Cherry Winks Cookies


  • 3/4 cup (1-1/2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup pecans, finely chopped
  • 3/4 cup pitted dates, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup maraschino cherries, finely chopped
  • 3 cups corn flakes, crushed
  • 1 container (8 ounces) candied red or green cherries, halved


  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees, and prepare two cookie sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a bowl (of a stand mixer, if you have one), cream the butter and sugar.
  3. Add the eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition.
  4. Stir in milk and vanilla.
  5. In a large bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  6. Add in cream mixture, pecans, dates and maraschino cherries and mix well.
  7. Using a slightly mounded small cookie scoop, shape the dough into balls.
  8. Spread the crushed corn flakes onto a plate.
  9. Roll each ball in the corn flakes until coated.
  10. Place the balls onto the cookie sheet, roughly 1-1/2 inches apart.
  11. Gently push a candied cherry half into the top center of each ball.
  12. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until the cookies are browned.

The original recipe for these amazing cookies can be found here.

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