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Cherrypecan Balls

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Servings: 1
Categories: Cookies / Desserts

1  c  Shortening
3  oz  Cream cheese, softened
1  c  Sugar
1    Egg
1  t  Almond extract
2 1/2  c  Flour, all purpose
1/4  ts  Baking soda
1/2  ts  Salt
1 3/4  c  Pecans, finely chopped
36    Maraschino cherries,

Cream shortening and cream cheese in a large mixing bowl; gradually add sugar, beating until light and fluffy. Add egg; beat well. stir in almond extract. . Sift together flour, soda and salt in a medium mixing bowl; add to creamed mixture, beating well. Chill 1 hour. . Shape dough into 1 inch balls; roll in pecans. Place 2 inches apart on ungreased cookie sheets. gently press a cherry half in center of each cookie. Bake at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes. remove to wire racks to cool. Store in airtight containers in refrigerator up to 1 week. Yield 6 dozen

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