Cherry-Almond Cups

Enjoy these baked cookies filled with almond paste and topped with cherries – perfect dessert for a crowd.

  • prep time 40 min
  • total time 2 hr 30 min
  • ingredients 11
  • servings 48

Ingredients

Crust

1
cup butter, softened
1/2
cup sugar
1
teaspoon almond extract
1
egg
2
cups all-purpose flour
1/4
teaspoon salt

Filling

1/2
cup almond paste, chopped
1/4
cup sugar
1
egg

Topping

1/4
cup sliced almonds
24
red candied cherries, halved
  • 1 In large bowl, mix butter and 1/2 cup sugar until well blended. Stir in almond extract and 1 egg. Stir in flour and salt until well mixed. Cover; refrigerate 1 hour if necessary for easier handling.
  • 2 Heat oven to 350°F. In small microwavable bowl, microwave almond paste on High 15 to 20 seconds or until warm. Stir in 1/4 cup sugar until well mixed. Add 1 egg; mix well. (Mixture may be lumpy.)
  • 3 Divide crust dough into 4 pieces; divide each into 12 pieces. Roll each piece into ball. Place 1 ball in each of 48 ungreased miniature muffin cups; press in bottom and up sides of each cup.
  • 4 Spoon about 1 teaspoon filling into each cup. Sprinkle or arrange several almond slices and 1 cherry half on top of each cookie.
  • 5 Bake 17 to 22 minutes or until centers are puffed and edges are light golden brown. Cool in pans 5 minutes. With tip of knife, lift cookies from cups. Cool completely, about 10 minutes.
  • Nutrition Information

    NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

    Serving Size: 1 Cookie
    Calories
    90
    (
    Calories from Fat
    45),
    % Daily Value
    Total Fat
    5g
    5%
    (Saturated Fat
    3g,
    3%
    ),
    Cholesterol
    20mg
    20%;
    Sodium
    60mg
    60%;
    Total Carbohydrate
    11g
    11%
    (Dietary Fiber
    0g
    0%
      Sugars
    6g
    6%
    ),
    Protein
    1g
    1%
    ;
    % Daily Value*:
    Vitamin A
    4%;
    Vitamin C
    0%;
    Calcium
    0%;
    Iron
    0%;
    Exchanges:
    1/2 Starch; 1/2 Other Carbohydrate; 1 Fat;
    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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