Monday, December 21, 2009

Cherry Tassies

124. Each year at Christmas, I like to try new recipes along with our yearly favorites This recipe was from Better Homes Magazine back in 2008. I tore out the page and saved it. I have to say, they were fairly simple with multiple steps. You can find the recipe here.

Cherry Tassies

  • 1-1/4 cups butter, softened
  • 2-1/4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. peppermint extract
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup finely crushed striped round peppermint candies (about 18) (I used peppermint sticks)
  • 48 red maraschino cherries or liquor-flavored maraschino cherries with stems, drained
  • Coarse sugar

directions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly coat 1 3/4-inch muffin cups with nonstick spray; set aside. In large mixing bowl beat butter on medium to high for 30 seconds. Gradually beat in 1-1/2 cups of the powdered sugar, the baking powder and salt. Beat in peppermint extract, vanilla, and egg. Beat in as much of the flour as you can; stir in remaining flour and candies.

2. Place remaining 3/4 cup powdered sugar in a shallow dish. Shape dough in 1-inch balls; roll in powdered sugar. Press each ball into the bottom and sides of prepared muffin cups.

3. Place cherry, stem side up, in each cup (cherry will not fill the cup).

Bake about 12 minutes or until pastry is browned. Sprinkle with coarse sugar. Cool 10 minutes in pan. Use a small sharp knife to loosen tassies from cups. Transfer to rack to cool completely.

4. To store: Place tassies in a single layer in a covered airtight container. Store at room temperature up to 24 hours or refrigerate up to 3 days. Return to room temperature before serving. Makes about 48 tassies.

The Cherry Tassies baked so beautifully. I did not spray the cups but used a non-stick pan.

Christmas cookie baking is an enjoyable tradition in our home. Enjoy your traditions this Christmas.

"Let us remember that the Christmas heart is a giving heart,
a wide open heart that thinks of others first.
The birth of the baby Jesus stands as the most significant event in all history,
because it has meant the pouring into a sick world the healing medicine of love
which has transformed all manner of hearts for almost two thousand years...
Underneath all the bulging bundles is this beating Christmas heart."
~ George Matthew Adams

3 comments:

Natasha said...

Those cookies all looked divine! You are obviously an amazing baker-I would never be able to make these look so gorgeous and festive!

I hope that you and your family have a magical Christmas and that 2010 is full of happiness and joy.

Blessings and Christmas cheers, Natasha.

Karen said...

How yummy looking. You are so industrious! I do a lot of baking, but I would rather be cooking the actual meal. Crazy, right?
Have a Merry Christmas!
Karen
Ladybug Creek

Linda said...

Those look wonderful and like something I could even handle. I'm not a patient baker - I love to cook though. :)

A very Merry Christmas to you and yours with many blessings towards the New Year.

Linda ♥

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