I know there are a lot of people who don't like maraschino cherries, but I am here to tell you, you still MUST try these cookies!! I am one of those people who don't like maraschino cherries, but I LOVE these cookies!
I was telling my husband yesterday that I plan on making these cookies every Christmas season. The texture is perfect, they are moist and chewy. There is also coconut in them, still add it even if you aren't a fan, unless you are allergic of course. You don't even realize it is in the cookies.
I told my husband I was making these cookies, he gave me a funny look and said, "I didn't really like those cookies." Me, "What do you mean you didn't like them?! They were awesome!" Thirty minutes later I gave him one to try, after popping it in his mouth, "These are GOOD!" Me, "You just said you didn't like them." Hubby, "I must have been thinking of a different cookie cause those are delicious!"
Like I said, don't be fooled by the ingredients.
This recipe comes from my Mom's side of the family. Apparently my Grandma use to make this cookies around the Holiday season. It must have been before my time, I don't ever remember having these. I was missing out on these little gems for a lot of years.
I am so glad my Aunt Julie made them last year before we moved to Texas or I who knows how long I would have gone without this wonderful recipe.
Do yourself a favor before the Holiday season is over, make these as soon as you can, you won't regret it. I promise!
Maraschino Cherry Cookies
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup shortening
1 cup maraschino cherries
1 cup sugar
1 cup coconut
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla
4 cups flour
1 cup nuts (I didn't use)
Mix as for a cake, drop by spoonful (I use a small spoon, scoop some out and roll them into a ball and just barely flatten them between my hands) on an ungreased cookie sheet for 10 minutes at 375.