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Cherry Winks Recipe

Cherry Winks

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"Cookies are rolled in crushed corn flakes and topped with a quarter of a maraschino cherry."

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Original recipe makes 5 dozen Change Servings


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Lightly grease baking sheets.
  2. Cream the shortening with the sugar. Blend in the eggs, milk and vanilla.
  3. Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add the flour mixture to the creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in the chopped pecans, chopped dates and 1/3 cup maraschino cherries.
  4. Shape teaspoonful sized chunks of dough into balls. Roll each ball in the crushed corn flakes. Place balls on the prepared baking sheets and top each cookie with 1/4 maraschino cherry.
  5. Bake at 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) for 10 to 12 minutes. Let cool completely before storing in airtight containers.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Dec 03, 2003

My auntie Kay made these 50 yrs ago and there is nothing that reminds me of christmas more than the cherry wink cookies. I had lost my recipe a few years ago. Thank you they are sooooooo delicious.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Dec 13, 2010

The dough was extremely sticky! There was no way I was able to roll them into balls. I had to use a cookie scoop then drop them into the crushed cornflakes and roll them around with a spoon. Personally I think the cookie is better without the corn flakes.


47 Ratings

Dec 02, 2007

This is the classic cherry wink recipe which is staple in our home over the holidays. Another variation is to simply roll the dough in sugar instead of cereal. Although my mom would roll them in coconut upon occasion which is a personal favorite.

Dec 20, 2003

Really nice collection of nuts and fruit in each cookie. One of the best cherry wink recipes that I've tried

Dec 03, 2003

this recipe had been in my family for over 25 years and is a holiday standard! It has something in it for everyone!

Jan 13, 2012

This recipe was the grand prize winner in the 2nd (1950) Pillsbury Bake-Off, and has graced many a family's Christmas cookie tray for decades. It's wonderful to see it here for another generation to enjoy. Tried and true, it never fails to please. In reference to the complaint about maraschino cherries being too wet, there is a crucial omission from the recipe. The cherries must be drained before inclusion. Placing them in a single layer on about 3 thicknesses of paper towels for 30-60 minutes is sufficient. Over the years, we have morphed the recipe to using half almond extract in place of half of the vanilla, because it fortifies and underscores the flavor of the cherries. Cheerful and always festive, they'll disappear fast.

Dec 19, 2003

It just isn't Christmas without these cookies. They are the first ones on my list eveyr year... I've tried making them without the dates and although they are still good...something about the dates makes a big difference and they seem to stay moist longer.

Dec 12, 2005

Like several other folks here, cherry winks have always been a part of our Christmas, and just the smell of them baking evokes wonderful memories of holidays past. Chilling the dough for a half-hour makes it much easier to work with. Thanks Sally, this recipe is just like my family's!


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  • Calories
  • 164 kcal
  • 8%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 21.6 g
  • 7%
  • Cholesterol
  • 12 mg
  • 4%
  • Fat
  • 8.2 g
  • 13%
  • Fiber
  • 1.1 g
  • 4%
  • Protein
  • 2 g
  • 4%
  • Sodium
  • 98 mg
  • 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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