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How to Make Delicious Cherry Wink Cookies With Photos and Instructions

I grew up watching and helping my mother make homemade cookies. They were always in our school lunch boxes. Here, I share some family faves.

Homemade Cherry Wink Cookie

Homemade Cherry Wink Cookie

Favorite Cookie Recipes

Here we are rapidly approaching the Thanksgiving and Christmas time of year when thoughts of friends and family gatherings as well as food and gift-giving comes to mind.

For several weeks now I have been making and freezing homemade cookies and have now finished the project. They are all safely put up into containers in our large chest freezer and will all be thawed at one time when I am ready to assemble the twelve different kinds that I baked this year and apportion them into decorative cookie tins.

After Christmas last year when the cookie tins that had not previously sold were put on sale, that is when I did some shopping and purchased the tins that I will be giving away this year after filling them with the assorted cookies.

The smaller cookie tins fit nicely into the larger ones so that they did not take up too much space in our hall closet where they were stored. All of them are now washed and dried and, in a short time will be leaving our home filled to the brim with sweet delights.

I think that most people truly appreciate homemade gifts and since the majority of people like cookies they always seem to be gratefully accepted. Since we have been giving them away now for many years some people actually start questioning my husband as to the progress of the cooking baking!

Maraschino cherries cut into quarters (to start the process)

Maraschino cherries cut into quarters (to start the process)

Cherry Winks

This cherry wink recipe takes a few extra steps to accomplish but is so pretty and festive when mixed in with more plain-looking cookies that it has been made year after year even though other cookies are sometimes varied.

The topping of that piece of maraschino cherry actually does seem to wink at one! Or is it just my imagination? Wink! Wink!

Cookie Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup shortening ( I use Crisco )
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup chopped dates
  • 1/3 cup chopped maraschino cherries (plus a quartered cherry for the top of each cookie)
  • 2 1/2 cups cornflakes or more as needed

Instructions

#1. Begin by sifting the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt into a bowl.

Sifting the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt together into a bowl.

Sifting the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt together into a bowl.

Adding the eggs to the mixture of shortening and sugar.

Adding the eggs to the mixture of shortening and sugar.

#2. Combine the shortening and sugar creaming them together.

#3. Blend in the eggs and then add the milk and vanilla making sure that all is well mixed after each addition.

Blending in the sifted flour mixture into the wet cookie mixture.

Blending in the sifted flour mixture into the wet cookie mixture.

Cookie batter prior to adding the nuts, dates and chopped maraschino cherries.

Cookie batter prior to adding the nuts, dates and chopped maraschino cherries.

#4. At this point grab your bowl of the sifted dry ingredients and gradually add them to the wet mixture blending well.

#5. Finally add the pecans, chopped dates, and the chopped maraschino cherries.

If you do not have pecans, walnuts can be substituted. I actually grabbed the walnuts by mistake this year and it worked out fine according to my hubby who did the honors of tasting them after the cherry winks were baked.

The cookie batter looks like this after the final addition of the nuts, dates and maraschino cherries.

The cookie batter looks like this after the final addition of the nuts, dates and maraschino cherries.

Assembling These Cherry Wink Cookies

#6. Shape into balls using a rounded teaspoon of dough for each cookie making them about the size of unshelled walnuts. Naturally, you can make them a bit smaller or larger if desired. It is up to you to decide what size cookie you ultimately wish to have.

This batter is quite soft and could probably be chilled, although the recipe does not call for that. I found it is easiest to merely drop the batter by teaspoonful into the slightly crushed cornflakes, and then with one hand they can be rolled in the cornflakes into the semblance of a ball shape prior to placing onto a greased cookie sheet.

Dropped teaspoonful of cookie dough into cornflakes where they will be rolled into a ball shape.

Dropped teaspoonful of cookie dough into cornflakes where they will be rolled into a ball shape.

Cherry wink dough rolled in cornflakes and put onto greased cookie sheet.

Cherry wink dough rolled in cornflakes and put onto greased cookie sheet.

#7. Top each cookie with a quartered maraschino cherry. Press down slightly so that when the cookie is baked, the cherry will remain on top.

Maraschino cherries adorning the top of the cookies prior to baking.

Maraschino cherries adorning the top of the cookies prior to baking.

#8. Bake in a 375 degree Fahrenheit oven for 10 to 12 minutes. If using a convection oven several sheets of cookies can be baked at one time and oven time will be reduced by a few minutes.

Baked Cherry Wink cookies hot out of the oven.

Baked Cherry Wink cookies hot out of the oven.

#9. Take off of baking sheets and store on wire racks until completely cooled. Do not stack or store until cold.

Makes about 5 dozen cookies.

Batch of Cherry Wink cookies cooling on wire racks.

Batch of Cherry Wink cookies cooling on wire racks.

Aren't these Cherry Wink cookies pretty?

As a part of a cookie assortment, they really add some color and pizzazz to the mixture and besides that, they taste good!

Maybe you already make cookie gifts of your own or will consider making homemade cookies and giving them in the future? Be sure and check out some of my other tested and family-approved cookie recipes. Some of the recipes date back several generations!

Look how pretty these cherry wink cookies look in an assortment readied for gift giving purposes.

Look how pretty these cherry wink cookies look in an assortment readied for gift giving purposes.

Questions & Answers

Question: Can you use parchment paper instead of greasing the cookie sheet?

Answer: Lining a baking sheet with parchment paper is often used in place of spraying the sheet with cooking spray such as Pam, or using some other type of grease. So to answer your question, I would say yes.

© 2011 Peggy Woods

Comments are welcomed.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 15, 2019:

Hello Lea,

You have the timing right. It was in the 1950s when I first tasted these cherry wink cookies in my family home. My mother always baked homemade cookies as well as breads. She was an amazing all-around good cook!

Lea on December 13, 2019:

An amazingly delicious cookie popular in the 1950’s.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 09, 2019:

Hello Kyriaki,

So glad you liked the Cherry Winks. You will have to make another batch if they disappeared that quickly. Smile

Kyriaki Chatzi on December 09, 2019:

Hey, Peggy. I hope you're doing great!

So, I made this recipe over the weekend, and the cookies are almost over (FYI, it's Monday). Haha!

Amazing recipe! Congrats!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 15, 2019:

Hi Debra,

Yes, this is truly an old-time recipe. Your mother should be pleased to once again taste and enjoy them when baked by you.

Debra on November 14, 2019:

My mother used to make these for me and my siblings when we were little, I am going to make some for her! Thank you for the recipe!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 05, 2019:

Hi kimbesa,

In addition to tasting good, these cherry wink cookies are so pretty, particularly when mixed in with other cookies. Hope you enjoy them!

kimbesa from USA on July 04, 2019:

Those look wonderful...gotta try them!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 15, 2019:

Hi Aurelio,

Enjoy these cherry wink cookies. They are easy enough to make.

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on May 13, 2019:

I've never heard of these cookies but can't wait to try them. They seem easy enough to make and I can't wait to try them.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 17, 2018:

Hi Cindy,

Yes, these old-fashioned cookies do make for great memories as well as good tasting treats. Nice that we have similar memories and can still make these cheery wink cookies today.

Cindy on December 16, 2018:

I'm making these for Christmas. My maternal grandmother always made them. Great memories!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 08, 2018:

Hi Ethel,

When my mother was alive we often baked Christmas cookies as a team. It was fun working together. I miss those days! She is often in my mind as I continue to do it each year particularly when I use old family recipes.

Ethel Smith from Kingston-Upon-Hull on October 08, 2018:

You have inspired me to get busy baking for Christmas Peggy

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 07, 2018:

Hi Ethel,

I agree with you that Cherry Winks is a cute name for a cookie. I bake cookies often for my hubby who likes them. Normally I gear up and cook many more to give away as gifts during the Christmas season.

Ethel Smith from Kingston-Upon-Hull on October 06, 2018:

Love the name Cherry Wink Cookies. They look delicious. Thanks for the easy to follow instructions. I have not baked cookies or as we call them biscuits for ages

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 22, 2018:

You sound as though you regularly bake cookies. These cherry winks should make a nice addition to your collection of recipes. Enjoy! Thanks for the angel wishes. Sending some back to you and your family.

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on July 22, 2018:

If I had not already made caramel brownies for today I would have made these. They will be made for next Sunday for sure. Angels headed your way early this morning ps

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 21, 2018:

Hi Patricia,

I hope your group at church enjoys these cherry wink cookies. They are pretty as well as flavorful. Thanks for the angel wishes.

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on July 21, 2018:

Back again to drool over these cookies. I must make them for church coffee hour. I love getting clever recipes such as this that promise such flavor and texture. Thank you for unselfishly sharing. Once again winged creatures are headed to you all the way to Houston. ps

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on July 16, 2015:

Hi peachpurple,

I cannot advise you as to what to do. I know that some recipes do not act the same in different elevations or even if the dryness or humidity is a factor. I used to be able to make a crisp type cookie that could be filled and it worked great in Wisconsin. I tried making it here in Houston and it would not hold its shape because of the humidity. If you used all of the ingredients correctly, I would suspect that some other factor like what I just mentioned is involved. Too bad! Thanks for giving them a try.

peachy from Home Sweet Home on July 15, 2015:

i just tried this recipe but my cookies spread out and the dough is too soft. Should i reduce the eggs?

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 21, 2015:

Hi poetryman6969,

Having good neighbors is definitely nice and even better if they occasionally share some food. One of our neighbors recently brought us some home baked brownies. Yum!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 20, 2015:

Hi Patricia,

Good luck with your fundraiser. These cookies get better with time so make them at least a few days early if possible. They freeze well also. Thanks for the votes and shares.

poetryman6969 on March 20, 2015:

Love to try some of these yummy looking cornflake cookies. I think of them as cornflake cookies because I see that in the ingredients.

When we move I need to quiz new potential neighbors on whether they bake cookies on a regular basis.

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on March 20, 2015:

Hi Peggy

I do not recall reading this before and am so glad I found it.

We are doing a fundraiser for James that I wrote about a few hubs back. I am the cookie maker and I know these will be a hit.

Pinning sharing and voting up++++ They look sooooo good.

Angels once again are on the way ps

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 03, 2015:

Hi peachpurple,

I am not a professional baker but at times prior to Christmas our kitchen probably resembles the activity in a bakery. :))

peachy from Home Sweet Home on February 01, 2015:

ilove these easy to bake cookies, are you a baker? You should open a bakery shop!!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 09, 2014:

Hi Au fait,

Yes, there is still plenty of time to bake Christmas cookies or other things for the holidays. Thanks for the visit and share.

C E Clark from North Texas on December 09, 2014:

These cookies would make a wonderful gift for someone special this Christmas. Thought I would share this article/recipe again as there's still time to bake these wonderful cookies in time for Christmas gift giving. An affordable gift full off love. What could be better?

Wishing you and your family a wonderful Christmas!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 01, 2014:

Hi Au fait,

They do look like a festive cookie with the maraschino cherries on top. Thanks for the pin. Hope you make and enjoy them someday.

C E Clark from North Texas on December 23, 2013:

Pinned this to my 'Fabulous Deserts' board. This could be the best and least expensive gift a person could come up with in a hurry for that hard to find the perfect gift for person . . . they look beautiful and festive!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 23, 2013:

Hello Steve,

Hope your baking of the cherry wink cookies turned out well. These cookies seem to develop better flavors over time...even if frozen. Enjoy!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 22, 2013:

Hi Sunshine625,

They are certainly colorful when adding them to a mixture of cookies!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 18, 2013:

Hi Thelma,

Hope you like these cookies. They surely are pretty when mixed in with others. Thanks for the pin and share.

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on September 16, 2013:

These cookies look fun to make and even more fun to eat! :)

Thelma Alberts from Germany and Philippines on September 16, 2013:

Those look awesome. I love baking cookies especially during Christmas. I have inherited this baking cookies from my late mother-in-law. I will pin this for later use. Thank you Peggy. Voted up and shared, too.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 30, 2013:

Hi moonlake,

Thanks for sharing this colorful cherry wink cookie with others on your Pinterest cookie board. Hope you enjoy them!

moonlake from America on April 29, 2013:

Just had to add this cookie to my cookie board.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 06, 2013:

Hello anuramkumar,

Hope you give these cherry wink cookies a try. Happy to hear that you liked the photos and instructions. Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 05, 2013:

Hi ignugent17,

Nice to know that you liked this cherry wink cookie recipe and found the instructions with photos easy to follow. Thanks for your comment.

anuramkumar from Chennai, India on February 05, 2013:

They look mouth-watering. Thanks for the very clear explanation and photos.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 05, 2013:

Hi Mary,

Thanks for the share regarding this cherry wink recipe. Will go and take a look at your Valentine cookie hub right now.

ignugent17 on February 05, 2013:

Very useful! Thanks for sharing your recipe. :-)

Mary Hyatt from Florida on February 05, 2013:

Hi, Peggy W. I was just noticed this Hub as a related one to my new recipe of Valentine cookies that are filled with a cream cheese filling, and I thought : that cookie looks familiar! It was this Hub! Gave me a good reason to revisit this one and to reshare.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on February 01, 2013:

Hi vespawoolf,

The maraschino cherries add a colorful touch as well as flavor to these cherry wink cookies. They are also pretty when mixed in with other cookies as you saw from the photo. Appreciate your comment.

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on February 01, 2013:

These are beautiful little cookies and I love your photo of the cookie assortment you put together. I'm beginning to see how useful maraschino cherries can be on the baking scene. Thank you!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 18, 2013:

Hello peachpurple,

These cherry wink cookies seem to improve in flavor after a time...although they are good from the start. So feel free to make them days ahead of your Chinese New Years celebrations. Glad that you like the sound of this recipe and let me be the first to wish you a Happy Chinese New Year! :) Thanks for your comment and vote.

peachy from Home Sweet Home on January 17, 2013:

love yr cherry cookies. Looks easy to follow. Will try them for this coming Chinese New Year. Voted useful

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 29, 2012:

Hello czczcz,

Happy to be able to share this cherry wink cookie recipe with you. Hope you enjoy them! Thanks for your comment.

CZCZCZ from Oregon on January 28, 2012:

I love these kind of cherry cookies. Thanks for the recipe I look forward to giving a try for myself instead of the store bought ones next time I want to enjoy these delicious cookies.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 19, 2011:

Hi LadyLyell,

Yes, that handwritten journal of my grandmothers should definitely be handed down and stay in the family.

So your chef friend is now serving food at that Okavango safari site in Africa. How very interesting. Your hub on that subject was wonderful. Heading on over to read another one of your interesting hubs. Love your travel ones!

Thanks for your comments.

LadyLyell from George, South Africa on December 19, 2011:

I will be reading up on your recipes and thanks for bringing them to my attention. Cooking never came naturally to me and to this day I find myself having to follow a recipe step by step in which case I get there.

As for the handwritten cook book, it is more scribble that I started when my friend who is a chef came to the rescue when I was entertaining on special occassions. As he cooked I scribbled but my success story's end there.

As a matter of interest Francois, was snapped up as a chef for a camp near the Okavango which you read about. What a life he has!

Wasn't it wonderful how people like your grandmother wrote out recipes? This is such a personal item to be handed down.

Enjoy your day!

LadyLyell from George, South Africa on December 18, 2011:

Just loved your story above.

I will be reading up on your recipes and thanks for bringing them to my attention.

Cooking never came naturally to me and to this day I find myself having to follow a recipe step by step in which case I get there.

As for my hand written cook book, it is more scribble. I have a friend who is a chef and he came to the rescue when I had a special occassion and while he cooked I took notes.

He now is a chef in a camp near the Okavango Delta you commented on. What a life!

Enjoy your day!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 18, 2011:

Hi LadyLyell,

Let me know what you think when you bake these cherry wink cookies. I have featured many more tried and true cookie recipes in hubs if you want more.

A hand-written cookbook...that sounds like quite a project!

I have an old journal of my grandmothers with handwritten recipes and actually wrote 2 different hubs about it showing the ones that I actually tried. In many cases there were no directions...just the ingredients! It is old, needless to say.

Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 18, 2011:

Hi SanneL,

These cherry wink cookies are certainly that...pretty! Except for a few cookie gifts already made up in tins to be given away I have exactly one cherry wink left after hosting several groups of people in our home who helped themselves to a plate of assorted cookies. Am sure that won't last long! :)) Thanks for your comment and votes.

LadyLyell from George, South Africa on December 17, 2011:

I have added this recipe to my handwritten cook book. I just know these biscuits will be nice. Only recently I asked my aunt for a recipe as I prefer home baked food. Now I have a few to try.

Thanks!

SanneL from Sweden on December 17, 2011:

Oh my, these looks so yummy and pretty. Almost to pretty to eat!

Home-made cookies is a lovely gift idea now for the holidays. Thank you for sharing this great recipe.

Bookmarked, voted up and useful!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 04, 2011:

Hi oceansnsunsets,

You are right. I think that almost everyone appreciates cookie gifts...especially if they are homemade. The cherry winks seem to get even better with time. Hope you enjoy them. Thanks for your comment.

Paula from The Midwest, USA on December 04, 2011:

Hi Peggy,What a pretty cookie! I am going to try and make those cherry winks this next weekend, as they seem so festive. You are right in that they seem like they would be a festive addition to any cookie tray. Thanks so much for sharing it!

Cookie gifts can be so nice to give and receive. Its thoughtful and yummy. It will bring a smile any time you share. That is my experience anyway .:)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 03, 2011:

Hi RTalloni,

I agree that homemade gifts are most often appreciated because of the extra effort that went into the making of them and almost everyone likes eating a good cookie on occasion. Thanks for your comment and vote up. Appreciate it!

RTalloni on December 02, 2011:

Your cherry winks are pretty. I think people really do appreciate homemade baked goods as gifts. Thanks for the recipe links! Voted up and bookmarked.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on December 01, 2011:

Hi Mark,

I got the cookies that were made up ahead of time out of the freezer yesterday and after they were thawed divided them up into the many cookie tins. My husband made the first delivery of homemade cookies as an early Christmas gift today. Many more to be delivered and given away. As you say...homemade cookies make great gifts anytime of year. Thanks for your comment and glad that you liked this recipe hub.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 28, 2011:

Hi mljdgulley,

I have given tins of homemade cookies away for Christmas presents for many years...also big baskets of them in the past. Hope that your gift recipients appreciate all of your efforts! It is a labor of love. Thanks for your comment.

mljdgulley354 on November 28, 2011:

Peggy, thank you for this hub. I am making baked food baskets for Christmas presents this year. Your hub was timely for me

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 25, 2011:

Hi Hanna,

Hope you like this cherry wink recipe. We can all diet in January! Haha! Thanks for your comment.

Hello, hello, from London, UK on November 25, 2011:

Thank you for this lovely recipe and so easy to make. I'll be rounder than long after Christmas with all mine and your love recipes. lol

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 24, 2011:

Hello plinka,

Happy to be able to provide you with this cherry wink recipe. It is different from most others and stands out in a crowd just like a red dress at a black tie function. Hope that you and your parents enjoy this cookie recipe. Thanks for your comment.

plinka from Budapest, Hungary on November 24, 2011:

Another awesome recipe. Ok, I've bookmarked this one as well. At Christmas I'll be at my parents' place and I think some cookies will come in handy. I have not seen such recipe in the Hungarian magazines, so it will be a great hit. :-))) Thanks! Voted up!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 24, 2011:

Hi North Wind,

If you get a deal on large Santa suits...give me a call. Haha! Hope that you enjoy these delicious cookies. Thanks for your comment.

North Wind from The World (for now) on November 24, 2011:

By the time I am finished eating all these cookies kids are going to start asking me if I am related to Santa.Ha! But I am still going to try them!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 23, 2011:

Hi Om,

Here is how I handle it. I make the homemade cookies and as soon as they are cool, pack them up and freeze them until ready to thaw...pack into cookie tins and then give away. Less temptation that way! Haha! Thanks for your comment.

Om Paramapoonya on November 23, 2011:

Yep, yummy homemade cookies are awesome gifts. Your cherry wink recipe sounds so good, but there's just one problem. I might end up eating most of them myself instead of giving them to people! lol

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 23, 2011:

Hi Eddy,

Your house could smell like a bakery too if you start making all of these delicious cookies. Ha! At least you now know what a cherry wink looks like. Thanks for your comment.

Eiddwen from Wales on November 23, 2011:

Another recipe for me to bookmark.

I have quite a collection now.

Thank you for sharing and enjoy your day.

Eddy.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 22, 2011:

Hi Alicia,

It is nice to have completed this cookie baking marathon and it will be equally nice to be able to give these cookie gifts away when the time comes. Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 22, 2011:

Hi Cheryl,

Since you have tasted these cherry wink cookies as well as other that I give away as cookie gifts...this comment of yours has much meaning. Thanks!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 22, 2011:

Hi Mary,

Thanks for your comment and votes. Hope you enjoy the cherry wink cookies when you make and bake them.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 22, 2011:

Hello cherylone,

Haha! Here it to great "tasting" hubs! Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 22, 2011:

Hi Simone,

I agree...these cherry wink cookies are certainly distinctive when mixed with other cookies. Thanks for your comment.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on November 22, 2011:

What a lovely gift your cookie tins will be, Peggy. Making twelve kinds of cookies over several weeks sounds like a big job, but I'm sure your friends and relatives will appreciate your work! I love the name of these cookies, and like your other cookie recipes, this one sounds delicious.

Cheryl J. from Houston, TX on November 22, 2011:

Your cookies are the best. It is impossible to eat just one cookie. Great photos and information on making this delicious and beautiful cookie. A lovely gift idea. Great hub.

Mary Hyatt from Florida on November 22, 2011:

Well, as one cookie cook to another, I have bookmarked this Hub so I can go back and get more recipes. Thanks for sharing. These cherry winks are new to me, I'll try them out! You did a great job with the photos, too. I'll vote you UP, etc.etc. Goodnight.

Cheryl Simonds from Connecticut on November 22, 2011:

Another great 'tasting' hub. I love the hubs you do on baking. thanks for sharing.

Simone Haruko Smith from San Francisco on November 22, 2011:

Wow, I've never seen cookies like these before! What great gifts they'd make! Nothing like the old (delicious, but a but boring) traditional choices I'm used to.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 22, 2011:

Hello LadyLyell,

After you bake these Cherry Winks, let me know what you think. They are so pretty when I mix them into the cookie tins with the other cookies to be given away as gifts. Thanks for your comment.

LadyLyell from George, South Africa on November 21, 2011:

How yummy these cookies look and am sure they taste as good.

Will try,

thanks!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 21, 2011:

Hi livelonger,

The word "putsy" (pronounced like putt-see) was used in our family and I just assumed it was a German expression since that was most of our heritage. Wonder if anyone else has ever used that word meaning the same thing?

Jason Menayan from San Francisco on November 21, 2011:

Ah, OK - thanks for the explanation. Had never heard the word before!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 21, 2011:

Hi Prasetio,

Glad that you are enjoying these homemade cookie hubs. They do make for great cookie gifts at this time of year. Thanks for your comment and votes.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 21, 2011:

Hello leahlefler,

I have no idea how old this recipe is...but am sure that others in your cookie exchange group will undoubtedly be making others. Let me know how it turns out for you and what the reception was. The flavors seem to get even better with time. Thanks for your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on November 21, 2011:

Hi livelonger,

The word "putsy" as I came to know it meant that something took a little more trouble or was a little more intricate a project. It may have been some sort of colloquial expression...not a real word? These cookies are definitely more unusual looking...and quite striking as compared to most others. Thanks for your comment.

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on November 21, 2011:

Peggy, you are a master chief. I always love your recipes related with cookies. I thought we all glad to follow your step by step instruction. Thank you very much for share with us. Rated up and useful! Cheers...

Prasetio

Leah Lefler from Western New York on November 21, 2011:

What a festive cookie idea! We have a lot of "cookie parties" coming up (people bake 2 dozen cookies and then trade them for other cookies, so we get to come home with a wide assortment of different cookie types). I'll have to make these to trade!

Jason Menayan from San Francisco on November 21, 2011:

Why does my stomach always start rumbling when I visit one of your recipe Hubs? These look delicious. I've never seen a cookie with such an unusual texture to it (or that incorporated a maraschino cherry on top). I can very easily imagine how great they taste. And now you've piqued my curiosity: what does "putsy" mean?