These were a little time consuming in that they require some chilling, and you have to make the filling as well, but overall, these were pretty easy. Read more for my notes and suggestions.
Ingredients for cookies:
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup shortening
1/4 tsp soda
2 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp salt
Ingredients for Filling:
24 maraschino cherries, chopped
1/2 cup maraschino cherry juice
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons of butter
3 tablespoon cornstarch
1 cup orange juice
As seems to be the norm with these recipes, I used about 1/2 cup less sugar than the recipe called for. After beating the eggs, sugar, vanilla, and shortening, I added the flour slowly. After 2 cups, I decided it was enough. I then added the salt and the soda, and wrapped it up in plastic wrap to chill for an hour in the fridge.
Then I added everything else to the pan. Let it heat to a boil, then boil for 1 minutes, stirring constantly. As could be expected, it turned into a jam-like consistency.
First, the bottoms are made and put on the baking sheets.
The cookies on this came out REALLY tasty. Unfortunately, the filling did have a little bit of that cherry cough syrup taste. Next time, I’m using strawberry jam, or tart cherries.
EDIT: Okay, apparently my tastebuds are crazy. Everyone RAVED about these cookies.