back to Grandma's cookie tray at the holidays.   Although I'm posting my standard recipe - most of you know by now I always "play with my food" and one of the ways I play with this one is to use almonds instead of pecans and using delicious cranberry preserves in place of the cherry.  When I make them this way (as I did this year) I don't bother with poppy seeds. 

Cherry Poppy Seed Winks

1 c powdered sugar
1 c butter, softened
1 t vanilla
1 egg
2 c flour
2 T Poppy seed
1/2 t salt
1/2 c chopped pecans
1/2 c cherry preserves or half cherries, patted with paper towel to dry

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.  Roll into a ball.  Roll ball in chopped nuts.  Place back on the 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 or a cherry half. Bake for 20 to 25 min. or until edges are light golden brown. Remove from cookie sheet. Makes 30 cookies.

Rolled in nuts

Add an indentation

Fill with your preserves

I used cranberry this time instead of cherry.  Play with your food!

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