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1 cup butter softened
1 1/3 cups all purpose flour
1/3 cup icing sugar or 1/3 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract - optional -
1/3 cup red maraschino cherry
1/3 cup green maraschino cherry


preheat oven to 360 degrees F
in a mixing bowl and using an electric mixer combine butter flour icing sugar and vanilla extract- mix until mixture is a smooth consistency
prepare cookie sheets with parchment paper
spoon out dough onto parchment lined cookie sheets by teaspoonfuls or by tablespoons for larger cookies spacing about 3 inches apart
cut maraschino cherries into quarters and place one piece in the middle of each cookie alternating with red and green cherries
bake in preheated 360 f oven for 15 to 20 minutes or until bottom of cookies are lightly browned - do  not overbake
remove from oven and let cool on cookie sheet for about 6 minutes
transfer onto wire racks to finish cooling
store in a container with a lid and separate each layer with wax paper
note- if you wish to add some flavor to the cookies add 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract or almond extract
use sprinkles half an almond or half a cashew or chocolate to the top of the cookies before baking
a thumbprint in the cookie filled with your choice of jam is very tasty
it has been suggested that the cookies be refrigerated for at least 1/3 hour before baking for a different texture