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Great gifts for giving
The perfect addition to any gift basket
Great idea for the holidays or any special occasion


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~ Cherry Filled Heart Cookies ~

1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
1/2 cup shortening
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1/2 cup milk
1 t vanilla extract
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 t baking powder
1 t baking soda
1/2 t salt

~Filling~
1/2 cup sugar
4 1/2 t cornstarch
1/2 cup orange juice
1/4 cup red maraschino cherry juice
12 red maraschino cherries, chopped
1 T butter or margarine
Additional sugar

Preheat oven to 375F.
In a mixing bowl, cream the butter and shortening;
gradually add sugar. Add egg, milk and vanilla.
Combine dry ingredients; gradually add to creamed
mixture. Mix well. Cover and refrigerate for at
least 2 hours. Meanwhile, for filling, combine
sugar and cornstarch in small saucepan. Add juices,
cherries and butter. Bring to a boil; boil and stir
for 1 minute. Chill. Roll out dough on a lightly
floured surface to 1/8 inch thickness; cut with a
2 1/2 inch heart-shaped cookie cutter dipped in
flour. Place half of the cookies on greased baking
sheets; spoon 1/2 teaspoon filling in the center of
each. Use a 1 1/2 inch heart-shaped cutter to cut
small hearts out of the other half of the cookies.
(Bake small heart cutouts separately.) Place the
remaining hearts over filled cookies; press edges
together gently. Fill centers with additional filling
if needed. Sprinkle with sugar. Bake for 8 - 10
minutes or until lightly browned.
Cool on wire racks.
Makes 4 1/2 dozen filled cookies

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Give as a gift in a white gift box embellished
with designs sponge painted on lid. Embellish
with Christmas ribbon and a heart-shaped cookie
cutter. Add gift tag.


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