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posted: 12/7/2011 6:00 AM

Cream Cheese Dainties

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  • Cream Cheese Dainties from Kathy Lee of Elk Grove Village are a holiday favorite.

       Cream Cheese Dainties from Kathy Lee of Elk Grove Village are a holiday favorite.
    File Photo Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer


1 cup butter, softened

6 ounces cream cheese, softened

1 cup sugar

teaspoon almond extract

2 cups flour

4 teaspoons baking powder

teaspoon salt

2 cups crisp rice cereal, coarsely crushed

Red and green candied cherries, cut in half

Heat oven to 350 degrees.

Cream together butter, cream cheese, sugar and almond extract until light.

In a separate bowl sift together flour, baking powder and salt. Add dry ingredients to butter mixture and mix until just combined. Chill dough 1 to 2 hours.

Shape into 1-inch balls, roll in cereal and place on ungreased cookie sheet. Top each with a cherry piece and bake just until set, about 5 minutes.

Makes four dozen.

Kathy Lee, 2005

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