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Nicole's Cherry Bonbons

18 Min

Nicole Johnson, a former Miss America, shared this recipe with us. The story behind it is that she often made these cherry treats when she was a young girl and shes still making them now, with her own little Miss America.

What You'll Need

  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 5 tablespoons corn oil stick margarine, softened
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar, divided
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons fat-free (skim) milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 24 maraschino cherries, drained with 2 teaspoons liquid reserved

What to Do

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a medium bowl, beat the butter, margarine, and 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar until creamy. Stir in the flour, milk, vanilla, and salt; mix well.
  2. Shape into 24 balls. Press each ball around a cherry and place on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake 18 to 20 minutes, or until light golden. Cool on a wire rack.
  3. Place 2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar in a shallow dish and roll the bonbons until lightly coated.
  4. In a small bowl, combine the remaining 1/4 cup confectioners' sugar and the 2 teaspoons reserved cherry liquid; mix well. Place in a resealable plastic storage bag. Cut a small corner off the bag and drizzle the glaze over the bonbons.
  5. Allow the bonbons to cool until the glaze is firm, then serve, or store in an airtight container until ready to serve.



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