Baking Cookie Gifts ~ How to Make Delicious Cherry Wink Cookies with Photos and Instructions

Cherry Wink Cookie

Homemade Cherry Wink Cookie
Homemade Cherry Wink Cookie | Source

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Here we are rapidly approaching the Thanksgiving and Christmas time of year when thoughts of friends and family gatherings as well as food and gift giving comes to mind.

For several weeks now I have been making and freezing homemade cookies and have now finished the project. They are all safely put up into containers in our large chest freezer and will all be thawed at one time when I am ready to assemble the twelve different kinds that I baked this year and apportion them into decorative cookie tins.

After Christmas last year when the cookie tins that had not previously sold were put on sale, that is when I did some shopping and purchased the tins that I will be giving away this year after filling them with the assorted cookies.

The smaller cookie tins fit nicely into the larger ones so that they did not take up too much space in our hall closet where they were stored.

All of them are now washed and dried and in a short time will be leaving our home filled to the brim with sweet delights.

I think that most people truly appreciate homemade gifts and since the majority of people like cookies...they always seem to be gratefully accepted. Since we have been giving them away now for many years...some people actually start questioning my husband as to the progress of the cooking baking!


Maraschino cherries

Maraschino cherries cut into quarters (to start the process)
Maraschino cherries cut into quarters (to start the process) | Source

Cherry Winks


This cherry wink recipe takes a few extra steps to accomplish but is so pretty and festive when mixed in with more plain looking cookies that it has been made year after year even though other cookies are sometimes varied.

The topping of that piece of maraschino cherry actually does seem to wink at one! Or is it just my imagination? Wink! Wink!

Cookie ingredients


Cherry Winks call for the following:

  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup shortening ( I use Crisco )
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup chopped dates
  • 1/3 cup chopped maraschino cherries (plus a quartered cherry for the top of each cookie)
  • 2 1/2 cups cornflakes or more as needed

Instructions:

Begin by sifting the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt into a bowl.

Sifting the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt together into a bowl.
Sifting the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt together into a bowl. | Source

Combine the shortening and sugar creaming them together. Blend in the eggs and then add the milk and vanilla making sure that all is well mixed after each addition.

Adding the eggs to the mixture of shortening and sugar.
Adding the eggs to the mixture of shortening and sugar. | Source
Blending in the sifted flour mixture into the wet cookie mixture.
Blending in the sifted flour mixture into the wet cookie mixture. | Source



At this point grab your bowl of the sifted dry ingredients and gradually add them to the wet mixture blending well.

Cookie batter prior to adding the nuts, dates and chopped maraschino cherries.
Cookie batter prior to adding the nuts, dates and chopped maraschino cherries. | Source

Finally add the pecans, chopped dates and the chopped maraschino cherries.

If you do not have pecans, walnuts can be substituted. I actually grabbed the walnuts by mistake this year and it worked out fine...according to my hubby who did the honors of tasting them after the cherry winks were baked.

The cookie batter looks like this after the final addition of the nuts, dates and maraschino cherries.
The cookie batter looks like this after the final addition of the nuts, dates and maraschino cherries. | Source
Dropped teaspoonful of cookie dough into cornflakes where they will be rolled into a ball shape.
Dropped teaspoonful of cookie dough into cornflakes where they will be rolled into a ball shape. | Source

Now to begin the job of assembling these cherry winks...


Shape into balls using a rounded teaspoon of dough for each cookie making them about the size of un-shelled walnuts. Naturally you can make them a bit smaller or larger if desired...it is up to you to decide!

This batter is quite soft...could probably be chilled although the recipe does not call for that. I found it is easiest to merely drop the batter by teaspoonful into the slightly crushed cornflakes and then with one hand they can be rolled in the cornflakes into the semblance of a ball shape prior to placing onto a greased cookie sheet.


Cherry wink dough rolled in cornflakes and put onto greased cookie sheet.
Cherry wink dough rolled in cornflakes and put onto greased cookie sheet. | Source

Next...top each cookie with a quartered maraschino cherry. Press down slightly so that when the cookie is baked, the cherry will remain on top.

Maraschino cherries adorning the top of the cookies prior to baking.
Maraschino cherries adorning the top of the cookies prior to baking. | Source

Bake in a 375 degree Fahrenheit oven for 10 to 12 minutes. If using a convection oven several sheets of cookies can be baked at one time and oven time will be reduced by a few minutes.

Baked Cherry Wink cookies hot out of the oven.
Baked Cherry Wink cookies hot out of the oven. | Source

Take off of baking sheets and store on wire racks until completely cooled. Do not stack or store until cold.

Makes about 5 dozen cookies.

Batch of Cherry Wink cookies cooling on wire racks.

Batch of Cherry Wink cookies cooling on wire racks.
Batch of Cherry Wink cookies cooling on wire racks. | Source

Aren't these Cherry Wink cookies pretty?


As a part of a cookie assortment, they really add some color and pizzazz to the mixture and besides that...they taste good!

Maybe you already make cookie gifts of your own or will consider making homemade cookies and giving them in the future? Be sure and check out some of my other tested and family approved cookie recipes. Some of the recipes date back several generations!

5 stars from 3 ratings of Cherry Wink Cookies Recipe

Look how pretty these cherry wink cookies look in an assortment readied for gift giving purposes.

Look how pretty these cherry wink cookies look in an assortment readied for gift giving purposes.
Look how pretty these cherry wink cookies look in an assortment readied for gift giving purposes. | Source

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Peggy W 14 months ago from Houston, Texas Author

Hi peachpurple,

I cannot advise you as to what to do. I know that some recipes do not act the same in different elevations or even if the dryness or humidity is a factor. I used to be able to make a crisp type cookie that could be filled and it worked great in Wisconsin. I tried making it here in Houston and it would not hold its shape because of the humidity. If you used all of the ingredients correctly, I would suspect that some other factor like what I just mentioned is involved. Too bad! Thanks for giving them a try.


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peachpurple 14 months ago from Home Sweet Home

i just tried this recipe but my cookies spread out and the dough is too soft. Should i reduce the eggs?


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Peggy W 18 months ago from Houston, Texas Author

Hi poetryman6969,

Having good neighbors is definitely nice and even better if they occasionally share some food. One of our neighbors recently brought us some home baked brownies. Yum!


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Peggy W 18 months ago from Houston, Texas Author

Hi Patricia,

Good luck with your fundraiser. These cookies get better with time so make them at least a few days early if possible. They freeze well also. Thanks for the votes and shares.


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poetryman6969 18 months ago

Love to try some of these yummy looking cornflake cookies. I think of them as cornflake cookies because I see that in the ingredients.

When we move I need to quiz new potential neighbors on whether they bake cookies on a regular basis.


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