Cherry Snowballs allrecipes.com - original recipe
1 cup butter (no substitutes), softened
1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
1 tablespoon water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup quick-cooking oats
1/2 teaspoon salt
36 maraschino cherries, well drained
2 cups confectioners' sugar
1/4 cup milk
2 cups flaked coconut, finely chopped
1. In a mixing bowl, cream butter, sugar, water and vanilla. Combine flour, oats and salt; gradually add to the creamed mixture. Shape a tablespoonful of dough around each cherry, forming a ball. Place 2 in. apart on ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 350 degrees F for 18-20 minutes or until bottoms are browned. Remove to wire racks to cool. Combine sugar and enough milk to achieve smooth dipping consistency. Dip cookies, then roll in coconut.
I drain and dry the cherries and chop fine (instead of putting one in the center) Add to dough. I don't use the coconut at all - just our preference. I thin the confectioners sugar with the cherry juice and dip the cookies in that.
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