Melting Moments

Source: Ann Marie D'Andrea (1987)
Prep time: 1 1⁄2 hoursCooking time: 30 minutesTotal time: 2 hours


1 1⁄4 c
all-purpose flour
2 T
3⁄4 c
confectioners' sugar
1 c
butter or margarine, softened
1 1⁄3 c
Baker's coconut
maraschino cherries


Combine flour, cornstarch and sugar in a large bowl. Blend in butter until a soft dough is formed. Cover and chill dough approximately 1 hour. Cut maraschino cherries in half. Preheat oven to 300°. Shape dough into 3/4-inch balls. Roll in coconut. Place 1 1/2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets. Lightly press 1 cherry half into each cookie. Bake 20 to 25 minutes, or until very lightly browned. Cool on cookie sheets about 1 minute, then remove to wire racks to finish cooling. Store in airtight container. Yield: 40 cookies. 


Variation: Instead of coconut, roll 3/4-inch balls in chopped pecans and continue with recipe.