This is probably my all time favorite Christmas cookie and I think my family would agree. Everytime I make them they don't even last the day!! To me, it's not the holidays without a fresh batch of my Grandma's cherry flips. I use this recipe every year and it never disappoints. My grandma actually hand-wrote the above cookbook and noted all of our favorite recipes which is such a wonderful idea! I hope you enjoy these as much as I do, the recipe makes about 14 or so small cookies, if you have an event you're making them for or a larger family I would suggest doubling the recipe! Enjoy!
1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup icing sugar
1 egg yolk
1 cup flour, sifted
1 tsp almond flavouring
1 bottle maraschino cherries, save liquid
chopped nuts (I use walnuts)
Cream butter until light.
Add sugar and mix well.
Add egg yolk.
Work in flour by hand. (I prefer to start with a spoon and then use my hands as it can be a bit messy at first!)
Pinch off walnut sized pieces, press in palm of hand, insert cherry and roll dough around cherry forming a ball.
Place on greased cookie sheet.
Bake at 325F for 10 minutes.
While the cookies are baking, make your icing. To make the icing, simply take about 1/4 cup of icing sugar, mix in the almond flavoring and a couple drops of the maraschino cherry liquid (always just add a couple drops and add more if needed! My home-ec teacher always taught me "you can always add more but you can't take away".)
Remove cookies from the oven and while still warm, dip the tops in the icing, and then the finely chopped nuts.