I'm Danish, mostly, and I would love to tell you how I grew up eating tons of wonderful Danish food, baked by my apron-wearing mother, using recipes handed down to her from generations dating back to the 1600's while my grandfather told us Hans Christian Andersen fairy tales.
Although my Danish Grandfather did not read us stories, his name was Hans. Actually, he had 6 names...Janse Hanse Peter Theodore Leo Martensen, to be exact, because if the Danish can make something more difficult, they will. This Danish recipe, however, will be simple and tasty, I promise.
I can tell you that when I was a child, on Christmas Eve and visions of sugarplums danced in my head, they looked like this....
Yeah.....that's a cherry inside that wonderful, flaky Danish pastry dough and then covered with cream icing. So much easier to make than they are to say! You can just call them "Cherry Balls" if you want.
Here's what you need to make them.
- 1/2 cup softened butter
- 1/4 cup powdered sugar
- 1 1/2 cups flour (just regular all-purpose flour)
- 1/8 tsp. salt
- 1 tsp vanilla or almond flavoring (I used half of each)
- Maraschino Cherries
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- 2-3 Tbsp. heavy cream
- 1 tsp. vanilla
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix butter and sugar to a creamy consistency. Add flour, salt and vanilla. Mix with your fingers.
Now you are ready to wrap the dough around the cherries. I know that many Danish women pride themselves on how thin they can get the dough in this process, which yields more cookies. I'm not one of them. I did it about like this.
|Make a little ball of dough, flatten it out with your palm, make an indentation in the center for cherry and pinch the dough around it.|
Cool and dip in icing. I sprinkled mine with colored sugar because I'm a big old kid and I like colored sugar....and anything that I might even imagine to be sugarplums!
No wonder Hans Christian Andersen came up with such wonderful fairy tales. His mother probably did wear an apron and make these for him while his Grandpa told him stories.
These make an awesome addition to your Christmas cookie trays, but they're pretty yummy anytime.
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