I have been meaning to try these for WAY too long...ever since I first saw Joolz post about them. They are so pretty! Joolz says it's a never-fail recipe, and I've seen her post about them several times, so I know they must be a favorite at her house.
Joolz' recipe is here. I had to do a little web research to convert some of the measurements and ingredients, so I'm not 100% sure I got it exactly like hers, but they look the same, and they taste yummy! :)
12 Tbsp of softened butter (not margarine!)
1/3 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1/3 cup corn starch
1 cup flour + a bit
candied cherries, halved
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Using an electric mixer, cream butter, vanilla & powdered sugar together until pale and creamy. Stir in flour and corn starch to make a soft dough. Add a touch extra flour if you need to. Put dough in a piping bag, and pipe the cookies onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Add a cherry to the center, and bake for approximately 12 to 15 minutes until just golden. Watch that they don't brown too much.
Since we have a couple of kidlets here that don't like cherries, I made some with cherries and some without. They melt in your mouth! I think they will be an oft-baked favorite at our house too!