Christmas is a holiday that is full of traditions. One main tradition that is followed is that of desserts. Here are a couple that have been passed down through several generations.
Merry Christmas Bars
1 cup butter
¾ cup chopped red candied cherries
½ tsp. almond extract
1 cup sugar
2 cups flour
½ cup chopped holiday M&Ms
¼ tsp. salt
*Icing~ 1 cup powdered sugar, 5 tsp. warm water*
Beat together butter & sugar until light and fluffy; blend in egg and almond extract. Add combined flour and salt. Stir in ½ cup chopped cherries. Spread dough in ungreased 151/2 x 10 ½ jelly roll pan. Sprinkle with remaining cherries and M&Ms. Combine powdered sugar and water until smooth to drizzle on right AFTER baking. Bake at 300 degrees F for 30-35 mins.
Cool completely in pan until cutting into bars.
Cheery Chocolate Kisses
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup powdered sugar
2 t maraschino cherry juice
½ t almond extract
2 ¼ cups flour
½ tsp salt
½ cups Maraschino cherries (drained and chopped)
48 chocolate kisses
Combine butter, powdered sugar, cherry juice, almond extract; blend well. Stir in flour and salt. Add cherries. Mix well. Form dough into 1 inch balls. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Bake at 350 degrees F for 8-10 mins. Immediately top each one with a kiss. Remove from cookie sheets. Yields 50-60-cookies.
Hopefully your family will enjoy these Christmas cookies and bars. Maybe they can be included in your yearly tradition and can be passed down to the next generation.