If I have time this afternoon I'm going to try this recipe I found in Penzeys Spices ...............
CHRISTMAS MORNING COOKIES
32 cookies -- 325 -- ungreased - 20 min.
* 1 Cup butter (2 sticks), softened
•1/3 Cup sugar
•1-2 tsp. water
•2 tsp. ALMOND EXTRACT
•1 tsp. VANILLA EXTRACT
•2 Cups all-purpose flour
•1 Cup chopped pistachios (I'll use walnuts)
•32 dried cherries, for topping
•2 Cups powdered sugar, for coating
In a large mixing bowl,
cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
Add the ALMOND and VANILLA EXTRACT and mix well, using
just enough water to help the dough stick together if need be.
Fold in the flour and pistachios, and let the dough chill for
1-2 hours in the fridge. When ready to bake, preheat the
oven to 325°. Shape the dough into balls and place on
ungreased cookie sheets. Press one cherry on top of each
cookie and bake for 20 minutes. The bottoms will be light
golden brown. Remove from the pans and let cool at
least 30 minutes.
Place the powdered sugar in a big zip-top bag and, a
handful at a time, drop the cookies in and gently shake to coat.
Prep. time: 15 minutes plus 1-2 hours chilling time
Baking time: 20 minutes Yield: 32 cookies